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Hi, here's my first post. I've just bought a mint 166 2.0 V6 TB (year 2000) with minimal service history - couple of stamps at 30-40k mark - but what as far as I can judge is a genuine 105,000km (say 65,000 miles). It had one prior owner - an Italian gent who bought it new at age 62, never used the cigarette lighter or ashtray - or the rear seats by the look of them - and who sold it to a BMW dealership in Arezzo in May this year, from whence it was acquired by the Sofia 2nd-hand car yard I bought it from.

So, my question is, should I get the timing belt and water pump done? I suspect that just by asking the question, I know the answer but I'd appreciate a bit of knowledgeable input. I'm just about to pick it up from getting the air-con system sorted at a cost of 300 Bulgarian leva (GBP128) and the quote I've had for the belt/pump job works out like this - belt @ 60 leva (GBP25.60), pulleys @ 240lv (GBP102.50), water pump @ 156lv (GBP66.65) and labour at 300lv (GBP128). So GBP323.00 all up. Interested to learn how those prices stack up in the UK.

A secondary question: As may be apparent, I don't have the nous to do the job myself! The place I'm talking to is actually an indie Volvo specialist garage nearby - they've done good work on my other wheels, esp new radiator and timing belt on my Frontera 4x4, and they run an immaculate workshop. But assuming they've never done an Alfa V6 timing belt before, though no doubt heaps of Volvos, should I be looking elsewhere? I mean, is there a mystery to it that only an Alfa expert knows about? Is there an appreciable risk of after-job problems? I ask because I'm planning to take it on a 3,600km road trip to Poland/Germany in a couple of weeks.

Any thoughts gratefully received. Cheers.
 

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I would want to know the parts are definitely of decent provenance, either original Alfa Romeo or a decent named brand, and you are getting the tension & both idler pulleys replaced. The labour quote is cheap but I expect garage labour rates in Bulgaria are lower than in Western Europe.

You should definitely get it done. If you don't know for 100% certain that it has been done previously, then it needs doing.

2.0 V6 is the 12v engine with only two cam pulleys so its quite a bit easier than doing the 24v.
 

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Many thanks for that. Just a query - you say "and you are getting the tension & both idler pulleys replaced". My understanding is that the 2.0 V6 has just the one idler pulley - see https://www.alfa-service.com/katalog/english/166.pdf at p.13. Am I missing something here?
 
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