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Hey,

I am having my cambelt done along with a service by my mechanic mate outside of his working hours so doing it on the cheap for £200 labour (That's for 2 cars). He told me to go get the bits from Euro Car Parts However I have put in the Reg of car and 2 water pumps come up with different fitment sizes - Can anyone shed some light on which one I should get - Cars are 2011 1.4MA Veloce and a 2011 1.4 MA Lusso. Link to the water pumps -

It also seems to have 2 different makes of each Item so Air Filter, Cabin Filter, Oil Filter, cambelt kit - I want to get the best ones I can for them so any recommendations be great

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Also Oil for the Veloce Model again looked on here and I know it needs to be a certain type and Eur's have a couple that come up - wondered what people recommended -

5w40 Fully Synthetic (For PD engines) Engine Oil 5Ltr | Car PartsRetailer - Triple X

Edge 5W-40 With Titanium FST Fully Synthetic 4Ltr | Car PartsRetailer - Castrol

Also can anyone tell me do I need Crank Pulley or Drive Belt Tensioners as well?
 

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Cheers, Yeah I know its difficult not knowing the reg etc but not really details I would want to put on a public forum, The kit with the pump looks a good price tho, baring in mind the local Alfa Dealer was ££72+VAT for just the pump :)
Why don't you just order the relevant part from the Alfa dealer?

It's a car worth thousands of pounds and is (probably) essential to your daily life, why try and cut corners and save a few quid on cheaper components?
 

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Why don't you just order the relevant part from the Alfa dealer?

It's a car worth thousands of pounds and is (probably) essential to your daily life, why try and cut corners and save a few quid on cheaper components?
I'm not looking for cheaper components its more about being ripped off by main dealers. Your see that https://www.shop4parts.co.uk/?name=store&op=Details&ProdID=13817&sku=254279 is a genuine part so it's not an inferior component just a decent price rather than the 100% or more mark up the dealer puts on it.

Person doing the Labour for me actually works an a garage specialising in Alfa, Skoda and Fiat but couldn't get them cheaper on there account as boss will put a mark up on the components. Plus with the Members Discount we get makes its even better. With adding The Oil, Air and Pollen Filter plus the Selenia Star Pure Energy Oil I have ordered all genuine parts. with me buying the parts and mates rates its costing me £400 for a service and cambelts done on 2 cars a saving of over £300 from the garage quote. I call that being prudent not scrimping!!
 

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I'm not looking for cheaper components its more about being ripped off by main dealers. Your see that https://www.shop4parts.co.uk/?name=store&op=Details&ProdID=13817&sku=254279 is a genuine part so it's not an inferior component just a decent price rather than the 100% or more mark up the dealer puts on it.

Person doing the Labour for me actually works an a garage specialising in Alfa, Skoda and Fiat but couldn't get them cheaper on there account as boss will put a mark up on the components. Plus with the Members Discount we get makes its even better. With adding The Oil, Air and Pollen Filter plus the Selenia Star Pure Energy Oil I have ordered all genuine parts. with me buying the parts and mates rates its costing me £400 for a service and cambelts done on 2 cars a saving of over £300 from the garage quote. I call that being prudent not scrimping!!
Not talking about the labour, or mates rates or any of that. Absolutely not going to touch the fact that your mate is using equipment someone else has paid for, to do a side job for themselves. None of my business.

I'm talking about parts and convenience. A main dealer could supply the exact part in seconds and it would only cost you the difference (£36?) to have the the right part.

THAT is scrimping..

Please have the last word too. I'm out. :evil:
 

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I do get what u mean regarding mates rates etc and using other equipment. Technically he rents a bay however in the agreement it states has things about parts % of labour costs etc and them supplying. (Weird set up don't really know the ins and outs)

The parts I supplied are the ones the garage were going to supply but with there mark up on so only really supply same parts but at a better price. the main dealer was about £90 more for the water pump and belts so for both cars saved £180.
 

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Ive used the Castrol Edge Oil for the last 2 changes in my Multiair and its been fine. Im going to buy the belt kit and tools for Shop4parts later in the year. I always buy Alfa Service parts but in future i will just get pollen filter from Euro car parts as the Alfa one if a rip off. Luckly i get some discount as i used to be Mechanic although i left the trade a few years ago, could your mate not get you some trade discount from a Alfa/Fiat dealer. The discount is worth £10 on the Oil filter alone.
 

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Just had the cam belt service done on my 2011 QV in February.
Most parts obtained from dealer at discounted rates we now get, although I did get the cam belt and newer version water pump from the Alfa Workshop since they had the parts readily available for Walkers Lancia we use to do the QV's services.

Many years ago when running my Delta the thermostat failed open in the winter, the nearest Alfa/Lancia Dealer was miles away, so I obtained a one from the local Auto Parts network of shops and fitted the new part. It lasted a few weeks then started to pass like the original much older one. Back to Auto Parts and another fitted, this to started to pass after a few weeks. Take 3; the 3rd thermostat lasted much longer into the summer before failing, shut. The engine overheated and we stripped the head off to have checked and new head gasket fitted. I then did what I should have done all a long and went to get new thermostat from the dealer for the rebuild. The new thermostat lasted about 6 or 7 years before I sold the Delta.

Moral of my saga never rely on pattern parts like thermostats in this case, when untold headaches can happen if they go wrong.
Yes, I buy parts from non dealers again, but buy only Genuine parts or parts from well known companies like Gates for belts.

Reliability first, cost second and this has been 100% good after those unless thermostats.
 
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