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Hi,

Pains me to write this but this week the cambelt gave on my (54) 147Jtdm with all the usual implications.

I bought this car 5 years ago with 50k on it. Had the cambelt changed at 60k and it had just turned 120k so was preparing to have the belt changed plus a new set of brake disc/pads all round (already purchased!), looks like I am a few weeks late. I can honestly say it has been the best car I have owned in terms comfort and day to day driving and am gutted that the repair costs will make it impractical to proceed.

My issue is that it has a scrap value of virtually nothing and seems that a car that has been looked after and I would be more than happy to continue driving seems dramatic. The inside to me looks new with leather interior etc, good alloys and would love to think my misfortune could breed life into another Alfa. My question is, has anyone got any ideas as to who may take the car off me without resorting turning it into something resembling a red washing machine. The car is presently at my local garage but I am unable to move it without a flatbed and although the garage are understanding they will not want it in the way for long.
 

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Sorry to hear.

1 it is well documented that the diesel cambelt change is advised at 48k and 4 years due to water pump issues.
2. Ok the good news. It is totally saveable. Don't scrap it and anyone trying to tell you to is on a con. The 147 jtd holds strong money even at high mileage so you could repair it and probably still sell it on for a profit if you needed the cash back.
3. Autolusso are just round the M25 and will probably recover the car for you. You need to take it to a proper Alfa specialist who will sort it. Small back street garages don't have the specialist tools to fix it.
4. I think you'll be suprised when you speak to them and may have a different opinion of what to do afterwards. It will still cost a fair bit though. But it will be done right :thumbs:
 

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Isn't that the engine where the rockers snap rather than the valves? So the repair is new rockers + new belt and off you go. Less than a grand as I recall, which is a hell of a lot less than getting a different car.
 

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I was going to mention that but he said jtdm and I think they are all cf4 where they beefed up the rockers from the cf3 which I'm pretty sure were all badged as jtd 16v mjets. If it is a cf3 then yes you are totally right but if it is the cf4 they do bend valves :(. Why alfa changed that i don't know
 

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Thanks guys,

The values are bent and you obviously have to get so far into the job before any extra damage can be seen.

My issue is with a car that has 120,000 miles what else is waiting round the corner that will add to an already big bill. Will give autolusso a call to have a chat.
 

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At that mileage you'll have changed the suspension by now so there aren't many big jobs. Clutch and dual mass??? It's all relative. Don't be scared by a high mileage car. The jtd is capable of 200k with no major issues and now it's been apart it'll do a lot more. Keep us posted.
 

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Bad luck if the valves have gone.

The economics are still in favour of fixing it if the rest is good. Finding a new set of wheels will cost £4k or so to get something with a lower mileage and a few years newer plate. You still have no idea if the car is a good 'un, but you have spent £4k. The current car is known to be pretty good, and you're going to drop £1500 on getting the valves unbent. That's 2.5 k you haven't spent that stays in your pocket....
 
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Alternatively, a known good used engine for say £350-550 , you help swap over the bits to save labour and any mechanic can swap them over complete... Then change the water pump and cam belt as you planned for already a bit later. You can use the opportunities to check ancillary items and replace the a/r bushes a lot easier while they are working with engine out etc.;)
It's not the end of the world mate just a pain that you could do without... Turn a negative into a positive;)
 
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