Its one i'm looking to buy so not mine yet. The chap has had it a year and hasnt done them whilst he has had the car, but they may well have been done before he had the car. I'll have to find that out.
Do they have to be done every 36k?
As this is only a recent announcement by Alfa, then surely there are loads of cars out there with owners who wont realise this. If its been 72k for 'x' years, and then changes to half of that, then it can be too majorly serious?62k :wow: Do not use your car. Recommended mileage for belt change has been revised to 36k. Don't think driving it slowly will get you through as often it is at lower speeds they go, due to less inertia in the system, it puts more strain on the belt.
Umm, it kind of is. They've been breaking with monotonous regularity around the 48-50k mark. Just do a search on this forum. I'd love to know the figures of how many have lasted to 72k, I would be prepared to lay money on the fact that more have failed (or have been sensibly replaced beforehand) than have lasted.Iso it's not like all the twinny engines were exploding at some point between 36k and 72k and Alfa have only just cottoned on.
I absolutely agree with that. However, it just comes up time and time again and I can only think of one person whose belts have lasted the specified time.BN, you mean a forum which will attract people likely to be looking for advice on what to do about a failed cambelt... I think that may skew the statistics slightly.
I don't think it's a coincidence that most garages were telling people to change beforehand. It would have been to important to Alfa not to lose their fleet purchasers for them to admit it was a fault.I am sure that if more cambelts were failing ahead of the recommended service interval than those that lasted then some of the consumer watchdogs would have picked up on it.. and the Alfa reputation would be for exploding engines not rust buckets/dodgy electics.
Nor me, I'm just fairly convinced by the evidence I have seen albeit fairly anecdotal.Just my 2 pence and not looking to pick a fight...
You suprise me, cambelts, failures and costs for repair or replacement is probably the number one subject on this forum!Have done a search within the forum but couldnt find anything.
Just after a rough idea of cost for replacing cambelts on a 2001 156, 1.8. Its on 62k at the moment but the guy hasnt had them done.