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Turbocharged cost of repairs; on the road.

TURBOS will be fitted to more than 70% of new cars in the UK within the next 10 years experts predict - and that could mean expensive problems for owners.

According to data from Warranty Direct, turbocharged cars are more likely to break down than their non-turbo rivals, leaving owners with repair bills as high as pounds 2,500.

Analysis of claims handled by the company shows the average repair cost of a turbo engine stands at pounds 874.82, compared with the average engine failure cost of pounds 619.

Despite the rise in petrol cars with turbos, diesel cars still account for more than 85% of all turbo failures handled by the company. Meanwhile, overall, turbo cars are generally more likely to fail and more expensive to fix.

Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct said: "As turbochargers become even more prevalent, it's important that motorists make sure they have adequate protection, should the unwanted happen."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 11, 2009
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