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How much have you spent?

ok guys i was just adding up roughly how much money ive spent on my car since i got it, and thought it would make a fun post...so how much have you spent on your car including the price of the car? i was very suprised how much it adds up! ive spent around 2,500-2,700 on mods total and 3,900 for the car so about $6,500 for me.

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I would estimate I have around $10,000 in my car. If I paid someone to do all the work it would probably be about $15,000.
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The TCCoA norm, $47.92

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I paid $1,000 for my car (a steal), and have dumped $2,419 into it in a few short months. I'm far from done though.

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SC: $4200 purchase, $1200 for motor and rebuild, $2000 for tranny, $500 in ignition repairs and probably another $800 in other repairs. So ~$9000 on a car that's not running. Oops forgot first tranny $800.

5.0: $2000 purchase and about $1000 in repairs.

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The TCCoA norm, $47.92
Was that including the cams? And the four turbochargers?

Ive spent over $3000 on a car that originally cost me $750...

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I would estimate I have around $10,000 in my car. If I paid someone to do all the work it would probably be about $15,000.
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Wow, Do you really want to know?

I'm the original owner and I keep really good records so I've got a reasonably accurate list of what everything's cost me over the years.

But, by no means, is this list complete. There's also speeding tickets, court costs, attorney fees, insurance, gas, oil changes, property taxes, and interest paid on the purchase loan.

So, having said that, here's the "incomplete" list.

Purchased the car as a new 1995 model in September of 1994: $17,300
  • Replace first defective MLPS - October 1995: Covered under Factory Warranty
  • Windows tinted - July 1995: $109
  • First set of new tires - August 1997: $315
  • First set of new plug wires - June 1999: $106
  • Collision Repairs - January 2000: $3,740
  • Replace second defective MLPS - March 2000: $172
  • First new Battery - October 2000: $64
  • First new brake pads - August 2001 : $100
  • Top window trim; F & R replaced - March 2002: $110
  • Trans fluid flush - June 2000: $115
  • Coolant flush - July 2000: $65
  • New stock converter, trans flush and aux. trans cooler installed - June 2001: $200
  • Second set of plugs and plug wires - November 2002: $185
  • Idle Air control sensor and installation - February 2003: $110
  • New headlight housings and Competition Limited wiring harness - April 2003: $372
  • Front sway bar end links and Left front hub replaced - April 2003: $445
  • Second set of new tires - November 2004: $390
  • Trans fluid flush - November 2005: $132
  • Odometer gears - February 2006: $54
  • Cooland Flush - June 2006: $88
  • Complete Suspension Rebuild (except strut rod bushings and LCA's) - January 2007: $1,211
  • J-mod, valve body and Mercon V - April 2007: $253
  • Strut rod bushings and LCA's - April 2007: $323
  • Marauder TC, Dynotech Driveshaft, Steeda Pullies - September 2007: $1,245
  • Second New Battery - September 2007: $86
  • 145 MPH Super Coupe Speedo - December 2007: $100
  • Nine 18" x 9" Cobra R rims - January 2008: $1,500
  • Odo Gears for the Super Coupe Speedo - March 2008: $58
  • Set of 18" tires for new rims - May 2008: $721
  • AC charge and Coolant Flush - May 2008: $115
  • New Hood lift shocks - November 2008: $42
  • Cobra Brakes and 13" Rotors - January 2009: $698
  • PI Engine swap, New Transmission, Exhaust, SVO Supercharger - June to November 2009: $8,385
  • Nitto NT05R Drag Radials - March 2010: $582
  • Fourth battery - July 2011: $95
  • Remove old tint and re-tint windows - September 2011: $230

For a grand total of ... Drum Roll Please ... Approximately ... $39,816

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I got my 92 for free shipping was $575
motor and rebuilt trans from 91 paid $900 for the 91
full gasket kit for motor $65
New kyb gr2 shocks, msd ignition came with 92
oil pump and smog pump delete pully $95
striker bushings $14.50
3 cases of beer $36 I think
shop materials $42
New exhaust from manifolds to just after the resonator $72
transmission mount $36
motor mounts free

Total $1260

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Well, now that I've gone through the saved bills from the local dealerships, I've come to realize I've had a lot of work done to mine over the past 5 years. lol

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Sometime in '05 Car...free as of yet. Parents still technically own it for insurance purposes(cheaper). Dad drove it as his DD since '03.
Sept. '06 diagnose and replace MAF $413.11
summer in '06 sparks, plugs (Bosch's), new serp. belt $150 (my dad and I did this one)
Jan of '07 collision repairs $2,780.29 (got T-boned by a Toyota at 35mph, my fault)
Feb. '07 oil change $26.51
May '07 Spark plugs, wires and diagnosis $592.19 (spark plug wire rubbed against serp. belt)
Aug. '07 BF Goodrich g-Force Sports 225/60/15 $416.40
Sept. '07 oil change $26.48
Nov. '07 replace fuel filter, repair horn, state inspection $232.04
Jan. '08 transmission flush, turn front rotors, replace pads $348.40
Jan. '09 diag. suspension noise, replace L/F upper control arm, both links, repair pass. door handle $916.50
Jan. '09 new shocks and struts, alignment. $686.40
Oct. '09 diag. and replace lower control arms. $741.95
Nov. '09 state inspection, replace battery. $186.57
Dec. '09 new tires, same BFG's $595.36
Dec. '09 diag. ball joint noise, free labor (at Firestone, knew some one) $9.99
Jan. '10 subwoofers and enclosure $135
Feb. '10 install wiring for amp and subs $190
Oct. '10 diag. replace engine mounts $815.28
Nov. '10 New O2 sensors $80 estimated (lost price)
Nov. '10 state inspection, replace wheel bearing/ hub assy. $554.62
Nov. '10 replaced fuel filter, tools $20 (I did it)
Dec. '10 New rear upper outer control arm bushings $71.58
Jan. '11 install said bushings and perform J-mod $235 (Thanks RobertP!)
Feb. '11 patch tire (just to have it replaced two weeks later, road trip) $31.33
Feb. '11 new tires, Firestone Indy 500's in 235/70/15 $393.16

Grand total: $10,648.16 This does not include all the insurance payments and tax and license plate renewal payments I've made since I've been driving the car. Also doesn't include the 97 in a 65 ticket and costs. lol All the oil changes after '07 are done by me. I'll need to replace my front rotors and pads here pretty soon. Hoping to add exhaust over the summer, if I can get hired for a job, and install the PI intake manifold. I was working a job while I was in high school from '05 to '07. After that, I was burning off of what I had saved up. Thankfully, I get a living allowance from the gov't for going to college full time, but only when I'm in school. I've been driving this same T-bird since I first got my learners' permit at 16. When I got the car, it had just a hair under 70,000 miles logged. Now she has just over 120,000 now. Since my dad first got it, I have always loved this car and always will.

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95 cougar $400
ball joint replacements and new tie rods $300
wheels and tires $300
turbo parts so far $80
sold cats +$40
plugs and trans oil $100

total $1140 est

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Purchased mine for $400 with 148K on it (now has just over 160K)
Rented a tow dolly for $65 to get it to my house
Have roughly $1300 in parts in it(and sitting next to my desk)

Total minus tags, title and NJ tax: ~$1765

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Well back in 99 i paid 13k for the bird and in 02 i put about 6K into the paint etc. so I'd say 19 or 20K

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On my first Tbird, I stopped keeping track after $20,000 .. and that was in 2000. Cant keep track of how much Ive spent over the last 15 years, 20+ cars ..
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Bought the 96 in 2007 with salvage title (Was re-done with a 95 front end) 91k miles $1500
Bought 96 sport (Same color) Swapped front end $500
Radiator flushed twice due to coolant line in radiator $120
Junk yard radiator $30
Bought front end parts off e-bay $180
Looked at parts 6 months later decided the were garbage bought good parts $420
Monroe quick struts $320
New Gabriel shocks for the back $10
Rear sway links $30
Re-placed steering rack with unit from auto zone $80
Peace of mind after doing steering rack-----------Priceless!
Alloy rims off Taurus $60
Tires $420
Heater core $40
Girl friends peace of mind when I found it leaking two months later Incalculable.
Brakes all the way around (pads rotors) $120
Plugs and wires $120
Grand Total $3850
And hey I got an extra bird that runs.That's not bad for four years and 37k miles.

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3200 for the car, 210 for the vogtland springs, 180 on bare PI heads, 250 on a cobalt 5" tach and bracket, soon to get the jmod stuff.
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1200 for the car
300 heads
100 headers
100 MAF
100 radiator
100 mark viii rear
100 mark viii tc
100 merc v fluid
90 misc suspension parts
75 fluid damper
75 throttle body
70 j-mod parts
65 PI intake
60 PI cams
45 tranny cooler
45 CAI
40 tail lights
40 brake lines
40 rear spoiler
30 gatorback belt
30 flex plate
25 intake gaskets
25 water pump
20 driveshaft
20 clear corners
20 IAC valve
15 mud flaps
15 alt pulley
10 w/p pulley
10 EGR valve
10 EGR tube
10 fuel rail
10 upper plenum

So, I'm up to $3000 or so, but I'm sure there is much more I can't think of (cause it seems like I'm ALWAYS spending money on her like for the three sets of tires that I've bought for it since I've had her)

I've also got a bunch of parts that I haven't put on yet or are going into my new engine that isn't on that list.

Oh yeh, and don't forget the hundreds of gallons of oil I've poured through it because I STILL HAVEN'T CHANGED THE HEADS.

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...This thread reminds me of how poor I am.

Let's see -

92 Thunderbird Sport - $350
New fuel Pump x2 - $250
2 newer tires - $80
Oil - $25
Brake Booster + MC for convention swap - $100~
New driver-side A-arm/Ball joint (lol not getting both sides) - $30
Old saw to cut off mufflers - $5


So, about $840 bucks since I started driving it in 08. It wasn't driven for 2 years before I got to it, and they put in a new lock cylinder (i think?) for the ignition. As for everything else on the car, it's stock. I've put more in for gas times 30000000 I've put into the car ever.

My front end squeaks, my radiator leaks like crazy, my power steering has dead spots in it randomly, and now I've been getting noticeable wheel hop from the front when I try to give it the beans. Uh oh.

I don't like driving it like this, but can't do anything about it without a job.

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Lets just say PHATBRD has a custom insurance for $45,000

How much i spent? I don't even know...I lost count long time ago

And it seems to be a endless money pit, my wife hates it lol

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Lets just say PHATBRD has a custom insurance for $45,000

How much i spent? I don't even know...I lost count long time ago

And it seems to be a endless money pit, my wife hates it lol
Damn I was waiting to see your total

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I'd estimate I've got around $10k total in mine, maybe more, if you count all the things I've done, and then changed and replaced and what-not. The body of the car shows 217k miles, but there's not much of the car that has more than 25k miles on it.

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I'm not even going to think about listing all the stuff I've bought for my cars; I think there's a 5000 character limit anyway.

All I can say is that I bought stuff that was worn out as it happened, but more stuff was replaced as upgrades than worn out.

All suspensions that have ball joints and rubber stuff wear out after 15 years, even if not driven too much. If everything was bearing$, it might last forever; but it wouldn't be a Ford either.

I totaled one, bought another, fixed the first one(Lazarus), blew up the second one (Red Cougar, 120k miles later on a car that had 120k on it already), bought the third one, and totaled it less than 1000miles later. Kids, don't do this at home!

The engine is ready for the second one, and the front clip is laying beside the tbird; all I need is good weather, lol.

Blowing the airbags totals these cars, btw. Even tho you can buy them for <$50 each.

Mine blew about 5 seconds after I bent my hood on his bumper at about 5mph... (bad tires)

Lazarus is my daily driver, and my experimental platform. It's been bent, pounded, and straightened on a rack, lol.

Over the years, I added an Al driveshaft, a 2002 tranny, ddog tc, suspension adders, brake mods, tuning, and now Bracing everywhere! (thanks, JL for everything except the rear STB from Racecougar!) I love this place!

The red cougar has a PI motor going into it as soon as I can get 2 dry days together, lol. I have a modded tranny for it, as well as a TC. It already has an Al DS and an 02 tranny, but it's not jmodded yet. I'll swap it, and mod the other one. I have a huge tru cool cooler, and 3/8 " lines, custom bent by ddog.
And it has a 'special' tune...

The tbird is ready to go back together; I have a pile of parts for it. DS, Tranny, ddog TC, Tranny cooler &lines, Racecougar RSTB, sport springs, an older Lonnie tune on a Xcal2 I bought here (which, along with a pi intake dropped a lifter on the red cougar (at about 5500r's), lol. Don't mod a 240k mile motor. def not the tunes fault, lol; I was burning second into third when it blew.)

I wanted another set of konis, but my order was canceled. Mo more Konis...

EDIT: I left out this fact: none of my MN12's have ever left me stranded unless I broke them; and in some cases, not even then.

I drove the Red cougar over 50 miles Home while Broken not once, but twice: Once with the tranny broken, once with a valve dropped. And I drove the tbird home after I totaled it. (Lazarus came home on a trailer; lady was passing on a hill, and I was turning.)

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My XR7 is insured under an agreed value policy for $40K currently...and that would cover most of what I've spent on it (not counting labor, of course). And to think that I only paid $250 for the car a decade ago, including delivery.

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My 92 5.0 I bought the car for 100. Had 2 transmissions built for it so 1600. Motor rebuild about 1500.

My 91 SC I bought the car for 800. 100 dollars on solid rubber motor mounts. 30 bucks on a VMM. When I got the car the owner before me did over 1600 dollars in upgrades so I got one hell of a deal.

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13 years ha, to much.

how bout just 2011

trans rebuild 800
other misc trans stuff 275
chunk of aluminum and a plastic box. 2100

car has been moved ~50 feet this year. still have a list a mile long that needs to be bought in order to get moving again.

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My XR7 is insured under an agreed value policy for $40K currently...and that would cover most of what I've spent on it (not counting labor, of course). And to think that I only paid $250 for the car a decade ago, including delivery.
I think it's interesting that your agreed value policy and my estimated total are so close.

I see you and PHatbrd have agreed value policies. How do I go about getting one?

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Contact your insurance company. I have insurance through Erie and I know they do "custom car insurance", where you can declare a value that you want the car insured for.

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Wow

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Wow, Now this is dedication!!

I would also Not know how much I spent!!

And my car is Uninsurable!

I can say I spent more on my engine than most did on whole car.
Stock 351W 2bbl. And I had the engine!


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