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Cost of Aus cam belt change

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Can the Aussie's out there give me an idea how much the dealers charge to change a cambelt and/or variator on a 2.0 TS?

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Well from what I have been quoted from Various dealers in Sydney any where from around 900-1250 Dollars.

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Hi Reuven

Does that price include the service, or is it just the belt change?

Oh, and I forgot to ask - does the belt/variator have to be changed EVERY 36 months/60,000km? That is - is this maintenance item a one-off to replace suspect belts fitted during assembly, or are we stuck with this expense for ever, and ever, and ever............

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Hey Splash,
I had my cam/timing belt changed @ 60,000k with alfa parts including service for $850 by Alfa specialist not dealer. Dealers price was $1500 for the samething.
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Thanks 200 me old matey (I'm starting to sound like a pirate, so shall desist... ) $850 I can live with. Did they say anything about changing it again in 36 months/60,000km?
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I had my cam/timing belt changed @ 60,000k with alfa parts including service for $850 by Alfa specialist not dealer. Dealers price was $1500 for the samething.
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Hi Reuven

Does that price include the service, or is it just the belt change?

Oh, and I forgot to ask - does the belt/variator have to be changed EVERY 36 months/60,000km? That is - is this maintenance item a one-off to replace suspect belts fitted during assembly, or are we stuck with this expense for ever, and ever, and ever............

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Splashalot2000,

Its what ever comes 1st 60,000km or 3years Change of camblet and service is around $1100-$1250.

Infact I am due to get my cambelt done as My 3 years is almost up & I have only done 42,000km.

When I get my camblet done I will have to get it done at an authorized alfa dealer as I want to extend my warrenty on my 147. But if you dont intend to extend your warrenty, do what 200K did its the cheaper option! But make sure they use genuine alfa parts !
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Yup, to be on the safe side it should be changed every 60,000k's. But the next change will be a non-genuine cam belt cos the Alfa replacement belt is 3x the price. For me its significant cos that will come round annually The up side is I get to drive my bella heaps
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Thanks chaps. I was kind-of hoping it was a one-off expense. Oh well....
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Thanks chaps. I was kind-of hoping it was a one-off expense. Oh well....
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Maybe on your next Alfa which could have a GM based HF V6 with a timing chain instead of a Belt
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Maybe on your next Alfa which could have a GM based HF V6 with a timing chain instead of a Belt
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! You are a funny man, Stori

Actually, I did notice that the new Honda Accord Euro uses a chain instead of belt. It's definitely something I will take into consideration when it comes time to replace the Subie. I was thinking 156.....

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! You are a funny man, Stori

Actually, I did notice that the new Honda Accord Euro uses a chain instead of belt. It's definitely something I will take into consideration when it comes time to replace the Subie. I was thinking 156.....

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Think 157....... new V6............new Chassis ...........new body.......new name.......... and potentially bliss
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Think 157....... new V6............new Chassis ...........new body.......new name.......... and potentially bliss
...... and potentially the same engine as the Commodore in the next lane, and behind you, and in front of you, and oh, look, there's one over there too!!!!!!!!

I really, really hope I'll be pleasantly surprised. Otherwise, I'm desperately trying to convince myself a 156's boot is big enough for our principle family car (2 kids). Maybe the new Liberty GT might get the nod. When si teh 157 due, anyway?

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Hi Reuven

Does that price include the service, or is it just the belt change?

Oh, and I forgot to ask - does the belt/variator have to be changed EVERY 36 months/60,000km? That is - is this maintenance item a one-off to replace suspect belts fitted during assembly, or are we stuck with this expense for ever, and ever, and ever............

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I saw the sign at my dealer recommending a change every 3 years also. But if you look in the manual it says change it at 120,000k or 5 years regardless of mileage. That was one thing I consdidered when I bought the car (with a 4 year ownership intention). The 3 year recommendation is only for harsh conditions such as dusty environment or long period of idling. My plan is to pay $800 to extend the warranty and if it breaks it is their problem. I knwo three people with 156's that have had the belt break, and each time Alfa paid for the engine bits and they contributed $1500-2500 towards the labour. A bit iof a worry really....
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...... and potentially the same engine as the Commodore in the next lane, and behind you, and in front of you, and oh, look, there's one over there too!!!!!!!!

I really, really hope I'll be pleasantly surprised. Otherwise, I'm desperately trying to convince myself a 156's boot is big enough for our principle family car (2 kids). Maybe the new Liberty GT might get the nod. When si teh 157 due, anyway?

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Yeah the real worry is all thoseHolden petrol heads putting Alfa direct injection on their Commodores
The 157/8 will arrive 2005 for Europe, but unfortunately 2006 for Australia
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I saw the sign at my dealer recommending a change every 3 years also. But if you look in the manual it says change it at 120,000k or 5 years regardless of mileage. That was one thing I consdidered when I bought the car (with a 4 year ownership intention). The 3 year recommendation is only for harsh conditions such as dusty environment or long period of idling. My plan is to pay $800 to extend the warranty and if it breaks it is their problem. I knwo three people with 156's that have had the belt break, and each time Alfa paid for the engine bits and they contributed $1500-2500 towards the labour. A bit iof a worry really....
Hi Kevvie

I thought the 3 years/60,000km recommendation supersceded the handbooks longer change intervals. Also, I think city driving falls into the category of "harsh" usage. Interesting about your friends' 156 experiences - I know I'll be knocking on the warranty dept.'s doors if my belt breaks.
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Hi Kevvie

I thought the 3 years/60,000km recommendation supersceded the handbooks longer change intervals. Also, I think city driving falls into the category of "harsh" usage. Interesting about your friends' 156 experiences - I know I'll be knocking on the warranty dept.'s doors if my belt breaks.
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The warranty manual says to inspect every 3 years and replace at 5 years unless in harsh or dusty conditions. Normal suburban driving to me is not the same as stop-start city driving. As it turns out, the dealers say that they automatically replace them at 3 years because none ever last 6 years and if they break in between they could get the blame. Go figure. I ended up paying $900 at Lance Dixon, but was quoted $1200 at John Blair (both in Melb). Then got stung $250 to replace the rear pads and was told the front disks are nearly worn out. After 34,000km.

I also own a Honda. Changed the cam belt at 5 years, haven't touched the brakes after 6 years....different driving experience, different ownership experience
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Sorry, been away and am a bit late responding I guess, but just so you know I had the cambelt (variator etc) and 2 new rear discs and pads and a 60k service done by Quikspede in Sydney for A$1600. which isn't too bad all things considered. thats for a 156 Sillyspeed

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