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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-23-2016, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Most expensive repair you were willing to do

Hi everyone, I only ask because i drive a 15+ year old car and people often balk when i dropped $300 for front struts last year or $230 last week for a lower heater hose. How do i justify it. I OWN the damn thing and it still drives/runs like a 2 year old car. I think at this point the motor or tranny would have to give out before i even considered replacing the car. I know the trade n value is nil at this point but if the repair is less than 3 months worth of payments on a newer car. I'm already coming out ahead.

So what's the most expensive repair you guys and gals ate to keep a Bull on the road? No need to include pricing, knowing the failed component or nature of the repair will suffice
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Most of us here do our own repairs, so it's less of an issue. Do you? For me, the most expensive thing was a $25 oil pan gasket, from a shop perspective. Would have been $3-400

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Years ago I paid for torque converter r&r on a '99 tec. ~$750-800.
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Well my limit is about $1000, car needs a torque converter and I'm not willing to spend the $1k on it when the car is only worth about 1k with a working one. Other than that, I don't mind spending $100-$200 here and there, a few recent repairs were a CV joint, motor mounts, PS pump, alternator. They all happened one at a time and that was after the torque converter went although I did the alternator right after the torque converter problem hoping that it might have just been an electrical problem. I'm just keeping it going until I can find a decent replacement. I've been looking for a while and haven't really found anything I really like.

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Thus far has been getting a set of heads done at the machine shop on the 03. I did all the other work but the machine work was a little spendy.

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So far, the most expensive thing I've done is replace the front struts & springs. Next would be front & rear brakes.

Repairs that I've paid for, thus far, have been in the $150-250 range - rear springs (labor), front ball joints (labor), inner tie rod. But, the looming rust repair might be 10X that. I'm not a metal bender/welder.

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I paid 550 or so for the fuel pump to get replaced. (plus tow fee of about 70) It was like 100 something degrees out, I was having no part of doing any work in that sun Other than that, Ive only taken my car into a shop 4 times, oil change - it was hot out and I didnt want to crawl under the car, plus its cheaper to have it done at a shop nowadays. tires, alignment and that fuel pump repair. I wont be taking my car back to any shop ever again unless its for new tires. They screw something up every time.

Thatd be the most expensive at one time. Current car has about 1800 invested into it, it cost me 2400. Not all repair costs, more than half was just for fun or just so it was new. This cars not going anywhere, its worth nothing anyway to anyone but me
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I do the repair work on all of our vehicles. In 25+ years of driving Bulls in various incarnations I have only paid for a repair on one. I had the misfortune to need a steering rack while recovering from back surgery, the cost was $250 P & L. It was an on the side repair done by an ASE mechanic friend that probably should have cost double that. I have put what would no doubt look to a non shocoholic like silly amounts of money into upgrades to a few SHO's over the years including having trannys built up to withstand performance upgrades but that couldn't realistically be viewed as money spent on repairs. Should it come to it though I wouldn't hesitate to put an engine or transaxle into our wagon but would draw the line at doing an equivalent amount of rust repair work, that's too slippery a slope.

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I spent several grand rebuilding the engine on my 98. (about half of that at the machine shop) The car ran like a top afterwards and I basically had a new engine. I swore off debt and car payments a long time ago. The way I see it even at several grand it is only about 5 - 6 months of the average car payment and I end up with a reliable and PAID FOR car that I like to drive.

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Living in the northeast for me it's all about the body condition vs repair.
I call it the rust / repair value ratio. My current car will get repairs to keep it going but engine or trans will send it to the JY .
Also you have to consider putting more money into a car than it's worth if it should get totaled. These are just ordinary daily driver cars for the most part and one has to separate emotional ties to a hunk of uncaring metal.
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