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Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

Hi All,

I'm thinking of keeping my twinair 105s. I love the car and the lowball dealer offer means I'll have to put a lot of money in to upgrade.

Has anyone run a twinair after 3 years? have you had any problems with it and have you had any maintenance costs.

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Re: Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

I can't say about the twin air but most of our costs 1.2 have been suspension brakes electrical and service parts maybe consider a very good aftermarket warranty?
In the next 3 years bank on suspension arms, shocks, discs,tyres.
You need to be good with a spanner if you want to keep the costs down.
Some might think excessive but change the oil every six months.
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Re: Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

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Hi All,

I'm thinking of keeping my twinair 105s. I love the car and the lowball dealer offer means I'll have to put a lot of money in to upgrade.

Has anyone run a twinair after 3 years? have you had any problems with it and have you had any maintenance costs.

Thanks in advance!

Matt
You won't be the first person to report that 500 residuals are finally moving out of la-la land to a more realistic figure. Some folks on pcp's have recently been quoted trade in values more than a thousand pounds less than the GFV; for them, their best option may be to just return the car (providing they won't be surcharged).

I'd be interested to know if this is leading to a reduction in the GFV on new pcp deals, and a corresponding increase in either the initial deposit or the monthly repayment.

It's hard to advise you specifically without knowing the exact numbers.

There are some well-known gotchas; often not the things most folks would worry about, such as heater failure on climate models (a 2k repair at a franchised dealer).

I haven't seen many reports of outright engine failure. You'll likely have to fork out for a battery soon (at least if you want S/S to continue working), and replacing one or two of the bits which commonly break or fall off, like door handles and hatch wiring, but these are not outrageously expensive. Having either good DIY skills, or a relationship with a trusted & competent independent garage, will make a big difference to the likely cost of secondhand 500 ownership.

Knowing your own car is an important consideration; if it's behaved well thus far, it'll likely carry on doing so; if it's been in and out of the dealer under warranty, I'd be sorely tempted to bail out now. Keeping a known good 3yr old car you've owned from new is much less risky than buying a 3yr old car off a forecourt.

The ones I'd really be concerned about are any of the dualogic versions.
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Re: Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

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Hi All,

I'm thinking of keeping my twinair 105s. I love the car and the lowball dealer offer means I'll have to put a lot of money in to upgrade.

Has anyone run a twinair after 3 years? have you had any problems with it and have you had any maintenance costs.

Thanks in advance!

Matt
My Twin air was 6 years old on Saturday. There have been absolutely no maintenance issues with the engine, none, zip, less than one.

Its had two sets of top front top mounts but it is on a Bilstein coil over kit.
Other than that, brakes and tyres.

Its done 98800 miles.

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Re: Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

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My Twin air was 6 years old on Saturday. There have been absolutely no maintenance issues with the engine, none, zip, less than one.

Its had two sets of top front top mounts but it is on a Bilstein coil over kit.
Other than that, brakes and tyres.

Its done 98800 miles.

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That's reassuring! Are you using B14's? Would you recommend?
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That's reassuring! Are you using B14's? Would you recommend?
Yup, they are very firm. Suits my driving, does not suit madam's back.

You do need decent tyres to get the best from them.

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Re: Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

I sold my TA lounge last month after 6 years and 43000 miles. No unscheduled maintenance issues. Depreciation worked out at about 1500 per year, which I didn't think was too bad as I bought it new and part exchanged it.
Just make sure it's serviced properly with the correct oil and I'm sure it will be fine.
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Quote Originally Posted by Travellingmatt View Post
Hi All,

I'm thinking of keeping my twinair 105s. I love the car and the lowball dealer offer means I'll have to put a lot of money in to upgrade.

Has anyone run a twinair after 3 years? have you had any problems with it and have you had any maintenance costs.

Thanks in advance!

Matt
Im a firm believer its road humps that cause accelerated suspension wear.

I travel to areas where there are
NO SPEED HUMPS.. IN FACT I'D LIKE TO MOVE THERE..

Decent tarmac and no speed humps.

My punto TA Is only on 29 k at 4 years old

But have seen plenty of TA.S at the 90 k mark

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Re: Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

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Im a firm believer its road humps that cause accelerated suspension wear.

I travel to areas where there are
NO SPEED HUMPS.. IN FACT I'D LIKE TO MOVE THERE..

Decent tarmac and no speed humps.
Ah....decent tarmac is the difficult bit where I stay. We have no speed humps, no need, the road is that lumpy anyway and a bit of ditch hooking is a required cornering method.

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You should trying driving around Dublin, it's like driving thru the Somme and then they add speed bumps for that little bit extra!
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I would have thought the TA 105s would hold their value well on the basis that they are zero road tax (in the UK), low insurance and the most powerful/fastest 500 outside of the Abarths. That's why I bought one - the 1.2 was great but no good for motorways. The 105's 6 gears makes motorways a breeze.
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Re: Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

Yes I agree, the Bilstein B14 is a good investment. They are bulletproof, the only thing you need to change now and then are the Top Mounts!

My Fiat suspension died after 40k miles.
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Re: Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

Thanks for the help guys. Went back to the dealer on Sunday and managed to get everything sorted out.

I ended up ordering the 145bhp abarth 595!

Should be here in around 3 weeks, very excited!
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I ended up ordering the 145bhp abarth 595!
So not the Twinair then....

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Re: Twinair maintenance costs running after yr 3

I do love how so many people in the UK consider three years to be the life expectancy of a new car.

Meanwhile, the combined age of my cars is 133 years
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