156 Cam Belt Problem
My 156 is just three years old and has done 28,000 miles. At the three year service I was told by the dealer that the cam belt tensioners have reached the limit of adjustment and had to be changed, meaning the cam belts had to be replaced as well. This work could not be done under warranty as the belt had not failed.
I had the work done at a cost of £505 and contacted Alfa to see if they would make a contribution to the cost. After five weeks of being pushed from pillar to post I finally received a call from an unsympathetic lady whose view is that this is a service item and it's tough that it has had to be replaced.
My service book says that at three years/36,000 miles the belt should be visually checked, nothing more. It says nothing about adjusting it. I have had a comment from a friend that a cam belt shouldn't need to be adjusted and that the dealer was looking for work.
I know cam belts are a problem on the 156 but mine is a fairly late model, October 2003 and I would have thought that a known fault would have been rectified six years into the models life.
I would appreciate view on this subject. At the moment I feel I have been taken for a bit of a mug.