In Reply to: Does your car make a good daily driver? posted by galileo on May 18, 2001 at 15:38:06:
The car requires maintaince, all high performance cars do. How much would an '88 Porsche cose to keep? You drive an e36 m3, how much are your tires? In the almost 4 years I have owned it I have replaced what is "normal wear items". Filters, cap & rotor, plugs & wires. Remember, you are looking for a car with 60,000 (SIXTY THOUSAND) miles on it. I have done a break job, replaced the subframe mounts at 110,000, replaced the front control arms at 115,000 miles, replaced the rear bearings at 90,000 miles. I expect to do a break job every 60,000 miles, that is normal! If the control arms and subframe mounts last an other 75,000 miles, can I complane? These cars are well made! The parts cost more than those for a Ford, but I DO NOT want to drive a Ford! There is an on-going debate on this board as to when the timeing chain should be replaced. Most poeple feel around 150,000 miles. It cost ~$800 dollars. If you have a car with a timeing belt, you would need to replace it twice in that period at ~$400 a time. That makes it a wash. This car is a lot of fun to drive, looks great, is realy unique, and will let you steer out of an accident that most cars would be totaled in. Test drive it, have a good macanic inspect it, and decide. Remember, you are looking at a de-tuned, highly successfull race car, with nice seats, a/c and a radio.