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Any one had a failure of belts within 4 or 5 years since the recommended change every 3 years? Just wondered as my car is low mileage last 3 years since belts changed & I have to date thought OK to last 4 or so years.
 

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The low mileage may actually be the worst bit - as it usually means it's done more start-ups as well, which puts larger wear on belt an tensioner. Long drives and fewer starts actually wear the belt less.
It's always a bit of a gamble, and is a head rebuild really something you want to explore/do?
 

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Yes usually get done, just thinking over with service due & belts & rear exhaust to replace with rear suspension just replaced. Lot a bits to do..................................................
 

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Up to you. There's a lot of people who drive their cars way past the 3 year time limit.

There is someone in my country, who is selling a 156 JTS, which according to them has never had the belt changed. Despite being a 2003 model and with 90kms. And there is someone else who has TS whose belt was last changed in 2007.
 

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I think the country the car lives in can make a difference as the temperature in England from hot then freezing months is no good for the belts coupled with short trips and the added bonus of rust we get.
 

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This forum is stuffed with messages from folk who tried to put off/didn't get around to a belt and waterpump change, and end up with head damage. They're even unhappier when they are told the sump has to come off to replace big end shells. Honestly, Google Alfa (ts,,jts) cambelt (failure,, broken)...
 

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This forum is stuffed with messages from folk who tried to put off/didn't get around to a belt and waterpump change, and end up with head damage. They're even unhappier when they are told the sump has to come off to replace big end shells. Honestly, Google Alfa (ts,,jts) cambelt (failure,, broken)...
Completely agree. Constant new threads asking the same question "should I change or not".

If you can't afford to run the car you shouldn't buy it in the first place.
 

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I've owned my 3.2 v6 GT since it was brand new. It's now 15 years old with 104k miles on the clock. The first belt change cost about 5% of the value of the car at the time, the last belt change, almost a year ago now, cost about 25% of the car's value. This economic calculation means that it's unlikely that it will be worth changing the belt again, hopefully the car will run for another 4 or 5 years before it snaps and I scrap it. It will have been 20 years of great joy!
 

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I've owned my 3.2 v6 GT since it was brand new. It's now 15 years old with 104k miles on the clock. The first belt change cost about 5% of the value of the car at the time, the last belt change, almost a year ago now, cost about 25% of the car's value. This economic calculation means that it's unlikely that it will be worth changing the belt again, hopefully the car will run for another 4 or 5 years before it snaps and I scrap it. It will have been 20 years of great joy!
Then in another 10 years the last of the Busso V6's will be a rare beast and worth a packet and you will regret getting rid of it.
 

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Alfa 1.6 TS here,not a GT,but when it comes to cambelts dont think it makes much of a difference.
First when i bought the car,the seller was dodgy,but did not have many options back then-2 weeks later changed the cambelt and sparkplugs + annual servicing=500 pounds( back in 2016).
This years,approx 15.000 miles later,changed the cambelt and water pump,cost almost 300 pounds.
Did not want to do it,but i thought that better this than driving a Peugeot 107. That thought is scary enough for me to pick some extra shifts of hell.
Financially speaking,even buying the cheapest car on a PCP is much more expensive than changing the cambelt and the suspension arms when needed. Definitely not be perfect,but this car is the lesser evil.
 

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I had the cambelt go on my Alfa 147 1.6 TSpark within 3 years, the belt kit was from EuroCarParts (might have just been a fault with the belt itself) but a few of the teeth had sheared off the belt, enough that it seized the engine.

Mark @ AlfaLusso rebuilt the engine with a OEM bel and so far so good.

www.alfalussospecialists.co.uk/
RH13 8AZ
 
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