I'm wondering if I should keep the car or buy something else that requires less maintenance.Your post is pretty vague. What is your intent?
A car that is easily replaced shouldn't become a money pit. At some point you need to just trade the darn thing on a newer car or on one with lots less wear and tear on it.
OTH, an unusual, limited production, or hard to find vehicle that you really like is worth spending a significant amount of cash to keep running. Like my son's '91 Coupe quattro or my '96 LX450... Money pits indeed! LOL!
Spokane WA USA
Most of these replacements/services weren't required yet, but I decided, instead of waiting for them to be necessary, that I would just replace them now while I have some freed up income.BobfromVienna.... just wondering when did you buy the car and what repairs was done that cost you 4000 when the car has only 80K miles.
My Gen1 Outback was mostly routine maintenance for the first 100K miles. But then, it is a 2.2L MT with oil changes every 3-3.5K miles.
I'm wondering if I should keep the car or buy something else that requires less maintenance.
I'm sorry for drifting off topic - but that sounds just like my LX450 - I have way, WAY more cash and uncounted labor hours invested in it than I would ever get out of the sale, but it is a perfect expedition vehicle. I could get maybe $8K for it, but I have it insured for an "agreed value" of $25K. There was no extra charge for the coverage, but my agent took pics documenting the condition and (extensive) accessories. I also have to keep it garaged or the limit will default to Blue Book value.I agree with many sides of what has already been posted. I still have a modified 2000 Jeep Cherokee w/170,000 miles on it that I have owned since it was new. Later in it's life, At 100,000 I dumped $2,600 on suspension/steering and @ 130,000 another $2,000 general and drivetrain. The current value of the vehicle is about $2,800 w/mods at best. To me it is priceless, can't be replaced for less than double digits $$$. I can jump in it at any momment and drive it ANYWHERE with confidence.
When you put it that way, it does make sense to keep the car.a new Outback is around 25K, thats 5K a year for 5 years. Before the 5 years is up, you might have to do repairs. If you think the car is reliable, and like the car, repair it.
5K a year buys a lot of maintenance even if you have pay someone.