[V8] V8 Crazy? - Or just out of our minds? - TCO / Long.
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Mon Jun 6 22:02:16 EDT 2005
Summer time is upon us again .. And too so will the v8's
reoccurring summer-time V8 ailments .. Hopeful, as well
all the great joys of long, summer drives and fun events !!
Luckily, we have this great community to look to, for the
better as well as the lesser, in v8 motoring experiences!!
Seems once again, that the ever present, want to analyze
and to try to come to grips, with cost rationalizations of v8
(and Audi) ownership's vs. other options is here as well.
It can be a bad thing, to try mix, financial analysis and the want
for constraint, when applying them to our complex steeds, while
also trying to balance it all -- against some lusty needs for speed.
Reading the thoughts, ideas, histories and rationalizations in this
thread. Reminded me of some (I think) "sage" advise, I sought out
from an ex-Audi Dealer UC Buyer /now UC Dealer before, I bought
my V8 several years ago. - As it was one of the cars on the top of
my personal want list.
He told me (and presumable any other in the same position) that
I should plan to budget $1000.00 per month for V8Q ownership. It
was based on the idea of acquisition costs, for a decent example
and paying Audi Dealer prices for parts and labor. -- And he also
had presumed I would actually be using the v8, as my primary car.
Based on my foreign car experiences (and with ability to do some of
the potential needed work myself) I felt, his estimate was a little high.
And he agreed, that it was possibly high -- But cautioned too, if I got
a bad example -- It could be a "very low estimate" in the short term!
But, it was summer and I was determined to keep a v8 at the top of my
want list. And wanted to find a good example before the prime shopping
weather here in the Northeast, wane'd.
As luck would have it, I soon came across a nice example, that was a dealers
own personal car, so it was well documented and maintained, with largely
miles between Connecticut and New Hampshire to the owners summer house.
It turned out to be a great car and one of my favorites. - And nicely better
average, problem and condition wise, than I had actually seen or read about
some of the other listers' experiences posted here in the past.
As in financial, its non-financial analysis, seems to defy any real
As if, it's all an enigma of sorts -- Does it get good gas mileage? or not?
ride well? or is it harsh? Does it handle well? or at times just an
unwieldy beast? Is it
dependable? or a bear? Does it stop? fade? or pulsate? Do we reach for the
or just some Aspirin ? -- No worries, I'll save most of the Viagra &
prune-juice jokes for
when, the V8's? get a couple of years older !! (Yes, yes, are we coming, or
In the final analysis, I would have to say, my "sage" friend was not far off
If one drives lots of miles per year the timing belt cost alone could be
the $50.00 - $100.00 per month range (2 cents per mile approx.). Not that
that much from the costs of other tightly packaged, foreign car engine bays.
the new Audi v8 'chain drives' will reduce some costs here?
And yes, if my 'sage' old friend is correct on his initial monthly estimates
to me. The
$1000.00 per month for the used V8, could translate into a new $55,000.00
likely a few bank executive's lunches) over a 5 year term, at average
current new car
interest rates. If it were a new $55k Audi, the "sage's" cost cycle
prediction, may rear
it self once again - (and not being readjusted for inflation of course) !!
Is it all crazy? -- Or, am I just out of my mind ? ;~)
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