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Re: Should I buy a 172 ( from the fiat coupe owner)

Hello and welcome to the forum.(sorry for the delayed response).

I have added your post to another thread on the same subject,if you read back through you should pick up on a few hints.

As said,dephaser pulleys are a pretty common fault,once the engine is warm allow it idle and if you here a rattling noise from the top of the engine then the pulley is almost certaintly fubar'd.They can happily rattle for a long time,but they can be expensive to replace as the cambelt needs to be done at the same time,the pulley,belt kit,auxillary belt plus labour is getting on for 500 at an independant garage.

Hopefully others will offer their thoughts too.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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