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1.9 diesel cambelt frequency

how often do the cambelts need to be changed on the 1.9 diesel? are they as frequent as the twinnys at every 36k miles?
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72,000 miles
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Re: 1.9 diesel cambelt frequency

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thanks for reply chill. The 156 originally came out with 72k miles in the manual for the belt change but this was revised after all the premature failures. I take it this has not happened with the diesel?
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Re: 1.9 diesel cambelt frequency

Officially (both Dealers and the handbook) say 72k
If you are going to hit this whilst under 3 year warranty, great.

If your car is past the warranty stage, do really consider getting it changed at around 60k

Mine went at 63k, just outside warranty and Alfa didn't want to know. I gave up arguing and got a trusted independant to sort out the damage.
Happened to a couple more on here (GTs though for some reason, not sure what if any difference there is with engine components and ancillaries)

Dealers claim they do a visual check at around 60k, but I'm still not convinced that you can check a belt properly without removing it.

If it does go, the diesel is regarded as a 'safe' engine, so chances of major damage is much less than the twin spark.
With mine it ripped the rockers to pieces, and damaged the inlet cam. Valves and pistons were fine, but still more expensive than a regular belt change.
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