Once again you're spot on. For the year I had my GT I'd spent approx £1500 maintaining it, and that's ignoring the noisy flywheel and oil leak coming from the gearbox area. I was using it as my daily workhorse and had racked up 14k miles in 10 months, I'd expect to do a similar amount of miles in my next car. My knowledge with the spanners is indeed limited, changing the EGR valve and a wiper motor was at the extreme end of my abilities.
It's sad to admit but I think you're right about moving away from the marque and trying something a little more solid. Looking for something which fits my criteria (Economical, room for the dog, fast-ish and different from the norm), the Saab is leading the way. I've always liked the look of the Chrysler 300c just for its sheer road presence and for the unusual factor I like the Renault Laguna coupe, unfortunately both fall short of the Saab when meeting my criteria. So, I'm now on the lookout for a 9-3 TTiD with the challenge being to try and find one with lowish miles within my budget.
Thanks again joeymanerro, I honestly don't think i'd've come to make the sensible decision without your advice
my pleasure, and it is disappointing conclusion to come to, I have been thinking about a replacement for the GT for a while and have come to the very same conclusion for myself as I have regarding your situation, the only exception is I will buy petrol V6.
I love the marque, I really do, but unless you can find 5.5k to buy mine or a similarly no compromises on maintenance example then you are in for a smack on the backside at some point...even my ''perfect''' example has cost me " £200 this month, completely unexpectedly...thats minus fuel,road tax isurance and the upcoming MOT.
I am just not one eyed in my view of the marque, and being from an Italian background and having 3 other italian cars (a GTV TS and 2x Fiat coupe's) I know there are some engineering decisions that are made by Alfa/Fiat that store problems up down the cars life...The Japanese have it nailed in terms of boring reliabilty and the germans have the style,quailty thing in good balance..Alfa have the style nailed, no question, pininfarina, guigario,bertone, these are the reasons we love them.
we ''put up'' with the rest because of the sheer beauty of them and the driving experience.
when my Alfa goes I will miss her, which is why I am keeping the GTV for fun.
But I will not miss the haunted windows, the chocolate wishbones,and the overall fragility of the car, you have only got to look at the door in a supermarket car park and it gets a dent in it!! and everytine it really rains I find myself checking the windows have closed properly and that there are no leaks , I open the doors gently in case I break a handle, I service the car way ahead of all the recommended intervals,use only OE parts or better because the car won't accept any less.
the SAAB like my previous Beemers amd mercs will just get on with the job trouble free, and want throw a fit if you stick an aftermarket maf in it! but I will not love it as much as my Alfa, that is for certain.
your ditching the supermodel in favour of the very pretty, much less fussy and much lower maintenance Swedish girl next door....
enjoy and good luck with your search...!
when circumstances change or you have room for another car, or a weekend toy, you can always come back to the marque...it's au revoir not goodbye..