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