^^obviously wise man who has owned many used carsI always assume that older vehicles are going to need about 1500 or so in maintenance per year.
I just set aside my 125 bucks a month and use it as needed for brakes, cv joints, head gasket, tires, oil, etc.
you may pay off your car but you'll still have to pay for it.
This sounds like the good old Dodge Dart with a Slant-6 or perhaps an old Chevy with a small-block V-8. My son's 1969 Camaro is at 180K miles and has never had any internal engine work done.cranium said:My experience with VW's (going back to mid 80's) is that the motors tend to outlast anything else on the car. ...
What kind of expensive repairs have you had to deal with ? the only unexpected failures I've dealt with is the ICM going out on me, and thanks to parts4vws.com I was back runing the next day, and enjoying my bag of m&msdrewba said:I have 102k on my 98 that I bought new and has had all of its maintenance done by the book. In spite of that, I still expect it to up and die any day.
Part of that is due to its legacy of numerous and expensive repairs, but most is due to the looming threats of sludge or the still original turbo going out.
I guess you could say that I have a negative attitude when it comes to this car!
I still think you should chip it....... heheytqm said:I am just over 205k miles on my 2000 1.8t. Every time I drive the car I am amazed at how well it runs. (even with the check engine light on currently - needs another MAF). It doesnt burn any oil, never have to add between the 5k oil changes. I had posted awhile back regarding the maintenance I have done over the 200k miles. I average about 700 miles per week, mostly highway.
D.Passat00 said:1.8t engine is very solid indeed. will serve you well assuming proper maintenance. biggest problem with these engines is that it's got such a small sump, hence the need to use the larger filter and synthetic. also, proper warming up and cooling down is important as well, even with the stock turbo.
how does one service the PCV?John_E said:These engines are probably good for 200K miles / 300K km if properly maintained and driven mainly on open roads, but significantly less total distance if driven primarily in the city. The key is maintenance, including type of oil, oil change interval, PCV servicing, and attention to small problems before they become serious.
If you don't change your timing belt before 120K mi / 200K km, your engine may indeed "break before 120K."