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€1200 for timing belt and full service?

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I was quoted €1200 by Grandon's in Cork for a timing belt change and full service on the Giulietta. To be honest, I nearly died of shock when I heard that figure.

Sounds extremely high to me. It's the 1.6 multijet engine so it's not like I'm bringing in a super rare beast, the same engine is (I think) used across a number of Fiat cars and vans.

Thoughts? Surely it's a bit mad...
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Did you get a breakdown of the quote ?

I'd guess a full service for a diesel including oil & filters (oil, air, fuel & pollen) + other checks etc. would be between €300 & €400

Then add on the price of the timing belt replacement, it isn't long adding up, authorized Alfa service agent hourly rates aren't cheap !

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Did you get a breakdown of the quote ?

I'd guess a full service for a diesel including oil & filters (air, fuel & pollen) + other checks etc. would be between 300 & 400

Then add on the price of the timing belt replacement, it isn't long adding up, authorized Alfa service agent hourly rates aren't cheap !
True enough. I stand to be corrected here but the 1.6 JTDM2, while a lovely engine, isn't super-exclusive. It's used across a few Fiats and some vans too I think. You'd think it'd be cheaper.

Dan Seaman Motors quoted 950 for the timing belt/water pump and oil and filters. Still a little steep but a good 200 less than Grandons were quoting.
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Hi all,
I was quoted 1200 by Grandon's in Cork for a timing belt change and full service on the Giulietta. To be honest, I nearly died of shock when I heard that figure.

Sounds extremely high to me. It's the 1.6 multijet engine so it's not like I'm bringing in a super rare beast, the same engine is (I think) used across a number of Fiat cars and vans.

Thoughts? Surely it's a bit mad...
300 euros probably cost for service parts https://www.mister-auto.ie/offers/ti...KTBWP7610.html
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I can do it for 400 including timing belt kit and water pump and coolant.
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got 1.4MultiAir timing belt, waterpump, tensioner, coolant & labour 320 incl vat at TI Auto. What servicing is on a diesel other than filters and oil.
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got 1.4MultiAir timing belt, waterpump, tensioner, coolant & labour €320 incl vat at TI Auto. What servicing is on a diesel other than filters and oil.
Nothing massively special to do on the JTDM2. Water pump, tensioner, coolant, oil and air filters, fresh engine oil. Brake and clutch fluid was done at last service a few months back so the above can be considered the "full service". I'd ring TI Autos and ask only they're on hols at the mo.
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Hi all,
I imported an Alfa 159 2.4 a while back and there was spotty service history, so it needed everything; a timing and aux belt replacement, full service, oil cooler kit 380 +vat + labour, and I opted for the Autolusso replacement intake manifold with swirl flaps welded up (240 + labour + vat) while it was apart.
All came at the sharp end of 2,300 at a well-known Alfa specialist.

I think timing belt jobs, particularly on my 2.4, are unusually difficult. I don't think they gouged me or anything, but it was quite a shock, coming from my little self-serviced Ford before that. I'd never spent more than 400 on any of our cars before that (alternator + battery on her Toyota.
They were very decent about the bill too, let me pay most of it on collection and the rest after I next got paid a couple of weeks later.
I've been back a good few times since, always top lads.
That said, for little bits, I'll usually have a go myself first now, save a few bob if I can.

Got a power steering pump, belt and full set of pulleys and bearings in a box a couple of months waiting for a bigger set of balls to grow. The occasional squealing sound isn't that bad...
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Got a power steering pump, belt and full set of pulleys and bearings in a box a couple of months waiting for a bigger set of balls to grow. The occasional squealing sound isn't that bad...
Great post! I do a few bits and pieces myself.
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