Yesterday I had my 96 20.16v MOT'd. It went through no problem. Having said this at the begining of the month I had to have the brake pipes done at the rear. After alot of frigging about it cost me £180. This was all due to the local garage not being able to get any pressure when the servo kicked in. So I suppose had this been done yesterday it wouldn't have flown through.
My question is now do older cars cost more money to run with servicing and general wear and tear.
It depends how old and what car I would say. If you replace your car with a brand new one every 2 or 3 years, you won't have to replace as many worn or failed parts. Even if they do fail, they are probably covered by guarantee. So all you have is servicing, unless you do mega miles. So far it looks as though a new car is cheaper to run, but you don't lose as much money on an old car. So it's whatever floats yer boat I think.
It also depends on what make of car, how its built and how its driven.
Lots of people drive knackered old ford escorts or vauxhalls. The parts are dirt cheap, avalailable from scrappies or the aftermarket for peanuts. They tend to be driven into the ground and not always looked after...........how many times have you followed a smokey old escort???
Alfa's, being cars of a sporty nature, are driven "enthusiastically" and therefore will suffer from this. Unfortunately being a little sporty and having a reputation to match meas the parts are bloody expensive!!!
A mate of mine bought a 'banger' a £300 vauxhall carlton 2.0 auto.. spent 32p on a bit of pipe & 25 quid on an MOT in a year! he sold it about 15 months later for the same money. You can't go wrong with that sort of money!
Shugs brother bought an Alfa 75 a couple of years ago for £400. The car's been great, only needing things like brakes and tyres. Recently the head gasket went, but didn't damage the engine. He sold it recently for £100.........to ME !!!!
£50 for for a top engine gasket set from EB, some skinned knuckles and I'm sorted for an everyday/track car.
I don't think they do, in regard to Alfa's and with many cars it is very easy to fall in to the trap of thinking that just because it's new it must be better.
I personally have driven a few of the brand new Alfa's and yes they have made them more striking to look at but other than that and the endless silly toys, in reference to the sporting traditions I don't think they hold a candle to the early to late 90's cars.
Maybe it's just me but in the last year I have spent probabley in the order of £1500 on the car which I dont mind because she now drives lovely.
Another thought I have just had is what do people consider to be old. Personally I would say 8 years plus??
A number on manufactures have brought down the cost of there parts for the old models 2 that I can think of is SAAB and VW. Have Alfa ever done this. The reason I ask is that when Wrinx posted about the cheap wheel sell off I thought this might be the start.
I bought a mazda 323 for £80 at a local auction,no tax 4 mths mot.Put it in for another mot ,needed a track rod end and a cv boot,£35 plus £30 for the mot .
Not bad for a years running and it keeps the miles down on the alfa