AO Gold Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Its a tough one. I have always changed my car because I got bored with it, fancied something else or simply did not need it.
The latter applied to the last car I sold.
I believe most marques since the late 90's with added 'safety' and 'emissions' tech have started to become unreliable. Mostly the systems monitoring components are usually the bit that ends up faulting. I'm talking about sensors and such. I lost my patience at times with a Passat I once owned because of this. It had other mechanical issues aswell though.
Anyway my point is that you can never be sure that what your buying is any better than what your selling. Checking history and understanding the current owner about how they looked after it helps but in most cases that is not really an option.
I'm having problems with my diesel GT currently with the damn window not working. It is going to cost me a minimum of £200. A friend of mine stopped off over Christmas to deliver Xmas cards and I was trying to fix the window (used a 12v battery charger and some wire to wind the window back up again) and he said he was lucky his two years old Audi A5 was about to be replaced. He too had a dreaded window problem with it similar to mine. The dealer kind of fixed it and mostly it works.
So there you have it a 10 years old Alfa and two years old Audi with similar problems.
Unless you have the luxury of knowing the car/owner of the car you want to buy then IMHO change your car because you are bored or just plain fancy a change.
I need the cambelt service on mine too this year. Most of those items you list (disc etc) are common consumable items on all cars. The suspension on these I admit is awful in that it wears out quickly. I have noticed however even in the wet and on budget (Westlake) tyres the handling is sublime and very confidence inspiring. So it might wear out quick but I feel more confident in my GT than my F355 in the rain.
Priorities I find, are usually someone else's.
Statements above are all my own opinion and not fact.