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Hi Guys

I am new to the site and looking forward to conversing with you's over the coming years, I have Just got myself a peach of a GT and could do with some advice if at all possible.

I am new to owning a GT so I would like to be brought up to speed with anything that might need to be done to it to keep it in top condition.

The car is on a 54 plate with 63000 miles, It has a full service history all stamped up in the book and a gov report to verify the MOT/mileage, it has only done 16000 since November 2008, It's a 2.0 GT jts 1 owner from new.

The guy who I bought it off(not the original owner) should me pics of the cam belt that were taken when it was last serviced, he said the mechanic thought it was in good condition and had been replaced at some stage in the past, now I am quite a trusting person but then again I can be quite the sceptic so I don't know if I should take what the guy said on face value and the fact the car has been well looked after by it's original owner or should I pay for it replacing, I suppose the question should be, at what mileage would you recommend the cam belt to be changed?

I flew down to London from Edinburgh on new years eve to buy the car and drove it up the road the same evening, I was going through a bit of bad weather around Cumbria(what a surprise) and then the fog decended to very low visibility, I ended up stamping on the brakes at one point as the road changed direction and the ABS and VDC warning lights came on, this lasted for 48 hours and they haven't been seen since, is there an issue with water getting into a sensor in and around the brakes that gives off this intermittant fault, I live in Scotland so it does rain alot and alot and alot up here:cry: which it has done since the warning lights went out but they haven't come back on again..

Last but not least, as its a low slung front on the GT I would expect a few stone chips etc which there are, the Alfa grill is chipped quite badly is there anywhere to get a replacement other than Alfa?

Sorry for the longwindedness of my 2nd post

Cheers

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JTS (and TS) Cam belts need to be replaced every 36000 miles or 3 years ... which ever comes first. No history would worry me enough to get it done asap!

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Cambelt needs replacing at 3 years or 36k regardless of it it looks ok (impossible to tell by looking at it I believe) so yours should have been done in 2007 and 2010 really
 

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I have found a garage local enough to me to get it done, does anyone know an approximate cost and is there anything else I should be thinking of getting done at the same time?
 

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1) It will be in the region of £350 ... that includes a new balance and aux belt.

2) ONLY use that local garage if they have (a) changed an Alfa belt before and (b) guarantee to use the correct locking tools.

Take a look at the AlfaWorkshop website which shows you their pricing and also a how-to on changing the cam belt. That will give you an idea of what is required ...
 
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I wouldn't worry too much about the VDC light if it has gone off. Alfas have a like to do odd things :lol:

What colour is it? Red tends to suffr more with stone chips. To be honest I wouldn't worry about them and would buy a touch up paint if I was overly fussed

Get the cambelt done and sort the rest when you have time
 

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New grills come up on ebay quite often. A new badge (with the uppermost part of the grill attached) can be had for about £25. Not sure about cost of entire grill.

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Welcome to the forum.

Great choice in car that man! (Or woman...)

To reiterate the previous comments, there are enough horror stories of belts going bang to make me get it done at the correct intervals, I got my derv one done 8K early!

As the front of the car technically has no bumper, it does get even more of a battering from stones etc. I have a touch up pen to do them as they appear. If it is bad, maybe look up the recent "Chipex" offer on the forum? Seems to do a good job.

Enjoy the car and the looks of envy you will get. :)
 

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1) It will be in the region of £350 ... that includes a new balance and aux belt.

2) ONLY use that local garage if they have (a) changed an Alfa belt before and (b) guarantee to use the correct locking tools.

Take a look at the AlfaWorkshop website which shows you their pricing and also a how-to on changing the cam belt. That will give you an idea of what is required ...

Cheers Gary, I found the garage Car garage Edinburgh servicing classic cars in garage Edinburgh through the Scotland part of the forum and they have had good things said about them, that Alfaworkshop site looks terrific, definitely one for the fav's.
 

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I wouldn't worry too much about the VDC light if it has gone off. Alfas have a like to do odd things :lol:

What colour is it? Red tends to suffr more with stone chips. To be honest I wouldn't worry about them and would buy a touch up paint if I was overly fussed

Get the cambelt done and sort the rest when you have time
I said that to the Mrs when she asked about the light a few days later.

Its Silver with red leather interior

Deffo getting the belt done
 

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New grills come up on ebay quite often. A new badge (with the uppermost part of the grill attached) can be had for about £25. Not sure about cost of entire grill.

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I will keep checking ebay regularly, there again I will get the Mrs to do it as she's either on there or facebook:thumbs:
 

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Welcome to the forum.

Great choice in car that man! (Or woman...)

To reiterate the previous comments, there are enough horror stories of belts going bang to make me get it done at the correct intervals, I got my derv one done 8K early!

As the front of the car technically has no bumper, it does get even more of a battering from stones etc. I have a touch up pen to do them as they appear. If it is bad, maybe look up the recent "Chipex" offer on the forum? Seems to do a good job.

Enjoy the car and the looks of envy you will get. :)

Man, well the last time I looked

Yeah the belts going to get done within the next two weeks garage permitting of course

I will have to get myself a touch pen, I might the bumper re-sprayed depending on cost because tbh it's the only thing that lets the car down even though you have to be close to notice it

A women walking her dog stopped the other day to watch the car go by, its certainly a head turner
 

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Gorgeous. My favourite Alfa combination. Had a 159 with the same combo. I do miss it!!!

My current GT is silver but with black leather
This is her here Philip Phedonos sports specialised cars : STUNNING GT COUPE 2.0 JTS RED LEATHER FULL HISTORY JUST SERVICED, after finding the ad on new years eve morning I was on a plane to gatwick within 2 hours.. once I bought her I had a 6 hour drive from North London to Scotland and it was pure pleasure.

Only had a Sud before, is the 159 a typical Alfa drive?
 
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This is her here Philip Phedonos sports specialised cars : STUNNING GT COUPE 2.0 JTS RED LEATHER FULL HISTORY JUST SERVICED, after finding the ad on new years eve morning I was on a plane to gatwick within 2 hours.. once I bought her I had a 6 hour drive from North London to Scotland and it was pure pleasure.

Only had a Sud before, is the 159 a typical Alfa drive?
Stunning and very well priced

I found the 159 2.2 lacking a bit as is quite a heavy car for the engine size but the 2.4 JTDm was better once remapped (in standard it was a bit dull) and it didn't handle so well as very nose heavy. My favourite was the 3.2 V6. Not a rated engine by many Alfa-lovers but with the odd tweek or two I loved it and with the Q4 4WD system it handling superbly. Downside was awful mpg and £460 a year road tax...hence why I am driving a diesel at the moment :lol: or :cry:
 

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maybe look up the recent "Chipex" offer on the forum? Seems to do a good job.
+1. They're around £50ish so a little steep but you get a discount if you buy via AO. If you do a search there's a recent thread about it. Congrats on the new purchase. :thumbs:
 

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Stunning and very well priced

I found the 159 2.2 lacking a bit as is quite a heavy car for the engine size but the 2.4 JTDm was better once remapped (in standard it was a bit dull) and it didn't handle so well as very nose heavy. My favourite was the 3.2 V6. Not a rated engine by many Alfa-lovers but with the odd tweek or two I loved it and with the Q4 4WD system it handling superbly. Downside was awful mpg and £460 a year road tax...hence why I am driving a diesel at the moment :lol: or :cry:
Wow, you've certainly been through the specs, yeah the price of fuel is the thing that puts me off the most, I can save for the £460 a year but its the extra £20 a week in fuel costs thats the killer..
 
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