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Just bought my 156 2002 2.5 v6 with 36000 miles, got it at What I think was a great price. After reading all the posts about cam belts should I go for the 36000 mile check or do I pay the £600 quoted by an Alfa dealer in Inverness to get the whole lot done? belts tensioners pulleys etc!. I know That from reading posts that that price seems ok but if It doesnt need done its money for new wheels:)
 

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To push those rear wheels you need a working engine!

Get it done. £600 is steep though, there must surely be a good specialist close to you that somebody can suggest?

Loads of horror stories here of them popping below 72, to the point where I think that Alfa are now advising to get done at 36 regardless.

I have often haggled with dealers - amazing how quickly £600 could become £500 if you are lucky.....
 

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Get the cambelt and tensioners done and with them the auxiliary drive belt (alternator/power steering/A_C) and tensioner on the basis of age, not just mileage. Depending on you/your garage/the weather/ I'd consider doing it myself and I'd be inclined to buy non Alfa parts. Plenty of instructions here. There are a number of spares sources mentioned like EB Spares.
I'd also change the coolant unless there's proof it's been done recently. Hardly anyone talks about it but anti-freeze undergoes a chemical change while it does it's job of protecting the engine from the ravages of electrolytic corrosion. This is why its recommended that it be changed. I for one have changed head gaskets that have failed purely due to corrosion. It is important, however, to use the right kind of anit-freeze as there are chemically differnet sorts. Go with manufacturers spec. You'll probably also find your pollen filters choked like I did!
 

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Isn't it just the TS engines that need their belts and tensioners changing early? :confused:
 

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Fact, but...
1) if you do it yourself you use your own eyes if you are tight, or you change everything if it's not going to break the bank so you KNOW it's ok for the next nnn years or xxx miles.
2) you take it to someone who's going to recommend changing everything, or give you a bill for almost the same in order to tell you what needs changing, then give you another when it actually needs changing.
So I'd just do it!
 

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Loads of horror stories here of them popping below 72, to the point where I think that Alfa are now advising to get done at 36 regardless.
Doesn't apply to the V6 so much, although it should be changed slightly earlier than 72k miles, it doesn't need to be changed as soon as 36.
 

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I thought 60,000 miles or 5 years was soon enough for the V6.




*Edit* - Saying that it's a 2002 model so... :rolleyes:
 

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If this reply s a repeat , apoligies.I have had several v6`s and they have had no trouble reaching 60,000 or more, including a friend with a 156 2.5, they don`t give as much probs as the "Trusty" TS , IF YOUR WORRIED THOUGH , give CP Garage services a phne and he will quote you less.
 

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Quandry...what quandry......A good buy got it as a good deal at a great price as roswell says you are near the 5 year limit.

I got my 166 with v6 engine at 85thousand....Instead of changing the belt I phoned the garage that carried out the 72,000 mile service."They would only change the belt IF the owner asked for it to be done" Alfa REQUIRES it to be changed. (THEY WERE THE OWNER AT THE TIME OF THE 72K SERVICE.) As I had a 6 months warranty covering EVERYTHING I FOOLISHLY left it. YES The inevitable happenned. It snapped at 86 thousand.Warranty ..What warranty It just vanished...WARRANTY COVERED NOTHING but in reality it covered everything that did not fail..

I was lucky.

BIG PETE...Do the belt,tensioner and waterpump while you are in there...THEN ITS BEEN DONE AND DRIVE ITAND ENJOY IT>

Pomeo.
 
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I'd change belt, tensioners and add in a metal impellored water pump at 60000 miles or 5 years, I wouldn't worry about it yet BUT how do you drive it?
 

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Thanks again for the advice lads, belts deffo getting done its just finding some one at a reasonable price close to Fort William in the Highlands!!
 
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