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post #4 of (permalink) Old 18th March 2007
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Hi there, no - I would sincerely hope that this type of expenditure and hassle is not typical.

Sometimes cars go through a rough patch whereby components seem to all fail and need replacement at the same time, in other occasions, one component's failure shortens the lifespan of another.

I realise it may sound easy to be philosophical from the outside (I've been there too), I had a bad patch with my Scorpio (in all fairness was mainly dealer-related), which prompted me to do the one thing I always swore I'd never do - I sat one day and totalled what had been spent solely on repairs whilst I'd owned the car.

No tyres, servicing, mot's, insurance or tax - just simply the cost of putting things right. The bills totalled in a 8 year period 13,000.

This cost wasn't borne by me - I had kept the car under a series of aftermarket warranties, which I thoroughly researched prior to purchase. Around 80-85% of the above cost was recouped from the warranty.

Touch wood, the car is no longer under warranty (it's 12 years old, and has covered 132,500 miles), but has proved to be quite reliable since.

I would always advocate investing in a good warranty as a safety net - it may not cover every failure, but you'll be glad you have it for the situations when it does.

Hope that you have better days ahead.


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