Re: Arrgghhhh Timing belt faliure GT JTD take 2
"How come I never ever hear of a V6 belt failing?"
Darren, V6 cam belt failure is VERY common if you try and take it to 72,000 miles. Alfa have not shortened the interval officially on the V6, but the general feeling is that somewhere around the 45,000 mark is the right time as few go before that, and lots go after. You change the water pump and belt tensioner as well, and any belt bearings that are not perfect.
Don't be tempted to leave it.
On the plus side, take care of the top end, and provided you change the oil and filter regularly, bottom end problems are quite rare on the V6, with over 200,000 miles being quite common. Some of the better maintained stateside 164V6s have done 350,000 miles with no probs.