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Join Date: Mar 2003
Looking at it realistically with all cars reliability these days is fairly consistent.
As a whole car, its failure rates follow a 'bathtub curve'. Parts will generally fail early due to some manufacturing or assembly issues. These items generally get sorted out under warranty. Later at 100,000+ miles the major wear items will be at the end of their life. Between these two extremes the failure rates are fairly uniform and will depend mainly on specific areas where some of the components are known to have a shorter life and get replaced. Its generally a much better bet to get a car that has been well looked after and serviced regularly. This applies to Alfas more than most cars.
A second hand car's mileage is less of an issue unless you intend keeping it for so long its likely to reach 100,000 miles. At any time before 100,000 miles or ten years you can expect to have to replace some parts irrespective of the mileage.
'A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.' - Henry Ford.