Well, I finally had the job done today, cambelt and waterpump + tensioner kit changed along with auxillary belt and a full coolant change. All parts were supplied by me, all genuine Fiat items and GM coolant but I had a genuine Renault 19 auxillary belt put on because the part number X referenced with GM and I got it at a knock down price! I also had a fresh oil/filter change done because again, I'd bought the oil/filter some months ago and thought I might as well have it done even though the car was only serviced 3000 miles ago.
By all accounts the job went well. The entire job was done by a trusted Fiat specialist about 20 miles from where I live. They gave me all my old parts back. The technician pointed out to me, that the waterpump was just starting to get crusty deposits around the mating face with the engine, evidencing that it was a good decision to get the job done even though the engine has only done 31,242 miles. Yes, quite a low mileage, but when you consider that the engine was probably built in 2007 and the parts are all original, then I think changing the parts after almost 7 years is only right.
I can only reiterate, for those that know their belt change is due, don't think you're saving money by not changing the waterpump. Get it changed! For the sake of 40 quid extra, it is a false economy not to. If it fails, it will in all likelihood, shred the cambelt and break the engine and that will cost a helluva lot more that 300 odd quid!
The whole lot with parts and labour, came to about £340, but I've had the parts/coolant fitted that I wanted and I've had the garage I wanted, do the work.
You are certainly doing the right thing.Here is a list of my "spares" ready for fitting sometime.
Maz, I'm surprised just at the amount of differences between the parts on a 1.9 Tid and the TTiD.
I just bought three genuine Fiat/Alfa oil filters for future changes from a trade seller on ebay for £17 delivered. That is a significant saving of nearly a fiver per filter. Really pleased too that I had the Fumoto Quick Valve fitted. Will make oil drains very quick, just flick the lock lever and drain, no sump plug to take out, job's a good 'un!
Hopefully, it will be some time in the future before I have to worry about coil springs or shocks, but then again, I'll change the shocks when the car reaches about 60k, but at my annual mileage, that'll take about another 4 years lol!
I was chuffed to bits with the price of the genuine Fiat cambelt kit, £59, and £25 for the genuine Fiat waterpump too.
Oh, by the way, the part number you have for the waterpump, the Fiat part number is 55209993 and can be bought for the price I paid for mine. Take a look at the following link. Don't take any notice of the photo, that is a generic image and the actual pump does not resemble it: