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Pay the money and get it fixed 15 57.69%
Trade it in for another car 5 19.23%
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Head Gasket

My head gasket is in need of replacing....
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Re: Head Gasket

Bummer...

I presume fixing it costs less than the car is worth...?

Bung a new belt and tensioner too, if yours are in any way old... it'll reduce the cost of this job, if it saves you some work in the long term.


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Re: Head Gasket

forgot to say that i will be trading for a newer Alfa 156 if i decide not to get it fixed...
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Trade it in time Mr O.
Buy a newer one - you know you want to.
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get the GTA
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Yes ........... get the GTA

You know you want to
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Make it so - let the devil tap you on the shoulder mr O
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Re: Head Gasket

If you buy a new one the head gasket could go on that . If you get your old one fixed you know that it will be good for a few years yet .
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Get a second opinion from another Alfa specialist.
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Agree with getting a second opinion.

The problem with trading it in knowing that it's dodgy is that the next guy to buy it has a head gasket problem in his first 500 miles and perpetuates the 'all Alfas are unreliable' myth.

Maybe get it fixed, keep it another 12 months and see what 156 GTA prices are like then?
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Right Mr O, you know that I speak sense when I talk to you like :-crazy-:

Going by the laws of coincidences and de-ja-vu's

I reckon this has happend for a reason which is what I'm sure is what you are thinking The 'decision factor' has seemed to have reared it's ugly head again, so I'd say make the other decision and go for it This post of course relies on the fact that I have the right facts that I was once presented with Twice actually

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Mr.O - why are you asking us, when you know what you want to do.....



GO FOR THE GTA!!!!!



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......and then respray it in Amazon Green








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cheers for the replies guys....

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Get a second opinion, but get it fixed anyway it might not even cost stupid amounts.

I heard of some fluid which you use like an engine flush which repairs head damage, cracks, leaks etc. Cant remember the name but its an american product, works on the same principle of putting an egg white in your radiator only its guaranteed for something like 50,000miles. costs about £25 i am told for the single application needed.
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If you buy a new one the head gasket could go on that . If you get your old one fixed you know that it will be good for a few years yet .
Alternatively, if you buy another from a garage you could always purchase an additional Warranty with it.

Personally I it depneds if you're going to replace it with exactly the same model or want to upgrade.
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Alternatively, if you buy another from a garage you could always purchase an additional Warranty with it.

Personally I it depneds if you're going to replace it with exactly the same model or want to upgrade.
it will be the same model (156 ), but a newer 1 and a bit of an upgraded 1 at the same time....

and was thinking of buying my own warranty with it, can anyone recommend anywhere for me
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Re: Head Gasket

My wife had an RAC one...unfortunately she didn't get her car serviced at the correct interval (every 6 months!!), and so they wouldn't pay up when one of her valves went .
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My wife had an RAC one...unfortunately she didn't get her car serviced at the correct interval (every 6 months!!), and so they wouldn't pay up when one of her valves went .

every 6 months for a service...
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Get a couple of reliable quotes to see what the cost would be first. Then decide whether the obvious reduction in trade-in value warrants the expenditure or not.

It sounds like you're ready for a change and you need a helpful shove of encouragement. Go get it! Life's way too short.
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I have spent far too much money on this car and dont want to spend anymore money on it whatsoever...

i like my car but feel that it is time for a change

will be gutted to see it go but am looking to get a better car (GTA)
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that hardest thing i will have to do though is convince the wife that a 3.2 v6 sips petrol and does loads of miles per gallon

it will be hard to do, but i am sure i can do it
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You can even legitimately factor in the cost of the repair to the old one to offset the extra fuel cost in year one!

Let's see the picture as soon as you buy the GTA!
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My wife had an RAC one...unfortunately she didn't get her car serviced at the correct interval (every 6 months!!), and so they wouldn't pay up when one of her valves went .

Warranty Direct have a generic policy wording that insists on a service every 5000 miles. The warranty costs £400 a year... servicing every 5000 miles will cost £300 a year.

So, you pay £700 for the privilege of them telling you a blown head gasket is a wear and tear item.

Save the cash dude.


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every 6 months for a service...
Yeah, that's what got us...we just assumed that servicing was required as per manufacturers recommendations (as with a previous warantee I had), so it was a bit of a shock
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