"The Alfa 3.2 engine Block is made in Melbourne Australia."
Does that account for its accent then.......
Symon, if your mate drove his old Saab round with a rattly chain then he had loads of warning before the actual chain failure, and fair enough, he made the economic decision to leave it. Cam belts don't give you that choice, they lunch your engine first.
As it happens Saab recognised the problem and quite often contributed to the upgrade. My dad's Saab 900 had its chain replaced FOC by Saab when it was four years old and done over 60,000 miles. It just got a bit rattly.
I've personally never had a timing chain problem ever with a car. Renault , Peugeot 204 x2, 304, 305, 404, 104. Skoda x4, Alfa x3, ford Escort 1.3 x2, Dutton Kit Car (1.6 pushrod ford)..and some of these cars were ancient when I got them. It just wasn't an issue to worry about frankly.
What a car the 156 would be without cambelt problems.