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So I became a GTV owner back in May and with the car came a folder of assorted bills from all the work that had been done to it.
After 3 weeks the clutch went after getting quotes from a local Alfa specialist and a couple of other places my wife plump for the chuckle brothers! I think I posted about them collecting the car!
Got the car back and started to love the car again, I then met a brilliant mechanic who said 'when was the timing belt last changed?' It was the best part of 5 years ago 'you best get that done' the car had done less than 10,000 miles though 'that don't matter, if it goes that'll be the engine stuffed'.
So back to the specialist, they could do it but I'd be looking at the thick end of £1000, so I contacted a specialist in Royston, who answered all my silly questions and gave me a price! Everything I would need doing £450 but distance ruled them out. So back to the new mechanic friend 'you get what I tell you and I'll do it!'
How much? 'Shut up your a mate'
So I bought everything, the best I could afford, belts pulleys water pump, and a new balance belt. And new pulleys for the auxiliary belt.
It took him a week to do the job, mainly because he found so many problems with work that had previously been done, threaded bolts, and the like.
Now everything is back together and the car has a new lease of life, I've used it all this week for my commute and for a 17 year old car it goes like the clappers, something I don't think it did when I first got it.
I've always been one of the sceptics about timing belts need doing at the correct intervals but I'm a convert!
I never realised a length of rubber could make such a difference.
Sure the car has other issue to sort out but I have to say so far owning one of my 'always wanted cars' is getting better by the day!
I'm assuming this to be the norm for one of these!
 

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The tractor was five years, the 916 was over four and my late F355... well I think the new owner is just doing it, that too was nearly four years.

Italians are ******s when it comes to cambelt change intervals. They need to sort themselves out and get inline with other manufacturers ;)

It's the water pumps that are the issue and not the belt I think. If they don't change the water pump (or bearing in the case of the Ferrari) then arguably there's not much point in doing it.

So better water pumps. I'd pay three times as much for a water pump so the interval was five years instead of a poxy pathetic three.

The 916 was done early this summer. It'll be 2019 when we next do it.
 

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Did the one on my Giulietta about 6 weeks ago. The old water pump and tensioner looked like new still and the belt was only lightly worn.

Shame the new belt is making a howling noise, I think the new water pump is faulty so I have to redo the whole lot. Not happy :(

My GTV is also overdue on time (4 years old now) but the balance belt has been removed and it is under mileage so I am not worried about that.
 
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