Complete failure of an automatic transmission system is not only unlikely but also extremely expensive; this is a major reason you should never underestimate the importance of routine maintenance. Let’s just say replacing the transmission of a 10-year-old luxury car could cost about 40 percent of resale value. As for manual transmissions, the need for gearbox replacement is not very common either, but there are a couple of exceptions: the Volkswagen Golf and BMW 3 Series.
The cat, as it is known in the auto repair shop world, is an expensive part to replace. In terms of labor, replacing the cat can be quite a challenging in a few models, but at Ray Weatherspoon Automotive we will take into consideration how much you will have to spend on the part, which will be a lot. Notwithstanding crash damage, catalytic converter problems can be avoided by keeping the engine tuned and in good shape with regard to oil and fuel systems.
Major Electrical System Repair
How long an alternator will last is subject to various factors, some of them related to regional climates. In a Honda Civic, you may not have to worry about this well past the 100,000-mile mark, but it may happen sooner than later to your Audi A3 or BMW 3 Series. Replacing the alternator by itself is moderately expensive, but if other issues extending to the rest of the electrical system, you will have to make some budgetary decisions that may be more difficult if you own a luxury car. When auto service technicians mention that the alternator should be replaced, you will want to get it done sooner than later.
Entire Clutch Assembly Replacement
Sporty Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus models are notorious for clutch systems that start slipping and burning earlier than owners expected them to. When buying used Golf and Focus models directly from young owners whom you may have seen racing up and down Capital Boulevard at night, you should expect a clutch replacement to be in your future, although chances are that the owner may have already done so. Some older Honda Element models also had this problem earlier than expected.
Engine Control Module
Modern ECM units do a lot to deliver smooth driving experiences, clean emissions, fuel efficiency, and ease of maintenance, but sometimes they will fail because of external electrical activity. A hasty jump start or a faulty installation of alarm or stereo systems may end up frying the ECM, which should be covered by most auto warranties for a few years. For the most part, ECM units are very easy to replace, but they are very expensive parts if you are the proud owner of a Land Rover, for example. In turbo-charged sports cars, the ECM can also be expensive, and replacement may have to be followed with a tuneup service.