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Just a few sneaky questions -

Hello everybodypeeps

I know this is a bit of a cheek but I need your advice

I am seriously thinking about buying a 147 2.0 T'spark lusso in red and I wanted to know when the cambelt's need to be replaced.

Also please can you advice me on what the cars are like to own generally ie are they reasonably reliable etc...

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welcome to AO dude....Alfa say 72k with an inspection at 36k..the general concensus is to replace the Belt and Tensioners every 36k and whilst your there, the variator and water pump if needed


 
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welcome to AO dude....Alfa say 72k with an inspection at 36k
Welcome to AO,

Consider it Alfa Law to sod the inspection and change all the parts at 36K, or every 3-4 years, what ever is sooner.

The engines are fairly reliable, just do a regular oil change and always check the oil 2-3 times a months, more so if your doing lots of miles.

If the engine sounds like a diesal, especially on startup from cold, dont worry too much, its just the variator on its way out, wont cause any damage, but budget £300-£400 in for a full belt and variator change
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Buy one u will love it. A real bargain on a 52 plate. But beware as they age they need plenty $$$ spent on - as above and also bushes will need changing, water pump, variator, belts, wheel bearings maybe. But its an iconic car for 5-6K, buy one fully loaded and look after it its a future classic. Im never selling mine if i can help it.
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I guess it is like any car - as they get older the more they cost to keep on the road
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I guess it is like any car - as they get older the more they cost to keep on the road
But unlike some other types of car, it's worth spending the to keep your Alfa running sweet, she'll put a smile on your face like nothing else.

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Welcome.

I think if you're buying a second hand Alfa you should get the belt changed for piece of mind.
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Hi Bertie

Always take a look at the service book, to make sure it has been at the intervals.

If you keep an eye on the oil, and replace the belt at 36K...you should have little trouble.

The MAF meter is a known problem, which effects performace...but this is due to the sensor head becoming fouled, but this can be cleaned up.

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if i were to get the timing belt replaced at 36k would I have to get the variator replaced at the same time or at the 72k schedule?
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if i were to get the timing belt replaced at 36k would I have to get the variator replaced at the same time or at the 72k schedule?
You may as well really for the sake of 80 (I think), you dont want it to start rattleing say 20K miles until the next schedulled service
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