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Hi all..

New to this site and to Alfa's but have enjoyed reading comments on all topics...

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I'm going to view a Brera 2.4 diesel this weekend and I'm looking for some advice on things to specifically look out for on this vehicle. 65k on the clock (no cambelt change to date) with service history etc. 2006 plate...

Any help much appreciated.
 

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The major thing I would say is DEFINITELY either get the seller to do the cambelt and waterpump, or factor it in to your costs and perhaps negotiate a discount. I've just had mine done at 4.5 years old ('07) and 60k and the cambelt was showing signs of major wear - cracking etc.

Collective wisdom seems to be around 4yrs/45k miles per change, as there have been instances of them snapping way before the book mileage (72 or 90k).

I certainly wouldn't let it put you off, but it needs doing - the water pump also as they can seize, which throws the belt off...

Other than that, look for uneven front tyrewear, and whining on the PAS pump (many threads dedicated to these topics). Check for rough starting/idling, the EGR valve might need a clean.

I'm sure I've missed some things, someone will be along to fill in the blanks. Oter than that, the usual checks - Service history, condition of wear/tear items etc. In general. the Brera is pretty solidly built, and there shouldn't bee too much to look out for.

Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the help!

I knew I'd have to get the belt and pump done, think i'll have to factor that into my own costs. Do you know how much this is from experience?
 

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Thanks for the help!

I knew I'd have to get the belt and pump done, think i'll have to factor that into my own costs. Do you know how much this is from experience?
I tried getting quotes from various (Indy) garages when I got mine done, including a full major service. The cheapest I found was £533 all in, and I belive around £300 of that was for the cambelt/pump. The parts themselves aren't too expensive, but it's quite a labour intensive job. A full day's work really.

I would think that you're looking between £300-500, and I would strongly reccommend finding a local Alfa specialist that knows what they're doing with it - a non-Alfa garage near me quoted nearly £1100 and they didn't even have the correct tools!!
 
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