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3.2 V6 advice please...

I posted this on the 147/156/GT forum, but now believe I might get a better response here:

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I am recommending that my daughter buys a GT 3.2 V6...this one to be precise: Alfa Romeo GT 3.2 V6 Distinctive de segunda mano, Gasolina, ? 8.250,- en Burgos

It looks to me like it will need a new cam belt, water pump etc....maybe even an auxiliary belt plus idlers? I have no experience with this car or engine, so any advice gratefully received, particularly, how much can she expect to pay to get the necessary work done, and is there anything else you would recommend? Any indication of what the average annual maintenance cost is on this model?
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A brilliant engine...more expensive to run and maintain than a "normal" petrol or diesel. Suggest you go direct to Alfa specialist garages in your area for quotes. It would need doing by an specialist, or at least somebody with the correct cam-locks for the 3.2 engine..but make sure they are quoting for doing the job properly. Would cost about £800 to £1000 for that major service I would guess...spark plugs need doing every 60,000 miles, just to bear in mind while the timing belts are done.
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yeah more expensive to run than standard cars ... cam-belts should be done every 36k four years and cost in your area i cant comment on but as above does need specialist tools
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Thanks guys, for the info.

I already have a cam lock kit I used for my TS engines...is this any good for the V6? My daughter is very wary of running costs, or I should say, rather slow to keep her cars properly maintained, partly due to cost. She didn't follow protocol with her Fiat Bravo T-Jet, and now its turbo is not working, and will cost £1000+ to fix. Maybe, if the Alfa is in tip-top condition to start with, she will have learnt her lesson and keep it so...we can but hope!
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Ts cam locks aren't usable you need a set of 4 which are only for the 3.2 .. not 3.0 or 2.5 items but can be found easily enough if you intend to keep the car
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I run a 3.0 V6, more or less the same as the 3.2...

MPG on short journeys= horrendous
a run yesterday to bristol and back ( around 200 miles) returned a repsectable 34 is mpg..combined around 28, so liveable.

you will need camlocks specifically for it, i have done ''several'' TS cambelts and wouldn't tackle a V6 one , way to much to go wrong.

the 3.2 seems a bit more prone to rear bank HG failure mostly because of the manifold cats, ( not sure if this applies in SA) but can be addressed with CF2 manifolds or custom ones from wizard or alike.

cambelt is not 36k or 3 on the v6, that is for the TS, its 5 years and 72k, i would revise it to 4 years and 60k for safetys sake as a snapped cambelt or failed water pump in a V6 would cause catastrophic damage.

when cambelt is done, idlers tensioners and water pump need doing at the same time.

as its a GT, likely other jobs will be upper and lower front wishbones, as a start, expect some other bits...budget 20% of purchase price for the local Alfa specialist to get it ''up to scratch''

I would also do a compression test before buying a V6, if you are in a position to do so.


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...cambelt is not 36k or 3 on the v6, that is for the TS, its 5 years and 72k, i would revise it to 4 years and 60k for safetys sake....,
Alfa recommend 6 years or 72k, so 5 years/60k would be a good revision, but personally I think too conservative!
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Alfa recommend 6 years or 72k, so 5 years/60k would be a good revision, but personally I think too conservative!

what price peace of mind...


personally I tend to drive in a fairly spirted manner so make sure I'm on top of all the maintenance stuff...
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on the 3.2 as it has issues i would recommend 36k maximum and maybe 3/4 years as well... they failed new before 60k from the factory
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Well...what can I say? Thanks guys, for the advice and warnings! I guess everything has a price, and if you want peace of mind and fast fun, then you smile and bear it. Simples!

My daughter hasn't made up her mind about what car to buy yet...a pity there's no-one nearby with a car she can have a test drive in, that would probably convince her.... If she gets an Alfa, I will post again.
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