Re: JTD M-Jet timing belt broken at 63k!
THis is really bad news PMjet16V. If it's any consolation, the cambelt on my wife's Alfa 147 Multijet 1.9 diesel JTD snapped about four weeks ago and, contrary to reports I had heard that the rockers/lifters etc would protect the valves etc on this particular diesel engine, caused about £1,800 worth of damage.
As the car has only done 38,000 miles (a March 2004 Lusso), was bought from a franchised AR dealer (in January) and has a FSH, I took the matter up with Alfa, via the dealer, who were, and continue to be, very helfpul, and Alfa has agreed to pay the full cost of the repairs etc as a goodwill gesture.
The next problem, however, was that it took Alfa nearly 4 weeks to source a replacement cylinder head for the car, but this has, at long last, now finally arrived at the dealer in Kent, who today (Friday 7/12) began the 2.5 days' worth of work needed to put the whole engine back together again.
While I have strongly criticised the Alfa supply chain to AR on several occasions over the past fortnight, for taking so long to find what you would think would be a readily available engine component, their Italy-based Customer Services Department, and a South African-sounding lady called Dawn in particular, have been very helpful throughout (as has Thames Fiat/Group in Tun Wells, the dealer). I think Dawn and her colleagues at AR have been really embarrassed about the difficulty in obtaining the "head". I have found them polite and helpful throughout; the issue seems to be that, with today's "just-in-time" stock ordering/holding systems, they have great difficulty getting hold of parts sufficiently quickly.
Hope you get your problems resolved anyway; your experience is really bad luck but seeminlgly, unfortunately, not that rare, on this engine! Jonathan