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Petrol engine sounds like a diesel engine

Hi, First post here being a newbie.

I drive a 2001 156 1.8ts with 79k on the clock. I've had this for 6yrs now and it drives fine to me. Due to circumstances I've listed this for sale. Potential buyer came today to have a look as was very happy with the exterior/interior of the car but as soon as i started it up he ran a mile. He asked if it was a diesel to which i stated it was a petrol engine. Sat inside the car you can't hear anything unusual and as it run's smoothly you wouldn't think anything was wrong. But standing outside of the car he was right in saying it sounds too loud for a petrol engine and indeed does sound like a diesel engine. Any ideas on what could be the problem or problems here? Any help will be very much appreciated. Cheers
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Sounds like it may be your cam belt variator. Would definately get it checked out.
 
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Sounds like it may be your cam belt variator. Would definately get it checked out.
Thanks for the quick reply. If it is the variator would i need to get the cambelt changed too at the same time or can just the variator be replaced? Plus any idea what kind of cost im looking at?
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Try an oil change first. When the oil gets old it gets thin. It will need replacing eventually but can usually wait until the next cambelt change. Yes, you will have to replace that as well. Upwards from 350-400!!
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How many miles since your cambelt was changed last?
 
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How many miles since your cambelt was changed last?
It's been about 20k since the cambelt change roughly 3 years ago. I've been quoted 290+ VAT (348) for new camblet, tensioners, variator from an Alfa Romeo specialist today.
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The belt is due a change anyway, the interval is 3 years or 36k miles whichever is sooner.


It may be worth selling it as needing a new variator and cambelt, as the price difference between a car with a recent belt change and one needing one may be less than the cost of getting it done.

If you see what I mean.
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