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the GT is costing me at least a grand a year in maintainence at the moment!...with the miles I do at least 2 front tyres a year and normally end up doing all 4 I fit Pirelli or similar , 3-4 oil changes a year as I do every 6-8k...there is a £1000 easy.

thats without dropping coolant, changing the air filter, gear box oil, brake fluid,brake pads and on a cambelt year(every other for me) the car will cost 2k in completely routine stuff..for eg new battery this week at the cost of £110.

clutch is costing me £550 as i'm upgrading. this can all be considered expected.

lets not even go on to wishbones, bushes and the inevitable front suspension replacment in 50k or so..

in addition £700 on a quaife and another £400 on arb's. admittedly this is modification not maintainence but no point in a re-map if you can't lay the power down. the standard diff is just not up to it as i'm getting a lot of torque steer. The body roll in the GT is bordering on unacceptable in stock form IMO.

it never ending really as one ''mod'' creates the need for the next.

my plan with the coupe is to have a completely standard car in vey good mechanical and cosmetic condition and run it for about 10-15k a year. as road tax is now do-able by direct debit I can tax it only as needed and keep it garaged the rest of the time.

hopefully the money saved by doing less miles in the GT will offset a small amount of the cost of maintaining the coupe.

thats the plan anyway, and the logic that is allowing me to get this past the wife!
 

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I'm obviously not looking after mine properly :lol:
What mileage do you do?
 

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30k a year Malc, its my work car so I cover an average of 500 miles a week sometimes more..

plus the odd blat to london from guildford and edinburgh to see me mum..30k roles round pretty fast.

in retrospect I should have bought a honda but just couldn't do it.

when you spend an average of 20 hours a week in your car it has to be somewhere you enjoy being and something you enjoy driving..
 

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I thought I was bad at 20k. But mines not even through work. I just travel a lot.
20k.
Hence why I buy cars that have lost their depreciation. Because the mileage I put on them would destroy any money invested.
 

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I should have done that really...went middle ground on it but should have bought one for 2.5k and spent that on mods and map..rather than spending 5.5 and spending 2 on mods and map..
 

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30k a year Malc, its my work car so I cover an average of 500 miles a week sometimes more..

plus the odd blat to london from guildford and edinburgh to see me mum..30k roles round pretty fast.

in retrospect I should have bought a honda but just couldn't do it.

when you spend an average of 20 hours a week in your car it has to be somewhere you enjoy being and something you enjoy driving..
Yes that's a lot. I've been there (190 miles/day x 5) but I had a Honda Accord for weekends and an MX5 (actually the Ex's). A Volvo 340 (The Dorkster) and then a Renault 19 Energy for the commute!
I had the Volvo and Renault over 2½ years because they wore out and broke quickly (might have written one off too :D).
High milers take some looking after. I thought that might have been the case.
 

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just had some bad news...I came for quaife, arb's and new clutch.

I also need a new flywheel,the turbo hose is on its way and the clutch slave cylinder is being done as well

so the total bill..big breath.

2K...

I have decided to get my moneys worth out of the car but this will be my last Alfa..

the flywheel was badly scorched and the clutch even pre map was only good for another 10k or so..so i'm not inclined to blame the map for the flywheel...

I can't think of another car I have owned that has cost me this much money in such a short space of time, except my last Alfa...just the repairs on these two cars would have bankrolled a weekend boxster...

not funny.
 

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Flippin eck. When I say that's Ferrari maintenance costs I mean it.
FWIW I had my clutch slave cylinder done at local none specialist garage for £120 cash.
Lower turbo hose is easy to do yourself. Forget how much they are but less than £100.
I can't comment on the flywheel though.

I have had my belts done recently on the GT and am looking for somewhere to do the TS. I know of all the specialists local to me and not ruling them out but that's not for here. What I found is at local garages you mention Alfa and they say "We won't touch them" I convinced the local garage that my GT tractor had that same engine in Fiat's, Saab's and Vauxhalls. Once they realised they got on with it. A local garage and one I have trusted for other run of the mill cars and an Alfa GT diesel is a run of the mill car, just a bit rare.

Consider if you are just reasonable with a set of spanners doing the turbo hose yourself at least.
 

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just had some bad news...I came for quaife, arb's and new clutch.

I also need a new flywheel,the turbo hose is on its way and the clutch slave cylinder is being done as well

so the total bill..big breath.

2K...

I have decided to get my moneys worth out of the car but this will be my last Alfa..

the flywheel was badly scorched and the clutch even pre map was only good for another 10k or so..so i'm not inclined to blame the map for the flywheel...

I can't think of another car I have owned that has cost me this much money in such a short space of time, except my last Alfa...just the repairs on these two cars would have bankrolled a weekend boxster...

not funny.
If you're being fair you "only" need a clutch and flywheel replacement and a turbo hose, which isn't excessive maintenance needed compared to other cars nor especially expensive on an Alfa. (What mileage are you on?) Edit: and the slave
I sure understand it causing a sense of humour failure though...:cry:
 

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If you're being fair you "only" need a clutch and flywheel replacement and a turbo hose, which isn't excessive maintenance needed compared to other cars nor especially expensive on an Alfa. (What mileage are you on?) Edit: and the slave
I sure understand it causing a sense of humour failure though...:cry:
Anti Roll Bar bushes, which look a right royal pain to do.
£2k is not cheap. I have only ever replaced one clutch ever on one car, my first a MKIII Cortina. Never had one on any other car I've owned or leased. I have had a few cars since 1981.
I have owned in that lot one or two that might be considered mildly exotic. £2k on my 2005 GT would seriously see it driven to the scrapyard. It's not worth it for me.
All the best with it Joey I feel for you.
 

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I feel for Joey too, but you have to stay reasonable.
It's not 2k, it's half that on maintenance.
The quaife and arb upgrade take up the other 1k, that's modding.
 

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I feel for Joey too, but you have to stay reasonable.
It's not 2k, it's half that on maintenance.
The quaife and arb upgrade take up the other 1k, that's modding.
Yes sure if the ARB are upgrades and I guess the diff (missed that) surely is then point taken, my oops :thumbs:
 

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I take full responsibility for the mods....:)

but was not expecting another £500 on flywheel turbo hose and salve cylinder...

I am very capable with a spanner and do the normal stuff myself but the clutch quaife and flywheel are beyond my reach because of the need for

1) a warm safe space to work
2) a second car
3) specialist tools.

autolusso in bournmouth have looked after me very nicely, I ma very happy with the service and price but when you come down expecting to spend £1600 and end up spending £2075 its not funny!

not their fault at all and the prices are very fair for the work being done, i'm just annoyed that alfa can't mke a clutch or flywheel that will last longer than 80k..

remember i have only just bought the car at 75k so the state of it is down to previous owners, and sub standard parts..

in comparison I have a Z3 1.9 which I heavily Modded and abused at every opportunity...track days the lot and at 136k she is more reliable than the alfa...flywheel good, clutch good, dyno'd at 170BHP and the mech reckons the drivetrain could take 200+ EASILY...electrics faultless and niggle free, interior trim looks as good as the day it rolled out of the (american) factory.

97 car...

come on alfa a car on half the mileage and age should not present with these kinds of issues...

end of.

I am having a major sense of humour failure though, I expect normal service to be resumed a few days after open wallet surgery.
 

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This is why I avoid diesels. I know they can be vreat but the costs when things go wrong can be frightening.
Heck I got two engines when mine decided to die for 250 already cambelted etc.

Feel for you. But lesst its good now
 

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fraid not Scotty..

hugely underpowered for some reason now..something has not gone right with this...

was like driving a 1L micra home..no boost under 3k and no acceleration at all in 6th..torque gone..

stumped and p*ssed off as it means another drive down to bournmouth to sort it.

not a happy bunny right now.

perspective

2 grand spent today and the car is still not right.
 
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fraid not Scotty..

hugely underpowered for some reason now..something has not gone right with this...

was like driving a 1L micra home..no boost under 3k and no acceleration at all in 6th..torque gone..

stumped and p*ssed off as it means another drive down to bournmouth to sort it.

not a happy bunny right now.

perspective

2 grand spent today and the car is still not right.
That is really odd, new clutch wasn't it?
 

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quaife,roll bars clutch and flywheel, new clutch slave cylinder and top turbo hose..

te clutch feels beautiful TBH such a difference..and no body roll, steering is precise light..but not too light

perfect in fact on the handling side of things as far as I can tell with the little power I have.

great price, the lads really looked after me..its a bit of a shame that something silly has happened in the process..

they are top lads and will sort it.
 
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