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Unread 12-12-2009, 12:24 AM   #1
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My Camry is a huge money pit. Here is a list so far:

1. Bought the car for 750 bucks. Interior was wood grain, sun damaged. Carpets were filthy with coffee spills.
2. Peeled wood trim, shampoo'd and cleaned interior (75 dollars)
3. Tires were about to burst, new tires. (370 dollars)
4. Turns out the car was running crappy because of a skipped tooth, due to a leak around the timing belt. New timing belt, water pump, and all seals. (500 dollars)
5. Inside door handles crack. 2 new handles. (30 dollars).
6. Air Conditioning not functioning. Recharge and leak seal (50 dollars).
7. Breaks squeeking. Rotors needed brake grease or something. (10 bucks)
8. Exhaust leak. (10 dollars)
9. Car still ran like crap. Plugs were 100k miles old. Tune up. (150 dollars).
10. Outside door handle cracked. (30 dollars)
11. Back left strut bent in and clunking. (300 dollars for full replacement.)
12. Sway Bar clunking. (20 dollars for new bushings)
13. Distributor Oil leak (15 dollars)
14. Cracked vacuum hose causing car to idle at 2k RPM. (25 dollars)
15. Dead cluster bulbs. (10 dollars and hours and hours of pain to fix.)
16. Transmission box bulb dies. (10 dollars and once again, terrible agony.)
17. Alignment shot. 17 degree camber off on front right wheel. (70 dollars).
18. Left headlamp bulb dies. (15 dollars).
19. Immediately after I installed the headlamp bulb, I drive out of the dealer going home. Roll down my window to clear fog, window won't go back up. Motor and regulator shot. (100 dollars) %!#$^!$!%#$%$
20. Battery is shot. (100 dollars)
21. Emblems missing, faded color. Paint job looking crappy. Polish, wax, new emblems, paint. (60 dollars)

Grand Total: $2,660 and countless hours of DIY work on a car with 152,000 miles on it.

And for some reason, I still love her.

I guess there is an upside. My friend mechanic who did the timing belt inspected the whole engine, and was absolutely shocked at the condition. He predicts another 100k out of her, easy. But that ain't saying it won't come with more agony.
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Unread 12-12-2009, 12:37 AM   #2
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beats my ford *giggle* your cars old, mines not!
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Unread 12-12-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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I'm kinda the same way with my Ford. I've put a head gasket and a clutch in it, and when I did the gasket I had the head machined and the valves ground. They replaced the springs + seals + hardware then, that came out to 350-ish.

This weekend I'm putting a clutch master cylinder in because apparently my old one leaks like a sieve.

My interior is still pretty fried(The seat is immaculate tho...it's a shame nothing else is). Just in that alone I need:

1 dash pad
1 center bezel, faux wood grain
1 Speedo cable and 1 speedo
1 tach recalibration
1 interior rewiring
1 steering wheel
2 pedal pads, clutch and brake
All window seals in the doors
new cables for the heating/cooling levers
New floor pad

My AC never has worked, some sort of electrical bug. My heater was bypassed because it's leaking and I CBA to change the heater core, which I have on hand. Then, I need new springs all the way 'round, and new shocks to compliment them. Then I need to have every ball joint in the steering replaced, and THEN have the whole front end realigned. Then after all that I have to beat the battle scars out of it, put some sheet metal in a few spots on the rear fenders. THEN I have to repaint it. Then it needs a new windshield.

The truck cost 551.28 total to purchase. I've put about that much worth of parts into the thing, counting routine maintenance. It needs another 1500 worth of parts and probably some 2500-3000 worth of labor that I will supply. The paint job alone will cost 2 or 3 large, I'm not skimping out on that. While I'm having that done, I'll have the bed color-matched in rhino lining.

I plan on keeping this truck indefinitely. Long after oil is gone, I'm still going to have it...and ya know what's funny? It will probably still run if I can get around to converting it to run on H2 gas.

lol, gotta love cars, eh?
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1984 Ford F150 | 4x2 | 300ci six | granny four | 3.55 rear end | 210K | Brakes shot. Rear drums are doing most of the work. Not fit to drive due to that.
1997 Ford Explorer XLT | 4.0L Vulcan V6 | 5-speed automatic | shift-on-the-fly 4WD | 210,000 miles | Running 95% - Needs brakes on all four corners + bald tires
1989 Ford F150 | 300cid six...again | 5-speed | 4x4 | 160K | Needs brakes done as well. Oi!

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So far my car has been good to me. It could use a lot of work (Rebuilt Engine and tranny, but so does any car with 200,000+ Miles.), but it doesn't need it. I once accidentally shifted from second to fifth while going uphill and it didn't stall or shutter at all. (Keep in mind that fifth is overdrive and forth is a 1-1 ratio.)

Purchase price - $400
Minor tune-up (Oil/filter/sparkplugs) - $50-

I still have yet to change the spark plugs because they're torqued hard but I bought them.

Only problem is the knock which has so far just made a huge racket.

My moms Bronco on the other hand....Oh boy.
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My Blazer has been good to me too. I bought it dirt cheap, for $600. I had to put a $500 tranny in from the get-go (which is why the truck was cheap), as well as a radiator, battery, and alternator in the months following. I have about $1500 in her IIRC. Oh, and i just bought a nwe push button 4WD switch. Pretty sure the front diff is done too. I'm doing pretty good i'd say.
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