My 2.0 16v was definately faster than my 1.8 8v, and definately faster than the 2.0 8v i'm currently driving when pushing it. I'm very suprised you think they're of similar speed.wizard69 said:I have an 8v 1.8 and a 2.0 16v. 8v feels as quick and none of the expense or risk of cam belts/variators etc.
I have wide body 1.7 8v It could be more powerful, but still - i get nice MPG anywayChris said:There may be a few from when Alfa switched production over, but they will be an exception and you will almost always find 8v means skinny and 16v means wide-body.
That's because that's a lot less than most places will charge, by at least £100. And on the 2.0 16v you have balancer shaft belts too, you'd be hard pushed to find someone who'll do everything for less than £450. Go to a main dealer and you'll be charged considerably more.Pete M said:I've got a 1.8 16v and I really don't get all the fuss about the cost of belts and stuff.
I've just had cambelt, tensioner and variator done on mine using genuine Alfa bits, fitted by an Alfa mechanic, in an Alfa garage, including oil and filter change for £250 all in.
Not thought about this before, but if it's just a switch can't you cut the wires on the back and wire them into a new switch? Unfortunately i don't have one anymore to be able to have a look.Pete M said:Only thing that's annoyed me about mine was losing the little key that switches the alarm on and off - the one in the glovebox not the remote. I think AR have a cheek to want me to buy an entire lockset etc for £800 just to turn the alarm back on.