I always think there are 2 ways it turns out, you either spend 18k straight off on a reasonably interesting new car, or a few k on a very interesting old car that eventually adds up to 18k in repairs/extra fuel etc, either way it costs about the same but for me the latter is more interesting.
I totally agree. Living in Norway taxes for cars are somewhat high. Ownership cost are not that bad
as the car is actually worth something after a few years.
A 10 year TS will set you back 10.000 GBP while a 3.0 something like 20-25.000 GBP. Yes I know the new selling price in UK but here it was 60.000 new (hence none sold new).
As I wanted a rosso with tan interior, it was not really that many on the marked (two to be precise) within one year with looking in Europe. It also happened to be with electric seats which are significantly better than the standard one.
So, complete re-spray, suspension arms, radiator, tires, shock absorbers, gaskets, window alignment with new support, carpets in boot, gas support for bonnet and boot, cambelt, water pump bits and pieces etc. etc.. Totally close to 15.000 GBP in half a year.
But the reward is having a close to new GTV (100.000 km) GTV for the price of a Golf.
Q2 to come.
It also starts and get warm in -20 deg C in case I need to use it in a winter day when commuting in a 2010 mod 520 M-sport gets to boring.