My car is currently in the shop getting about $1000 worth of repair done. The mechanic asked if I wanted to replace the water pump and timing belt while they were down there with the wrench, which sent me digging through files to see if it had been done. (It had, 4 years/20,000 miles ago.)
While I was at it, I added up all repair and maintenance costs since I bought the car six years ago. Including the charge for the current work being done, it comes to about seven thousand dollars. It’s a 1998 Chrysler Sebring convertible that had 80 thousand miles on it when I bought it (paid $8K to a private seller) in August 2002. Current mileage is 130,000.
So is this typical? It’s the first “nice” care I’ve owned. I knew when I bought it that it would not be a cheap car to work on, although some things were WAY more than I expected (I’ve never replaced the headlights, even though they’re pretty fogged from water intrusion, because of the ridiculous price, which I don’t remember offhand). The costs noted above are strictly mechanical-related repair and maintenance and do not include body work. Is there a formula for projected routine M&R? Or do I have some secret mechanics’ “Here’s a live one” symbol secreted on the car somewhere?