Right, lets clear this up first. How is putting new brakes on to replace to worn out old ones an upgrade? Or putting a MILD steel patern exhaust on as the old one split in the middle due to massive corrosion probably due to the 3 silencers creating moisture build-up?And the tyres as one blew the tyre wall on a pot hole,but that can happen to any car. But £700 odd for a clutch!? £350 for rear bushes!?£1000 ish for cam belt!? Hardly pocket change and as said quite rightly by limey some of us live in the real world and cant justify that sort of loss.I knew the pit falls involved but to now face another £800-£1000 on the box, I think its fair to say i gave it a good shot, but enoughs enough bud. And i think the clutch knock was due to the clutch bedding in as it seems to of gone away
Thanks for the support though limey
Sigh. I wish you and geeteevee would try to calm down, and stop the unnecessarily inflamatory language and posturing that both
of you are employing.
Putting new brakes on to replace worn out ones is an upgrade when you choose to replace them with grooved discs. At the very worst it's still slightly ridiculous to suggest replacing the brakes as evidence of an expensive unreliable car.
You hadn't stated what type of exhaust - how old is your car though? I'm guessing at an age where exhaust is also a wear and tear item you'd be expecting to replace - as is the radiator.
Tyres are consumables, cambelts need to be changed at a particular age, and if you didn't know it before hand, then you didn't do your research as you should have.
The thing is, I'm not trying to claim that you're wrong about the car costing you too much. I'm simply pointing out you have repeated something that happens a lot when people claim that they've found an Alfa unreliable, and always in need of money spending on them - you've added up absolutely everything, regardless of whether it's reasonable, regardless of whether it's an expected maintenance item, regardless of whether it's fair to do so. Natural to do, since you're using it to partly justify your decision, and as I said, it happens all the time. I'm only surprised some people don't try to include the cost of fuel and parking fees as a fault of their Alfa too.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy your Mazda, they're a nice car. Don't think you're going to find it cheaper to run overall though.
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