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Hi Guys,

This is probably a very exhausted subject, but I have recently had to put my 156 2.0L Twin Spark in for a variator change and subsequent cambelt swap, can anyone shed some light on how much they were charged for this.

I have had to pay £700.00!, not good, but worth it considering it's the best car I have owned.
 
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Ive been getting quotes cause the variator is on its way out and they seem to reabge from £500-£800 with all the belts plus the service!!!
Was yours serviced as well for the £700 or belts/variator only!!
Either way £700 is better than taking the risk and ending up needing a new engine at £2500!!!!!!
 

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That’s true! All they are doing is the variator and cam belt swap (no service). I bet I don't even get a valet!

The car is driving fine, but I have a feeling that it had the problem when I bought it and it has progressively got worse. Do you know if I will notice an improvement in power?
 
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Like you i just purchased my car a couple of months ago! The cam belts were changed by Veloces 2K earlier but the last owner didnt want the variator done!!! Big mistake as it is already starting to sound a bit diesel on start up and i know its going to need doing soon which means the belts need changing again before theyve even covered 10K, if only the last owner had spent the extra £80-£90 on a variator i would have saved £500-£800!!!! Still like you i love the car and for what it cost me it is providing excellent value!!
 

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I got the variator/Cambelt/all auxiliary belts/ spark plugs and a service for £607, the garage isn't an Alfa garage, but the guys who work there used to work for the Alfa Race team so they know the car. They did all the work in three hours and the engine has never sounded so good :D
 

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Looks like im paying over the odds, but just don't have the time to shop about. Alfa in Tonbridge have been very helpfull though (Should be 4 £700!). Can anyone shed any light on whether or not performance will be improved now this variator is being replaced.

By the way, driving a loan BWM 318i se at the moment until mines back, and it's not a patch on the 156, rear wheel drive or not!

Cheers for the help boys
 
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You might want to try Gonella Brothers (not sure of the spelling) in Catford, i have heard good things and apparently reasonably priced and specialise in Italian Cars!!
 

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I Should of signed up to the forum sooner! Great info boys, but the cars being worked on as we speak. In the mean time can i pick your brains on a few subjects. I have a 2001 (155 bhp) 2.0 Twin Spark. I don't want to go to crazy on modding it but can you steer me in the right direction for installing a remap/chip, changing the air filter, exhaust (would like a sportier sound) and tyres (have looked at OZ Super Turismo alloys ,17", but what rubber is recommended).

Any answers will be gladly noted.
 
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Looks like you have the same plans as me (except im sticking with the standard wheels for time being).

Havent done much research yet but the Larini Exhaust looks preety good and seems to be well recommended on here! As for induction/air filter green cotton was the one i was recomended. Havent done any mods yet (apart from clear repeaters) but as soon as i have funds i will do bits and pieces!!
 
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