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Tale of woe

I cant believe how long its been since I last posted here!!!!!!

I felt I needed to share my tale of woe with other alfa owners.

I have had a wonderful 9 months in my alfa gt diesel, until monday morning that is, driving at 120km on the m7 when the mscf light comes on, cruise control turns off, accelerator non responsive and power steering goes. Managed to coast safely to HS, rang AA and got towed to alfa dealer and left it with them for diagnostics.

Move on to Tuesday morning and phone call confirms the worst with a timing belt failure, now got a week of no gt, driving a panda loaner and a big bill close to 2000.

worst thing is tb was changed at 35k miles and I had her booked for 100k mile service and tb change in 3 weeks time.

Grown man crying for last 2 days!!!!!!
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Did you not know that you should change the tb at every 36k miles?

If it was changed at 35 k and you left it to 100k you'd 28k miles of seriously dodgy driving?

What does the 2k bill comprise?
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Cambelt on the derv is 72k as recommended by Alfa though.
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Was told every 35k for petrol engines and 70k for diesel. Hence the wait for the 100k service. Havent got the full list yet what i know so far is tb kit, variator, water pump, valves, head overhaul, head gasket. Plus labour at main dealer rates
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Did you not know that you should change the tb at every 36k miles?

If it was changed at 35 k and you left it to 100k you'd 28k miles of seriously dodgy driving?

What does the 2k bill comprise?

The twinsparks and jts' have the interval at 36k or 3 years.. The diesels are 72k or 4 years as far as I know.
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How old was the belt? It's 72k or 5 years whichever is sooner.
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Plus labour at main dealer rates
That is going to sting. Have you any other choice rather than using a main dealer? Is it nearer Dublin than Kerry?
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Service book is in the car, will be checking dates when I get over to dealer on friday. However the csr is a 05 and had 70k on the clock when I got it 9 months ago. So she had been doing an average of 12k per year so could prob assume a max of 4 years since tb change
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Was only 30 km from dublin when it went, and not knowing was a tb failure at the time, went to main dealer. Prob the one instance while it will sting a good bit better to have main dealer do the work and have more comeback if things go wrong again. Wife n kids aint too happy at losing the holidays this year!!!!!!
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TI Autos might save you a few yo-yos and you could buy the wife a bunch of flowers with the change.
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Works already started, hope to have gt back next wed. But thanks for the info, might look up addy n nr of ti for future reference.
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duh my bad assumed it was a petrol.

I recommend a friendly indy, I'd to do the entire kit, and variator on mine and it was less than 1k for the lot including parts and labour (there was an element of mates rates between my mechanic and the dealer, but nothing to deal with on the parts)

2k at main dealer prices is about what I'd expect tbh

You were 5k short when it blew, I was seriously lucky with mine it was 5 years between changes and when it was inspected the balance belt tensioner was about to go and as I drove it to my mechanic I knew something was seriously wrong so I got some warning.
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Thats one of the annoying things bout it, no warning signs at all, just a bit of bad luck i guess.
One good thing though is that i'm told that afterwards she will be like new, so looking forward to that.
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I was lucky with mine, she went rapidly downhill, I knew she was dying when I dropped her to my mechanic, but there was a five year gap in the tb kit being replaced, so but for I knew that I was fecked.

The guys who replaced the kit said I was seriously lucky to have gotten her to them.

So no failing on your part they do seem to die and that's it, it's a matter of luck, and love as to whether you do the repair.

Again my apologies for thinking you were petrol and not diesel
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Glad you got yours in time, no need to apologise.

In future i'm changing the belt every 50k regardless.

Begs the question though, why in this day and age is one of the most important things in an engine a rubber belt!!!! I know there are cars with chains, you would nearly think that should be the standard now on all cars
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Chains can go as well.
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Glad you got yours in time, no need to apologise.

In future i'm changing the belt every 50k regardless.

Begs the question though, why in this day and age is one of the most important things in an engine a rubber belt!!!! I know there are cars with chains, you would nearly think that should be the standard now on all cars
Cheap ! Hence belt not chain .. Manufacturer's will save costs where and whenever they can .
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True, not as often, but the end result is the same i suppose. Big black hole in the bank account.
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I know , at times like these you wonder are we all mad ! then when you drive your Alfa again it makes it all Ok ..

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If it makes you feel any better I forked out €1750 for a snapped cambelt.
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Sorry to hear that, any repair over 500 is a big big hit.
Feelin much better today than yesterday, countin down the days til i get her back. Yesterday was in a mood like thunder, lets just say meetings were very productive........not
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Just think you will have 50k of trouble free motoring when you get her back
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Just think you will have 50k of trouble free motoring when you get her back
Exactamundo cant wait
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do you know if the belt snapped or the roller/tensioner craked?
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