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Thanks PW, it has been a great place. My 2004 is total loss :o(

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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,
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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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