Linea dead axle replaced at a whopping price! (65,000 kms update) My linea recently underwent 60,000 service and I replaced quite a bit of parts from the back suspension as well as the front lower arms as suggested by the SA. The total cost was approx. Rs 25000/-. Now at 65,000 kms the car developed a strange noise at the back while driving on roads which have minor undulations (now every road in mumbai has undulations which means the noise was persistent). I thought the noise was from the parcel tray or seats so was cool about it. Finally had to take it to the SC who inspected everything - right from removing the boot with hinges to seats to parcel tray even then the noise persisted. The newly put shock absorbers were replaced too but to no avail. Finally the "DEAD AXLE" became the suspect as there was nothing else in the car to remove & take a test drive. So they put in a new dead axle & the noise disappeared. But at what cost? They charged me an exorbitant Rs. 25000/- for dead axle. I did my own bit of research & found that very few Front wheel drive cars use dead axle nowadays & its basically a cost saving exercise. Even TATAs dont use it their cars. This part doesnt even have any major function. But then due to the constant irritation of noise I had to change this. At 65000 kms the part is not even covered in warranty. There was no damage to the underbody nor is my car accidental & I find it very strange that the dead axle should develop rattles. The SA also told me that the quality of some body parts in Linea is so poor that body rattles are unavoidable after running over 60k Kms esp in our roads. Since my car was fully stripped of carpets & every other deadening material he showed the small joints in the cars body (skeleton) which had minor misalignments here & there though not a serious issue. Now after the suspensions & then the dead axle I seriously have apprehensions of long I m gonna keep this car. Post 60,000kms the costs of "wear tear" induced in running parts are going up & though i have an extended warranty none of these are covered. I m scared to even think of other such parts which may be due for replacement in future. The labour costs are unimaginable (got brake discs for Rs. 1500/ - and had to pay 2500/- as labour). I want to keep the car for a minmum 1 lakh kms but at what cost is the question.