In Reply to: If you had to financially justify a hobby, then... posted by Chris Rose on October 15, 2001 at 11:47:02:
you probably wouldn't have a hobby. For that matter how can we even justify driving a car to begin with? In my local market (Atlanta, GA) the vehicle that best retains it's resale value is a plain box van. So if I made a purely financial decision that's what I'd buy. Truck's probably are next on the list and I do have one and it's been well worth the money.
The BMW's however are somewhat of a hobby. They take more of my time and money than any other vehicle. If I had to financially justify them, they would come in lower on the list that some other vehicles. But they are unique and have more personality than other vehicles so I love them.
p.s. I'm not the type to spend $ on these cars trying to re-engineer them. I simply keep them up-to-snuff.
I know given the recent terrorist incidents and the lagging economy there are certainly more serious issues than what I'm bringing up,,, but I can't help but wonder, Why do some BMW owners particularly E34 owners (I rarely surf other boards) have this non economically feasible urge to do silly things like aspire to buy for example a $6000 1989 525i M20, and wonder what it'll cost to install and bolt on an M50 engine, or buy an M50 525i and wonder what it will cost to install an M30 engine, or something even more laughable I heard recently, take an automatic 535i and install an M5 motor in it..??? I mean it's far cheaper and fewer headaches involved just buying a genuine M5 out there, or the clean 535i like a rare 1993 model I saw for sale below in a previous post..
I go on other car boards pretty frequently (especially Audi) and never hear of Audi owners trying to take their A6 non turbo and think of installing the twin turbo motor from the 2.7T, or a Ferrari 308 owner wondering if the 328 motor will fit... I can at least buy Drew's argument of one day installing a 6-speed in his 530i touring when his current transmission blows, at least his car will be a one of a kind since what he'd be doing is far cheaper than importing an M5 touring from europe... But the other's??? you gotta start wondering if these people have their heads screwed on right..