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Hi All - I'm brand new to the site, and to Alfas.

I've been looking for a 147 2.0TS, and have found one - Hurrah!!

2001, 3 door 2.0TS Selespeed in silver with (only) 39K. This is for sale privately for £2,800. Full service history - but not all Alfa, as it belonged to a garage owner who did his own servicing. Full years MOT yadda, yadda, yadda.

My concern is, as always, the cam belt. There is no evidence in the service history that this has been changed. Is there any way of knowing just by examining the car? (Excuse my ignornace - I'm new to this!)

My intention would be to get this done ASAP after purchasing the car, but should I just walk away?

Any help/guidance would be appreciated as I don't want to end up with a "dog" (and a huge bill to go with it).
 

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The only way to check the condition of the cam belt is to remove the covers, even then you wouldn't know.
Is the guy you are buying it from still garage owner? I assume you're not getting a warranty then?
If you are going to buy it and get the cam belt done then, take it straight to the garage after you pick it up.
Have fun.
PS I would not go for selespeed personally, but I know many happy selespeed owners (well in the forum anyway).
 

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Hi All - I'm brand new to the site, and to Alfas.

I've been looking for a 147 2.0TS, and have found one - Hurrah!!

2001, 3 door 2.0TS Selespeed in silver with (only) 39K. This is for sale privately for £2,800. Full service history - but not all Alfa, as it belonged to a garage owner who did his own servicing. Full years MOT yadda, yadda, yadda.

My concern is, as always, the cam belt. There is no evidence in the service history that this has been changed. Is there any way of knowing just by examining the car? (Excuse my ignornace - I'm new to this!)

My intention would be to get this done ASAP after purchasing the car, but should I just walk away?

Any help/guidance would be appreciated as I don't want to end up with a "dog" (and a huge bill to go with it).
Hello and welcome!

I would say that if there's no clear evidence it's been replaced, assume it hasn't. You're looking at about £300 to get it done properly...

Can anyone suggest if this has been priced in already, based on the current market? Parkers reckons about £2500 for a 70k mile example - what are they going for in the real world? :)
 

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I presume 36K is the book instruction for changing the cam belt so if it hasn't been done - take straight away to the garage and do it or ask this bloke if he still own the garage (maybe won't charge you to much).

All the best
 

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£2800 sounds reasonable, though not generous. Depends on spec. Has it got any of the toys?
I flogged my 2001 147 2.0 with 110k on the clock for £2300 to a stealer.(But he did sell me my current 156 in return, for which no doubt he made a tidy profit).
 

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Offer him £350 less than you would have done. You'll want the balance shaft belt changed and the auxilliary belt as well as the cam belt and pulleys.:rolleyes: That will cover a specialist doing it. That way you know no corners have been cut which may take a year or two to manifest.:rolleyes:
 

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Guys & Gals,

Thanks for the warm welcome & all your advice.

If all goes well, I hope to be an Alfa owner by this time next week!

:lol:
 

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Well, I went & did it!!

Silver 147 2.0TS Selespeed now has pride of place n the drive.

Paid £2,800, but this includes a private plate which I intend to sell on for £500ish.

Drove it home yesterday - over 120 miles covering motorway, town & A roads (if anyone knows the A93 Perth to Braemar road - what a drive!!)

Going to the local Alfa garage for a service & cambelt this week.

Overall, I'm a very happy bunny!

Cheers All.
 
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