In Reply to: What would you choose? posted by matt on November 21, 2000 at 08:47:07:
If your car is basically in good shape, you can't go wrong spending the money to keep it in good shape. AS LONG AS you're going to keep the car. If you intend to sell it in a year or two, you WILL NOT get your money back. People expect a car to be in good shape when they buy it. They're not going to pay more just because you spent money to maintain it. Also, aftermarket upgrades typically don't increase the value of a car very much. But that's not why we do them, now is it?
In August I spent $3000 having miscellaneous repairs and maintenance done on my car and it only has 77xxx miles. But I wasn't certain of the previous owner's maintenance routine so I had EVERYTHING done: all the fluids flushed and filled, new pads and rotors all around, valve cover gaskets, thrust rod bushings, and much more. I now have the peace of mind of knowing that my car is in good shape for many years to come.
If I was you I'd get the maintenance done on the engine, look at the front suspension (bushings, etc) and then if there's money left over go for the springs/shocks and wheels/tires. I probably wouldn't buy used suspension parts. But definately shop eBay for used wheels. They come up all the time for prices much less than new ones.
Good luck and let us all know what you do.