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Old 12 Nov 2018, 07:45 pm
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Default Re: Biggest Mistake of My Life

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Originally Posted by genther View Post
Was buying this car. I am 60 years old and have done all repairs and a couple of restorations for 45 years. Never have I come across a car with part failures as early and as poorly thought out as this.

We put about 8K on it per year. It has 110k miles now and the replacements in the last 6 years go far as follows:

All door locks.
Two windows
Radiator
Transmission sensor
Crankshaft sensor
Camshaft sensor
Oil pressure sender
All four fuel injectors
Intake manifold gasket
power steering pump
Rack and pinion
AC evaporator coil
AC compressor
All motor mounts
Starter
Lower control arms
Rear watts linkage
Front brake calipers (both)

Almost all of the above required the front of the car to be taken apart and the radiator and AC condenser coil to be removed.

The rack and pinion required the front suspension and cross member to be removed.

In order to remove anything, something is in the way needs to be removed. Usually there is a ripple effect where the thing that needs to be removed to get at what needs replacing must have several other things removed first.

Now I need to replace the alternator and I find the right side front suspension must come out as well as the drive shaft. Then the engine must be freed from all of the motor mounts and lowered. To change an alternator!!

The only one I pity more than the person who can do the work themselves, is the one who has to pay some one to fix it. An alternator should be a half hour job, not a four to five hour job which involves catching transmission fluid in a pan, that's just stupid.

This is the last repair I am doing. When the next thing breaks, which given the history should be in about nine months, it goes to the crusher. And I want to watch.
I guess I would be, or should be, one of the people that you have pity on as I have had to, for the most part, pay shops to work on my PT. I have lived in apartments and have no garage space or shop to work on my PT like many others may have the luxury of. I try to do what I can in the limited work space, but for the most part, shops have maintained my PT.

According to AAA, this is what the average vehicle costs per year:

https://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/cost-to-own-a-vehicle/



I have an app (aCar) on my phone that I track everything related to my PT and this is the latest statistics:



When I bought my PT new I also purchased an extended warranty for $2409. During the lifetime of that warranty, they covered $7057.29 in repairs to my PT. So I made out big time from the warranty company as they paid far more in vehicle repairs than I did for their warranty.

I was fortunate of that as I have pity on those people that don't have an extended warranty and have to cover all those repairs themselves.

So from the above statistics that I posted on my PT, the cost of ownership is actually less because the warranty repairs are tracked in the app. But I also have about 4 years of gas records that I don't have recorded because I didn't start using the app to track gas records until 2010, but all of the service records I went back and recorded from the time I purchased my PT.

Also the cost of ownership may be a little higher on my PT because whenever possible I use MOPAR parts where others may choose to use cheaper parts on their vehicle. But with shopping online I can find genuine MOPAR parts at pretty good prices.

For instance, I have a tune up coming due on my PT and I was able to get all MOPAR parts through RockAuto at very good prices, far cheaper than through my local dealership with a work-related discount or even on Amazon.
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