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Real Cost of Q2 & Cambelt Change, etc

First of all, Hi, and apologies if this question has been answered previously. I've had a quick search here and can't find an answer detailing costs of the titled.

My reasons for asking is to get an idea of the real world cost of purchasing a 147 GTA. I want a car that is going to be as reliable as i can make it. The car will probably see some track time and will also be taking me too and from the Nurburgring some time in 2008.

Anyway, if somebody could give me an idea of how much a cambelt change and the purchase and fitment to said Q2 from a independant specialist would cost that would be great.

If anyone could reccomend a specialist in or around yorkshire then please let me know.

Finally, should anyone wish to show me around there 147/156 GTA that lives in or around yorkshire that would be fantastic.

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Re: Real Cost of Q2 & Cambelt Change, etc

Hello Tim, and welcome.

Q2, is £260 for the parts, and about £300 for fitting - because it requires dropping the front subframe and dismantling the front suspension. Other than that, its a straightforward Diff swap.

However, at the same time, get the drop links (£10.50 each side, so £21) changed, and either get some new ARB's (Eibach, about £250? front and rear) or some replacement standard ARB bushes (£24 per pair).

Not sure on the cost of a cambelt change, sorry, no idea whats involved in it - can anyone else advise?

If its done over 50k you *may* want to look at getting the clutch replaced at the same time as the Q2, it shouldn't add much to the labour cost but will save some money on doing it on its own as its in the same 'work area' so to speak.

Also, if you going to be doing track work, I'd also advise buying a GTA with the 330mm brakes fittied (or budget for the work, see the pinned thread for costs) and also thinking about coilovers too. They're both considered pretty much essential for enthusiastic driving.

Well, I think that's about £3000 of your hard-earned spent already Good luck in the hunt, they really are great cars...

*Other owners - feel free to adjust my figures, most are guesstimate, others are EBSpares prices....

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Re: Real Cost of Q2 & Cambelt Change, etc

Cambelt change is about £500 from a specialist if you include the tensioners/pulleys and aux belt. Good time to check the water pump (and replace if needed with the one from a GTV as its got a metal impellor) and change the plugs.
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Re: Real Cost of Q2 & Cambelt Change, etc

Thanks guys!

I hope to find one with 330mm brakes, purely because it will be seeing some track work.

Apart from a back box the car will be staying stock, i've decided to spend on an expensive car rather than buying something a little cheaper then spending money to make the cheap car quicker. I've done this for last 5 years of my life and being honest i'm bored of the hassle more than anything else.

I'll definatley be factoring in the cost of cambelt if not already completed and Q2. The plan would be to purchase the car and then have it shipped off to a specialist to get a once over and the parts swapped as necessary.

What i'm finding strange is no matter where you go on the internet modifying cars is quite big news. I'd have thought the general alfa owner wouldn't be too fussed over messing with the thing.
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Good luck with your search, you wont be dissapointed
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