In Reply to: Re: Choose your religion and choose your payments posted by Jonquil '93 750 on October 11, 2001 at 23:12:58:
Thanks for your followup - quite eloquent.
In response, I, unfortunatley, am not of the aptitude to do any of the work myself. I am inclined, however, to drive a car for a hundred thousand if possible and, though I knew it would be expensive, thought that steady care and maintenance would suffice. After the 60k tune up, fine, a transmission program control panel error diagnostic - no find but still labor charge-, new bushings - great investment, replace fuel line, replace electrical line to rear defroster, change fluids etc, .... the car comes off the rack and the coolant hose splits. Well, only a 20 dollar part but three hour labor quote. Negotiated to have five hoses down there replace for the same labor charge with parts additional. Am in a loaner car. Brand new 325i with 200 miles on it. Nice but I would drive the 50 any day. So, I am trying to put the money into intelligent maintenance but just wonder what it is really going to cost. Oh, I forgot to mention the right low beam went out and I managed to negotiate the repair down from 1500 to 1200.
Fortunately, I hope, I have a warranty for two more years for the big stuff... seems like it is all going to be big stuff uncovered... for tranny, engine, throttles etc.
Anyway, I digress. Again, thanks for you input.