Re: cloverleaf belt noise
I've recently bought an Alfa 145 aslo, and I just had to fork out some money for the timing belt + all the other bits and pieces that go along.
When you start your engine, does it kinda sound like a diesel engine while the engine is still cool? That's what happened in mine, and when that happen, as McGuinn says, its the Variator & Seals that need replacing. It was done on my car, and its nice and quiet now.
Wasn't too cheap tho. Too get my cambelt & variator along with all the bits they have to do at the same time cost me about £650... Ouch!