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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Northern Hemisphere
Dave is right. Take time to find the car. I spent 7 months looking and you can browse thru the endless questions I have asked here on the forum.
My car is pretty much all original so every year I just do some maintenance on it. Nothing really broke in the car yet but I am just replacing parts like suspension, disc conversion in the front, added brake booster, replaced somewhat slowly leaking radiator with aluminum one, upgraded seat belts, etc. Parts are fairly cheap (comparing to my wife's Volvo) and if you have good mechanic, start building the relationship. I get some discounts at my mechanic, can bring my own parts, etc. Just because I only service my cars with him. Smaller stuff I can do myself (weatherstripping, carpet replacement, etc).
As to the maintenance cost, it is hard to tell. Like I said, nothing really broke on my car so all the work I did was preventive maintenance. I guess I could still drive it the way I bought it but the weather stripping was shot, carpet was stained, seat ripped so I have decided to replace those parts. That may not be the case with your car.