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I have a 1996 Golf GL, purchased in June 2000 with 43,000 miles at the time. Now I have 76, 500 miles and have spent what I consider a horrendous amount of money in upkeep. Before I list everything, keep in mind that I work with a bunch of "good old boys" that drive Ford and Chevy pickup trucks who constantly tell me to get rid of that "furrin' crap." Some of the money I have spent has been of my own stupidity, by not shopping around for exhaust prices and trying to fix rust when the only real way to do it is to replace the entire piece in question. At any rate, here's my list:
1). Exhaust system...........................$379
2.) Timing belt & tune-up at 60K.........$285
3.) 2 failed rust repairs & paint...........$422
4.) new rear gate (see # 3)...............$1214
5.) 1/2 hr analysis of "check engine"...$35
6.) new upper strut mts & struts..........$456
7.) new tires (all 4) & alignment..........$293
8.) a different exhaust pipe.................$27
9.) Oxygen sensor & vaccuum hose.....$240

Total:..............................................$3351
This has racked up in just 21 months of ownership, where in the past with domestic cars, this amount would have taken 6 or 7 years to occur. The argument I give to the "good old boys" is that my car will last 250,000 miles, and even if I spend another $4000-5000 on it during its useful life, it will still only end up costing me $1800-2000 a year to operate, since it only cost $10600 initially, and I drive almost 20,000 miles a year. I also have yet to see any American car that will go beyond about 180,000 miles before the engine's shot. I need opinions out there....
Does this sound reasonable or am I fooling myself? I know that many people spend thousands on mods, but I just have a stock VW.
 

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Re: How much is too much for repairs & maintenance? (rustboy)

hmmm, How much is too much, I guess it comes down to this:
How much do you love you VW? I love my car and there is no such thing as too much, but whatever you do please don’t jump ship to a Ford or Chevy pickup truck!
 

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Re: How much is too much for repairs & maintenance? (fikusaa)

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hmmm, How much is too much, I guess it comes down to this:
How much do you love you VW? I love my car and there is no such thing as too much, but whatever you do please don’t jump ship to a Ford or Chevy pickup truck!
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Its true...it's also reasons like this why I dont include prices in my listing of work done to the car...
milage/date/what was done/who did it
I set aside a small amount of money every week....that goes towards Gas, Maintance, and any other misc stuff I want to do...
Currently, due to a few issues (New brakes, Tires, Bumper, Paint) , I'm in the hole a few hundred to myself...though, once everything is smooth again, I will establish a diecent amount of spare fundage, which I can spend freely with again.
edit - #9 on your list...what made that so expensive...my O2 sensor was $79 from germanautoparts.com spent about an hour removing the old one, soldering the new one in place, and installing it....


[Modified by Pagano, 1:32 AM 4-5-2002]
 

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Re: How much is too much for repairs & maintenance? (rustboy)

since march/2001, proabably a few oil changes i didn't list.
-$30 smoked front side markers
-$5 oil
-$80 windshield wiper relay
-$384 belt tentioner
-$83 oil adapter o-rings
-$502 magnaflow exhaust
-$35 transmisson fluid change 87780km
-$71 transmission fluid
-$83 wheel mounting, alignment 11/30/2001
-$220 Cam/chip install Dec/2002
-$35 Coolant flush/fill 1/12/2002
-$950 H&R Cup Kit
-$58 wheel alignment 3/8/2002
-$31 thermostat 4/4/2002
-$50 fan control module 4/4/2002

edit: canadian prices.
transmissio nfluid prices are high cuase i tried hte redline poop and it made my 3rd gear grind, so i had to go to the vw synthetic stuff and it costs an arm and a leg. now i get good @cost prices for dealer parts and found a guy who does repairs for $35/can per hour


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