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Hi all, ive got a feb 96, 155 2.0 16v t.s sportpack model, it is costing me about £280 in parts and over £300 in labour to get my variator replaced at my local alfa dealer! which i think is extortionate! But anyway, im booked in for next tuesday. The thing is - i want to visit some friends that are about a 3 hour drive away this weekend, and i was wondering if the variator is likely to damage the engine at all? It doesnt matter if the variator itself becomes worn further as im getting it replaced on tuesday like i said, im just worried other engine components might be affected??
Do you think im ok to go on the visit this weekend, or should i put it off?

Also i bought some mobil 1 a few days ago to use for its next oil change, but have since read on here that the selena oil is more suited to my engine, i dont mind paying for more oil if its better for my engine, what do ya think?

thanks!!

Rob
 
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Rob, I'm afraid to say it but that sounds like robery. The variator is about £70-£80, then the belts, probably some oil and filter but sound like you may be doing this yourself? would not expect more than £200 on parts if that. £300 for labour are they planning doing it all day, at most about 2 hours for trained mechanic so would be about £50 per hour i should imagine.

You'll be ok to drive with a duff variator it's just the sound and a little less performance if any you'll have to live with.

My best advise would be to find an alfa specialist to service you car and don't take it in especially at that price.

Where about's in England are you?

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Hi ian, thanks for replying. Im in essex.
Ive already bought the parts, and the labour is £70 at hour and theyve quoted me a 4 hour job. I did try and get it done by a mechanic i know for a much cheaper price, £100, but he couldnt get hold of the specialist tools he needed to do it as alfa wont sell there tools. So ive been forced to go back to the dealer.

The place im going is called fleet sales, its in westcliff on sea, its an alfa/fiat dealer.

Any advice would be great!

Cheers!

rob
 
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I know its a lot but i dont know anywhere else that can do it, if you know of anywhere please tell me!!

thanks

Rob
 

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there is a company that make the locking caps to do the variator for about £50 they would be a good investment they were in car mechanics when the alfa engine rebuild was done does anyone have there nomber i dont have it on me
 
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Hiya Rob, i had my variator/tensioner wheel etc changed on my 1.8 a couple of months back at the cost of £300 all inc. I believe the 2.0 would be a bit more. I had this done at Bianco in Surrey. I'm not too familiar with specialists in Essex, but you could try Clovertech in East London and see what they have to say http://www.clovertechuk.com/
If you can avoid going to a main dealer, then do so. There are plenty of specialists out there. I'll try and find one in your area if no one beats me to it !

Also check out the garage opinions over at alfaowner.com...you will have to register to use this if you haven't already done so.
 
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steve ! thanks, i have cancelled my alfa booking and have spoke to the guy at clovertech who im gunna book a day with tommorrow. Its costing £150!!!!! woohooo! eek!

Cant thank you enough steve, youve just saved me about £180!

cheers!
Rob :D
 

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Hi Guys

Apparently we all have the same problem with that bloody cam variator.
My solution is: I'm going to Italy on wedensday and will have the operation done where it is cheapest. Had some other things done last summer at almost 1/4 of the price in Denmark. Some lokal garage (Alfa though) did it with no problems. The biggest problem was communicating with the guy, he didn't speak English at all !
Sorry for you english guys. I gues it's not worth while for you.

Anyway
Have a nice summer.
 
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Oh, and pop on over to alfaowner.com and enter a garage opinion for them...we need to build up that list for all Alfisti :D
 

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Cam Variator replaced !!!!

Ok, it wasn't that cheap this time.
Maby because it was a big official looking garage.

Had also front Wishbones replaced, new cam belt + gasket.
The bill was 550,- Euro wich is 1/2 the price in Denmark ( in an autorised garage ).

Unfortunately, the "kid" had not tightened the wishbones properly so they began to make sounds on my way back to DK. Fixed it on a pit stop and off again. Wondering if it had been a woman ( sorry ) or a not tech. interested person .... what wheel would fall of first.?

By the way i saw a lot of GB tourist in that area ( Venice/ Ca'Savio ) so you English guys apparently go there on holidays too ...

cheers
 
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