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      08-05-2020, 06:53 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by David70 View Post
I agree with most of your posts but not fully on this one. I agree with you that many of the problems come from lack of maintenance and care but some cars are more reliable than others no matter what you do with them.

Reliability is not the willingness to accept the cost of preventative maintenance and repair of broken/worn costs. 2017 Alfa's are known to have poor reliability even when under warranty, cost can be zero but the car can still spend it's life in the shop. Also some cars are very unreliable no matter what you do to take care of it, some new cars transmissions fit this.
Owners do nothing wrong but end up with a huge bill Then some Japanese cars require minimal maintenance/expense to still have reliability greater than the best cared for BMW's.
And then after warranty, the owner decides if he wants to pay the repair bills for the Alfa to keep the car reliable...

Between my wife and I, back in the 1990's we ran an Acura Integra and a E30 BMW concurrently. The Acura lost the ignitor (it eventually turned into a recall), went through 3 left-side halfshafts, required a new clutch at 210,000 mostly all highway driven, the AC broke at 180,000, needed an exhaust at 150,000, and the car began to rust on the left rear wheel well (common for the 1st gen Integra). Had the car 9 years and 230,000 miles.

The E30 lost the steering rack (seal) at 120,000, required a new t-stat housing at 115,000, had a recall for the heater core, needed a clutch at 230,000 (spent 2 years in NYC), reupholstered the drivers seat around 240,000 miles, and it needed an new electric antenna every 3 years or so. And it did have a small rust issue in the battery box that required repair. Had the car 18 years and 257,000 miles.

The BMW was more expensive to own because mostly of fuel cost.
A manual transmission can be set to "comfort", "sport", and "track" modes simply by the technique and speed at which you shift it; it doesn't need "modes", modes are for manumatics that try to behave like a real 3-pedal manual transmission. If you can money-shift it, it's a manual transmission. "Yeah, but NO ONE puts an automatic trans shift knob on a manual transmission."