Well Paid, Trained Monkey
Join Date: May 2002
The Ultimate Repair, Was it Worth it?
Well, I was really starting to get the shits with my EA S Pak (5sp), although the car only cost me $2,000 back in March... I decided to take the car in to K-Mart Tyre & Auto a month ago and get a "Full Service". Although the service costs $169, I knew they'd through in other repairs (ie - discs & pads) so I budgeted an additional $400 for "bullshit repairs". I got hit with a bill for $2,200 including the following:
* Replacement steering rack, pump and bearings
* Replacement tailshaft & universal joints
* Replacement ignition leads
* Replacement starter motor
* Replacement filters
* New tyres
* New pads all round and remachining of all the discs
I complained about the cost and after establishing there wasn't much I could do to get my money back... I moved on. However, the major problems with that car that had inspired me to put it in for service in first place, weren't fixed (the electrics & the transmission).
Anyway... I finally worked out the ultimate solution to fix my problem... I sold the car. I got $1,000 cash for it and I was glad to see the back of it, I didn't even bother haggling.
What I want to know now is, did I do okay on my new car?
Here's what I got for $8950:
EF Fairmont Ghia (10/1994)
Leather Seats, Sunroof, Full Options, Premium Sound
I've got log book service records every 10,000K's to 160,000kms and some time since then, a new engine has been put in.
The car seems to go well, is immaculate in the body, and the only problems I've found are that one power window motor is a bit weak, and the power antenna no longer goes up or down.
According to the dealer, the car was ex-government from 1994-1998 and then the driver purchsed the car from the government department... so it's kind of like having one owner.
Does this sound decent?