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156 24 JTD Veloce Sportwagon

I own an '03 156 2.4 jtd Veloce Sportwagon with 130,000 miles.

It is beginning to show its age and I am constantly replacing parts on it. I have replaced timing belt, turbo, clutch, suspensioin (although I think this needs replaced again), new battery, alternator but most recent problem is brakes. There is a knocking noise coming from front brakes - my garage thinks this is because a clip is missing from one of the calipers which we have ordered up. Does anyone know if this will fix it?

Also, if anyone was interested in the car I would consider selling it for a reasonable price. The car is silver w black leather and in reasonable condition given the mileage.

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Sounds like you've replaced just about everything that'll need doing before you hit 200K and the clutch goes again, so why not keep the beast going?
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I'm pretty much in the same situation - almost everything replaced bar the turbo, rear suspension and various sub-assemblies such as the alternator (yet). Did a quick calculation, given the market prices, and resulted that the car would've costed me about 500 EUR/month in my eight months of ownership if I got rid of it now (assuming I got a good resale price). So I decided to stick with it for a while, to recover some of the costs.
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I'm in a similar position with mine (2000 model, 128K miles), done so far this year: cam belt, rear brakes, alternator, battery, aux belt tensioner (second time in 10K miles, old alternator took out the previous one). Still need to do; Radiator, clutch, windscreen rust, possibly shocks as well. Already spent more than the car's value this year and likely to hit in excess of 4K before the year is out. However, If I bought an 08 plate 159 I'd lose more than 4K in depreciation and I'd still have to cover the servicing costs. To be fair, most 8+ year old cars with over 100K on the clock would be eating parts like cats eat tuna, I've similar nightmares with my old Saab 9000's when I was only doing 10K miles a year. So I may as well keep running this car until the gearbox lets go or it fails an MOT due to tinworm.

It does get you down, but I keep thinking, "better the devil I know". I could chop it in for a 03/04 plate car with lower miles, but chances are the previous owner will have offloaded that because big bills were imminent.

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