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Hi

Couple (or more) of questions to ask here. I'm about to get a cambelt change done on my car. My understanding is that this requires the engine to be dropped out. If that is true, then I thought I may make the most of it. The garages here in Auckland have quoted me approximately $3500 to do the job:wow:. So.... 1) Is there anything else I should think about getting done at the same time (to make the most of the labour charges, and 2) Can anyone recommend a good garage in Auckland?

Here's hopeful! :rolleyes:
 

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You don't need to drop the engine out!

it can be accessed from the drivers side wheel arch

You should be looking at £500-£800

you want to change the belt all the tensioners and the water pump.
Airco-, generator-, water pump- and power steering drive belt with tensioners is also advised to replace since the area is accessable and the cost for replacing the stuff afterwards is relatively high. Complete job, including 6 new spark plugs cost me €1,200.--.
 

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$3,500 sounds bloody expensive.
A year ago on my 166 one of the bolts holding the torque converter onto the flywheel come loose and rattled around in the bell housing until it jammed between the converter and the starter motor. Wrecked the starter and damaged the converter. Euromarque, the Chch Alfa agents repaired it and we did the cam belt, belt tensioner and water pump at the same time. The whole job was about $5,000. Cam belt was $215, the tensioner $403.
 

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Cheers for that Bob. I'm in Auckland so expected slightly higher price, but I do think they are taking the p... Spoke to a local garage today and they seemed to know their stuff, so will get a quote off them in the morning. All I want to do is get her running without worries so I can get out and enjoy the driving again :)
 

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Just to add that to get at things they dropped the engine and transmission subframe out the bottom of the car in one piece. They then dismantled the gearbox, torque converter etc. I would have to say that this would make it a whole lot easier to get at things. Before we took it to them we tried to get at the starter motor while it was on the car to see what the problem was (with the bolt jammed the engine was locked solid). It is tightly packed in at the back of the motor what with drive shafts, exhaust manifolds and no room.
 

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Before you spend big money, contact AlexGS at Alfa Romeo Bulletin Board & Forums. He is in Hamilton NZ. Cheers and good luck.
 

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Had by belt changed at 60,000 miles - some allfa specialist guy in Royston - the Alfaworksop I think - Jamie Porter. Did a fantastic job, 12000 miles covered post cam belt and the engines not missed a beat (can't say the same for the gearbox) think it cost around £700 to £900. Reved it hard using the manual select rather than auto and the car has pulled like the preverbial train - seen impresive high 3 figure speeds (when the chance has arisen)
I think the job needs to be done by someone like this who performs this operation on a regular basis, replaced a few other bits under recommendation at the same time too, very impressive.
 

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Cheers all. I have spoken to the local garage today and they are quoting NZD 2500 worst case. That is significantly different to NZD4000! They will do the job on Friday , including checking everything else. If they do a good job (and I hope they do) then I'll post a recommendation for any other AKL based Alfa drivers.
 

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Cheers all. I have spoken to the local garage today and they are quoting NZD 2500 worst case. That is significantly different to NZD4000! They will do the job on Friday , including checking everything else. If they do a good job (and I hope they do) then I'll post a recommendation for any other AKL based Alfa drivers.
What's the NZD US$ rating?
 

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About NZ $2.60 to the pound and and about NZ $1.56 to US $1.00. Ask me again tomorrow and it will be different - the world we live in now
 

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I'm just getting ready to order a new timing belt, tensioner, idllers and water pump (metal impeller) and the price seems to be around the £300 mark (from Alfa Workshop and EB Spares). Anyone know of getting this stuff any cheaper from elsewhere? Also, am I right in thinking that you do have to change the two idlers at the same time as no one really mentions these in the previous posts (if I don't I can save 80 quid!)?

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