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Re: What would you choose? (archive)

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Posted by MicahO on November 21, 2000 at 12:42:55:

In Reply to: What would you choose? posted by matt on November 21, 2000 at 08:47:07:

The devil you know??? You seem to truly appreciate the vehicle you already have, so you may have already made the decision. It does come down to how long you plan on keeping the car.
Any vehicle is always worth more to individual people than it is worth in the general market, as price guides do not allow for breakdowns of mileage on car, mileage on motor, mileage on tranny, etc.

Was my '59 Galaxie worth the new motor, wiring harness, suspension and brakes (about $6K) last summer at 98K miles? Probably, as the body/interior are in excellent condition and the car will never leave the family. Was my 89 E350 Club wagon worth the new motor, front end, radiator and A/C I did this past summer? Not on the market - I could never see that money if I tried to sell the thing right now, but as the body is good and I plan on keeping it for another 60K or so, it is worth it to me.

That's the real point - if it is worth it to you, don't try to rationalize by "market" standards. If you have a relationship with the car, stay with her (or him....). There are other relationships to start, though......

Like Tim T., I also went through, in rather rapid fashion, lots of maintenance items related to my '92 Touring/M50 combination - Valve Cover Gasket, tranny mounts, bushings, Full Insp II. None of these things were on the verge of breakdown when I got my car, but I am planning on having it a while, and wanted to start with a clean maintenance slate. Keep money like that aside for a vehicle, if you do get a new one.

Micah O'C
'92 525i Touring (biggest sweet spot in my heart)
'91 Crown Vic - gotta have something for those City streets
'89 E350 Club Wagon - 351W, sharked (well, Hypertech), Gibson Exhaust, K&N, gotta have something to pull the antiques around
'71 Ford F100 Custom stepside, still has all the dealer tags on the sun visors!
'59 Ford Galaxie - big-block 352 4bbl, first year of the Galaxie!
we won't get into the rest of the family car-corral.....

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