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As I mentioned earlier this week, my youngest son crashed into the back of a bus with the old Passat. He's fine, nobody injured at all.

Just found out this morning that the insurance company declared the Passat a total loss. I don't have the value of settlement as yet. The Canadian Black Book Total Loss value for this car is $ 4132 CAD based on kilometres alone (187,000km). The car was in excellent shape, and God knows I plowed far too much $CAD into the thing in the last 30,000km.

I want to thank all those who have helped me with the various problems, general maintenance tips & tricks, over the years. This place has saved me thousands of dollars over the years and certainly expanded my capabilities ~ and my tool box ~ for money saving repairs.

This Passat was kept the longest of any car I've owned to this point. I had a 1991 Honda Accord Coupe that I kept 13 years, but this one went 0.7 years longer ~ if not accumulating as many Km as the Honda (307,000km). Going forward, not certain if I want to repeat this replacement interval?

I kept track of my operating expenses since June 8, 2004 for this car:

Maintenance: $ 6993 CAD
Repairs: $6995 CAD
Investments: $3890 CAD (Thule Cross Bars, Mudflaps, APR Chip, 3 sets of snows on steel rims, wood dash kit, replacement Blaupunkt double din)
Depreciation: $33,000 CAD approximately - depends on cheque from Insurance Company for total loss. I paid $36,580 CAD for car in 2004.

Once again, thanks for being the most fun car forum of my experience! so much combined knowledge with an impressive willingness to share.
Take care,
Ken
 

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As of two days ago, my 2004 wouldn't start anymore. One scenario I can come up with is that the timing belt slipped due to a failing pulley and the engine is seized up. I could be wrong, but...that probability is haunting me.
No, I am not trying to hijack your thread.
Just that I am saying that I know that pain. Feels like a punch in the gut. Regret. Wishing things could have turned out differently--how could this happen? kind of thinking.

But then again...isn't that how I felt about all my other cars that I kept until they died or weren't worth fixing any more?
Maybe...this is exactly part of the experience of having a car.
To be expected! Let's not be dramatic, let's not be shocked, we knew it would play out like this in the end one way or another.

Don't know if that helped any...but...maybe...my 2004 will be on the stairway to heaven with your 2004 (I'll know Monday).
At least you are getting a check--I envy that situation.
 

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As I mentioned earlier this week, my youngest son crashed into the back of a bus with the old Passat. He's fine, nobody injured at all.

Just found out this morning that the insurance company declared the Passat a total loss.
I figured that would be the outcome from your description, but didn't want to put that out there until you knew. But it's a car after all, your son is the irreplaceable one. When our daughter got hit in an Explorer that we let her drive (at 16), the airbags went off and all she had was a sore thumb. We went to the yard where the Explorer was taken, to get CDs or whatever out of it. My wife kind of cried when she saw it, but it had done its job and our girl was OK.
 

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sorry to hear about the car, but as ylwagon said, the people inside are what's important. My oldest starts driving next year and i'm already worrying about it!
 

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As I mentioned earlier this week, my youngest son crashed into the back of a bus with the old Passat. He's fine, nobody injured at all.

Just found out this morning that the insurance company declared the Passat a total loss. I don't have the value of settlement as yet. The Canadian Black Book Total Loss value for this car is $ 4132 CAD based on kilometres alone (187,000km). The car was in excellent shape, and God knows I plowed far too much $CAD into the thing in the last 30,000km.

I want to thank all those who have helped me with the various problems, general maintenance tips & tricks, over the years. This place has saved me thousands of dollars over the years and certainly expanded my capabilities ~ and my tool box ~ for money saving repairs.

This Passat was kept the longest of any car I've owned to this point. I had a 1991 Honda Accord Coupe that I kept 13 years, but this one went 0.7 years longer ~ if not accumulating as many Km as the Honda (307,000km). Going forward, not certain if I want to repeat this replacement interval?

I kept track of my operating expenses since June 8, 2004 for this car:

Maintenance: $ 6993 CAD
Repairs: $6995 CAD
Investments: $3890 CAD (Thule Cross Bars, Mudflaps, APR Chip, 3 sets of snows on steel rims, wood dash kit, replacement Blaupunkt double din)
Depreciation: $33,000 CAD approximately - depends on cheque from Insurance Company for total loss. I paid $36,580 CAD for car in 2004.

Once again, thanks for being the most fun car forum of my experience! so much combined knowledge with an impressive willingness to share.
Take care,
Ken
Total bummer man! Thanks for all your help over the years. Best of luck in your next auto adventure.


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Obviously the immediate importance is that everyone is ok.
To bad about the car though, especially since you've had the car since brand new. Simular situation as me, I had 98 Mercury Mystique that I purchased brand new and then dumped 2x more than the original price into 'upgrades'. That too was longest lasting car I had (at that point in time) until it got totaled in spring of 2012. The car was spotless before the accident. It was a sad day when it left the scene of the accident on a flat bed totally crumpled.
At that point in time the only car I was interest in was an '07 - '08 Audi S4, but at that time it was out of reach. Seeing as I already had my 98 Passat, not running with a grenaded engine, I did an engine swap and never looked back. My 98 has been my DD coming up on 6 years now. Besides the minor stuff I got going on with it now, it has never left me stranded. The thought of being married to a ridiculous monthly car payment keeps me in check. My 98 Passat does me just fine.

As for you, good luck on your next choice. Maybe we'll see you in the B7 B8 forums? :poke:
 

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Great to hear that there were no injuries. Sad to hear about the car, specially when cared for like that by a respected forum member. I hope you find joy in your new ride, whatever that may be.
 

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As I mentioned earlier this week, my youngest son crashed into the back of a bus with the old Passat. He's fine, nobody injured at all.

Just found out this morning that the insurance company declared the Passat a total loss. I don't have the value of settlement as yet. The Canadian Black Book Total Loss value for this car is $ 4132 CAD based on kilometres alone (187,000km). The car was in excellent shape, and God knows I plowed far too much $CAD into the thing in the last 30,000km.

I want to thank all those who have helped me with the various problems, general maintenance tips & tricks, over the years. This place has saved me thousands of dollars over the years and certainly expanded my capabilities ~ and my tool box ~ for money saving repairs.

This Passat was kept the longest of any car I've owned to this point. I had a 1991 Honda Accord Coupe that I kept 13 years, but this one went 0.7 years longer ~ if not accumulating as many Km as the Honda (307,000km). Going forward, not certain if I want to repeat this replacement interval?

I kept track of my operating expenses since June 8, 2004 for this car:

Maintenance: $ 6993 CAD
Repairs: $6995 CAD
Investments: $3890 CAD (Thule Cross Bars, Mudflaps, APR Chip, 3 sets of snows on steel rims, wood dash kit, replacement Blaupunkt double din)
Depreciation: $33,000 CAD approximately - depends on cheque from Insurance Company for total loss. I paid $36,580 CAD for car in 2004.

Once again, thanks for being the most fun car forum of my experience! so much combined knowledge with an impressive willingness to share.
Take care,
Ken
Look at this as an opportunity:
https://watertown.craigslist.org/ctd/d/2003-vw-passat-w8-4motion/6513786535.html
 
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