In Reply to: Latest mechanic bill (scary!) posted by Greg I on November 21, 2000 at 19:55:37:
We're talking about a bill that has now moved itself well upwards of my original $3K self-imposed ceiling.
These cars are expensive. Not sure how much longer I can afford this. At least it'll be "perfect" at the end of the week. I've spend close to $7K US getting this thing into the kind of condition I wanted. Even though it was great when I got it, it seems that the difference between "great" and "perfect" is a lot of time and money.
What kind of crazy bills have you guys had? This one comes as a real shocker to me. I'm almost regretting getting rid of my Type-R; at least I had a warranty there and ten years less of wear and tear items to eventually replace.
you guys kill me. you might have picked this car up for $10k a few years ago, but this isn't a $10k car. they cost $40k 12 years ago. m doesn't stand for motorsports, it stands for money.
i have customers come in all happy because they finally can afford to buy a 750 now that they an '88 750 can be had for $15k. i've got news for you. it still cost $80k when it was new. the value may drop but the parts are still the same. they have a heartattack the first time they get a brake job or heaven forbid a inspection I or II.
before you get in too deep, evaluate how much more you need to fix and consider your end objective. if you aren't looking to juice it up much, you can have just as much fun with a solid 325is and save your wallet.
oh, and by the way i spent $6k on mine on stock parts in two years with me doing all the labor and still have a ways to go.... thats not counting wear and tear things like tires and brakes. my brakes usually last around 8K miles.
m-oney m-oney. don't let it bury you. i couldn't afford it if i wasn't a factory technician.