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Service advice & Cambelt change - 156 2.0TS

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I have a MY99 156 2.0TS, 66K on the clock that I bought in 02 with 32K on the clock. It was last serviced at a local independent in Oct 06 (small service - oil and filter) with 64K on the clock. The previous service was at 60K in Oct 05 and had oil/filter/plugs/pollen filter) Looking back it last had a new air filter at 43K in 02.

In the last year I have done 2K and these have been mostly short local journeys. It went through its MOT last week without so much as an advisory.

Would you recommend an annual service even if the mileage covered in that time is nowhere near the recommended mileage service interval? I have had it serviced every year since purchase irrespective of mileage but is this necessary? Does the air filter need a change?

After reading here I have since realised that it will need a cambelt change ASAP. Alfaworkshop seem to set a low benchmark price of 380 for this (incl variator). My local specialist independent (L&M in High Wycombe) will do this for 755 with 72K service - I have asked for the price without service. The trip to Royston would seem worth it (on the face of it) - anyone else have other workshop recommendations?

Any advice you can give is appreciated!
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Re: Service advice & Cambelt change - 156 2.0TS

the service interval is miles OR time, which ever comes first. Old cambelts crack and weaken even without mileage so service it yearly anyway if your mileage is low. The cheaper workshop if its reputable would seem the obvious choice, just dont give the car stick until you get the belt changed. (it may break at low revs anyway but at least it stands a chance in gentle driving)

Keeping the oil tooped up to the max mark seems to have a bearing on this too, if the variator runs dry it may drag on the camshaft...leading to premature belt breakage??
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Re: Service advice & Cambelt change - 156 2.0TS

Thanks for that evilscotsman - Will the car really need an oil and filter change after only 2K miles? I'm not tight - just don't want to get it done unnecessarily.

I've just spoken to Alfa-aid in Maidenhead and they've quoted £641 for the cambelt (incl variator) - nice chap on the phone too. Still £260 difference is worth a drive if Alfaworkshop are any good?!
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Try AforAlfa in Alyesbury. Haven't used them, but he gave me a good quote of around £300 for the cambelt change. Or use that price to get L&M to quote a reasonable price!!

Otherwise, I'd go for the Alfaworkshop as I've heard good things and for that price it might be worth the drive.

Don't think AlfaAid will drop as they must have pretty high overheads on that garage on the A4 and have always been around the labour costs of a normal Alfa dealer.

As for the oil changes, personally I'd probably change the oil every year. Not sure about the oil filter .. probably bi-annual on only 2k but I'd forget which year probably so would do it anyway!

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Re: Service advice & Cambelt change - 156 2.0TS

yup go to the workshop.

or use AforAlfa

I change my oil and filter every year. At Least.

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it may seem a shame to throw oil away after such a low mileage, but oils can break down after time and probably is a good idea to do it yearly anyway. After all the forums are littered with people who have had engine failure due to timing belts or oil level issues, better safe than sorry.
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Re: Service advice & Cambelt change - 156 2.0TS

Just google AforAlfa ( http://www.aforalfa.co.uk/ ) - front page quoting £300 for cambelt change incl. of variator! Now that seems too good to be true? Gonna have to do a search to see if they get the thumbs up or not as it is cheaper and a little closer than Alfaworkshop.

evilscotsman - yup - you're right, I'm being tight!
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lol - thats my job
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AforAlfa is an active member both here and on the 155 forum. He posted last week about there being lots of competition in his area so he has to keep his prices low.
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Thanks - I'm gonna give him a call - there seem to be a few recommendations on here and more importantly no-one complaining !

EDIT - have got Paul from AforAlfa booked in for next Tuesday - sounds like a thoroughly decent chap over the phone! Will report back when the work is done (for the benefit of others using the 'Search' facility! )

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Well AforAlfa visited today and did cambelt and service on my driveway in the rain for a price that I am more than happy with. Paul seems a thoroughly nice chap and pointed out a couple of desirable bits of maintenance for the future but didn't force the work on me (which if I am honest I am ripe for because I haven't got a clue about most of this stuff )

Haven't taken her out for a spin just yet but plan on giving her a blast up to Boston/Skegness on the weekend so provided she survives that ( ) then I'll be posting in the Independent Recommendations thread to wholeheartedly recommend him.

And damn these forums for making buy things I really could do without! I went out and bought a richbrook twisty tax disc holder and some Mer leather treatment for my seats - typical - research ends up costing me money!
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