Thats with any car.....and it helps when you have relitives in Europe as far as parts go.stealthx32 said:Finding E30 M3 parts is like treasure hunting. Or you just gotta give up your first born child. The 944 parts availability is actually quite good...but the maintenance schedule is a lot to swallow. Ever want to replace your timing belt (I think 30k is regular schedule?)? 10 hours labor. No ifs, ands, or buts. And you better do your water pump while you're at it, unless you wanna shell out another $1k for labor. Clutch slipping? Add another 10 hours. :wink:
oh, you mean something kinda like this..stealthx32 said:S14 240SX w/ a RB25DET (2.5L turbo - Skyline power!), or the ever popular SR20DET (powers everything that Nissan ever built ). And get a S15 Silvia front end conversion while you're at it.
The problem with the Passat is usually not in the 1.8T or VR6 engines, both of which are very well made. EVERYTHING else seems to be the problem. I just had to replace control arms and tie rods, plus a bunch of other regular 40K mile stuff, and the bill came out to be $2500. Absolutly nothing's had to be done on the motor, it's been mainly the suspension that made my maintenance bad.Passat maintenance actually isn't too bad (at least not until you mod and race the crap out of it). Apart from coilpacks, there's really no costly repairs or stuff that needs to be fixed. The 1.8t is an extremely bulletproof motor for one. I will say that owning a VW isn't a pleasant exp if you don't have a good mechanic, and/or you don't have decent auto-repair skills