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      08-05-2020, 07:44 AM   #31

Drives: 06 Z4M Coupe - 13 Cadillac ATS
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Cincinnati, OH

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Originally Posted by Efthreeoh View Post
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.
Driver decides if he wants to keep paying repair bills on his constantly repaired Alfa after warranty to keep it reliable? How does this statement make sense? If it was reliable he wouldn't constantly be fixing it.

Your experiences with a few cars are a poor sample of the car industry as a whole.

You believe all cars are equally reliable and the only variable is how you take care of them? Not sure anyone believes this to be true. Some parts break because they were poorly designed or manufactured and there is nothing you can do to prevent it from happening (replacing the part before it breaks doesn't make the part reliable, just avoids you being stuck somewhere).
2006 Z4M Coupe - Stromung exhaust, ZHP knob, stubby antenna, clutch delay delete

Last edited by David70; 08-05-2020 at 08:36 AM..