I have the age-old problem - car needs work doing, but is a pretty decent percentage of the value of the car. Is it worth it?
My 3.0 V6 very likely needs a new clutch (clutch pedal is softer than a James Blunt album) - it went to Autolusso on the back of the lorry this morning looking very sorry for itself
The car cost me a paltry £1200 from a very shady dealer who had absolutely no idea what he was selling me - 140,000 miles on the clock, although the engine was rebuilt at 75k after a cambelt incident. Everything feels very solid (very recent cambelt and a huge history) and I've had 9 months of uninterrupted no-bill motoring. Interior is immaculate, bodywork is not too bad too. I figure I got a bit of a bargain - the insurance in central London is more than the car cost!
Here's the dilemma - roughly £600 for a new clutch.. or go the whole hog and get a Quaife / GTA flywheel done at the same time (circa £1300 for the lot)?
In principle that's a lot of performance car for £2500 total, but how many people would spend £700 on a diff for a £1200 140k GTV? Does the car likely have enough life left in it to justify keep spending serious money on anything other than absolutely necessary repairs? Would really appreciate any thoughts on what to do!
It depends entirely upon what you want.
When I semi retired I bought the V6 Spider - it had 40k on the clock and cost me £5k three years ago. Body and interior very good and had just had a full cam belt service, front wishbones, plugs etc.
I drove it but hated the torque steer - so Q2 diff and GTA clutch and flywheel at the same time. About £1300 fitted.
I had the rear powerflexed - worth doing as my previous 2.0 GTV went 8 years with no problem when I did the same thing - about £400 fitted.
It is a 2001 model so no surprise that the radiator and oil cooler needed replacing - haven't got the bills in front of me but say another £800 again fitted.
I have needed new front wishbones - but they only last a few k even on the 2.0.
Treated myself to a CDA induction system - just love the sound.
Plus I have put 46k on the clock in 3 years.
It has been serviced on time plus I have replaced the exhaust and replaced tyres/ brakes/wheel bearings etc as and when.
So now I have a 14 year old car with 86k miles on the clock and, without including petrol and insurance must have cost me about £10k in total over three years (including cost).
I guess I could get £3.5 -£4k for it - so was it worth spending all that money on it?
You bet - I have driven 15k miles a year for the last three years and pushed it, loving every mile. Love that Busso engine and how you can just take off- not to mention that sound. Hood up, hood down - chucked it around bends, floored it on straights I have NEVER had so much fun in any car I have owned.
Look at it another way - I could have spent £10k on another car three years ago, spent as much on servicing, upgrades etc and not had half as much fun.