[200q20v] cost per mile?

james austin jra914 at excite.com
Sat Jan 20 06:10:02 EST 2001

I sgree.  Some clarifications on the items - timing belt/water pump service,
power steering pump, radiator, heater core, blower motor, struts(twice on
the front but that's another story), tie rod ends, allignments(4 times!),
nearly every hose under the hood.   I source parts myself when its not an
emergency, do my own routine stuff - plugs, oil changes, summer/winter tire

Given that I'm driving the car about 3,500 miles a month there's just no way
I can manage to find the time to do much more than that myself anymore.  It
also speaks volumes for Audi that I'm willing to continue driving a car with
that kind of mileage on it almost a thousand miles a week and not be
concerned about breakdowns along the way.


On Fri, 19 Jan 2001 22:48:22 -0500, pjrose at frontiernet.net wrote:

>  My therapist has recommended I not do that calculation.
>  But seriously, considering (1) it's a 10 yr-old/150,000 mile
>  car, (2) that it's an Audi, and (3) that you're paying
>  someone else on parts and labor, I think it's not an
>  excessive cost at all. I assume it includes a timing belt service.
>  For myself: I tallied up parts (all purchased at discount)
>  and labor--all labor was my own except for a couple of items
>  whose labor amounted to about $450. My grand total was about
>  $1900 for 33 months and 24,000 miles driving (98K-->122K).
>  That's about $0.08/mile, but I just as easily _might_ have
>  driven 35K miles in that period and the needed repairs would
>  have been little different, I think. In that case the repair
>  costs would average down to under $0.06/ mile. But with the
>  higher mileage I would have to also need to add in a TBelt
>  service. 
>  Anyway, I conclude you did quite well considering you paid
>  for labor. If I had not done my own work, there'd easily be
>  another 10-15 hrs of technician labor to pay ($500-$700?).
>  That would bring me to very nearly 10 cents per mile for my
>  actual mileage. I'd hate to think what the total would be if
>  I paid dealer prices on _any_ of the parts. 
>  Phil
>  james austin wrote:
>  > 
>  > I'm going over my repair records for the last 60,000 miles and finding
>  > my cost/mile of repairs only is running almost exactly at 10
>  > I'm not including depreciation/gas/or add ons(euro lights, etc).  While
>  > seems high based on the other 53 or 54 cars I've owned, I bought the
>  > when it had 120,000 miles on it(it's now got close to 180,000) and due
to my
>  > schedule over the last year or so I've had to have most of it done
>  > than doing it myself.
>  > 
>  > What are other folks seeing for repair costs/mile?
>  > 
>  > Jim Austin
>  > 
>  > 91 200 tq
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