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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Who documents mods/maint/etc? in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; I didn't do much more than maintenance and mods in the beginning, but I now keep a log of everything ...
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    Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    I didn't do much more than maintenance and mods in the beginning, but I now keep a log of everything I do to my car -- maintenance such oil changes, diffs , etc, plus gasoline usage. I have the date and the mileage logged in for everything and usually put part numbers of stuff in there, too. The three hanging files I have in our file cabinet include all kinds of stuff, even stuff I never did but was considering at one point. I haven't logged in the times I Zaino'd the car, but maybe I should start doing that.

    Anybody else carry this to the absurd, too?
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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    My log is my bank account and receipts.

    It is starting to look as thick as "War & Peace".

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    When I got the CTS-V I also got a little briefcase and a notebook and began to log every event with the car, any work done to it, mods added, etc and kept all reciepts for anything purchased for the car as well as copies of it's PCM tunes on CDROM. So if by some chance someone here local purchases her from the dealership and signs up in the forum, I could pass all of that along to them. (If they wanted it).

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    Quote Originally Posted by heavymetals View Post
    My log is my bank account and receipts.

    It is starting to look as thick as "War & Peace".

    Heh, same here.

    Just got my 2007 expenses list from my accountant. over $5k last year in gas. Now that is .

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    I dedicated a drawer in my office for such, as would not want the wifey to see how I am spending her retirement. It mainly consists of receipts for parts and dealer visits, and dwarfs any business file I have. Never have logged mileage, as may force me to change my driving style.

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    I keep a spreadsheet for all my vehicles that I update religiously on the first of every month with current miles, any mods or maintenance during the month.

    I've been doing it for 3-4 years, and it really helps when selling vehicles, especially to some one as particular as me

    Of course it could just be than I'm and anal accountant... who knows...

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    Absolutely, have a binder full of stuff, even relevant TSB's.
    Also a hard drive full of FAQ how-to's and informative forum posts.

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    Quote Originally Posted by onebadcad View Post
    I dedicated a drawer in my office for such, as would not want the wifey to see how I am spending her retirement.
    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by jashearer View Post
    I keep a spreadsheet for all my vehicles that I update religiously on the first of every month with current miles, any mods or maintenance during the month.

    I've been doing it for 3-4 years, and it really helps when selling vehicles, especially to some one as particular as me.
    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by lunarx View Post
    Absolutely, have a binder full of stuff, even relevant TSB's.
    Also a hard drive full of FAQ how-to's and informative forum posts.
    And.. yep
    I even do this for my '92 p/u trk. Talk about anal.

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    All maintenance records and dealer visits. I keep all the work orders. Also keep all the invoices for the mods.

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    I'm keep all my records as well, including writing down the mileage, part numbers, etc when I do my own maintenance (which is more often than not).

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    For the purposes of resale (yeah right, I'm NEVER sellin'), to help protect the warranty, and to track the life of a part/a fluid/other consumable in terms of mileage, I think a reasonably scrupulous log is vital.

    For example, changing tires back and forth between seasons, I'd lose track of how many miles I'm getting on a given set if I didn't have a record.

    So, I'm glad to see others regard this endeavor as having some worth, too.
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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    Yep. I keep a spreadsheet so I can track dates, dollars and miles for service and mods. Hardcopies of receipts, work orders, installation instructions and warranty info goes in a binder. I must admit this is the first car I've owned that I've gone to this level of detail. Then again ths is the best car I've ever owned!

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    Re: Who documents mods/maint/etc?

    I put it all in www.mygmlink.com

    Anything done at the dealership automatically ends up there and I enter mods or any work I've done myself (like oil changes). I seem to recall someone on the board that would provide their dealership with supplies (oil and filter) and have them do the labor just so it would be recorded on mygmlink.

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