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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    $2,400 for the upgraded clutch replacement on my 1989 Porsche 944 S2... I loved driving that car but hated the upkeep.
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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    An XLR that someone left something in the trunk in and opened the top.
    It bent, broke, and damaged hardware and paint. I think the total bill was close to $10,000.

    Next might be an XLR that someone put a cheap knock of fuse in. Some company was marketing them a while back, they don't blow. It melted about 10 feet of harness that required replacement of the entire body harness from the underhood fuse block to the rear bumper. I have pictures of that somewhere, it took me almost a week and I forget how much the harness was but it was probably about $1,200 by itself.

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Quote Originally Posted by ewill3rd View Post
    An XLR that someone left something in the trunk in and opened the top.
    It bent, broke, and damaged hardware and paint. I think the total bill was close to $10,000.

    Next might be an XLR that someone put a cheap knock of fuse in. Some company was marketing them a while back, they don't blow. It melted about 10 feet of harness that required replacement of the entire body harness from the underhood fuse block to the rear bumper. I have pictures of that somewhere, it took me almost a week and I forget how much the harness was but it was probably about $1,200 by itself.
    wow was that top one covered by insurance ?
    or did you not make a claim and just pay cash for it ?

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Long story, it was actually done under warranty.

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    oh wow thats cool

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Biggest expense was an auto trans rebuild on my old 1999 Z28 Camaro. It had about 115k on it and started slipping like any good old 4l60e. I didn't really abuse it either, just gave it healthy f-body useage, ie probably 10-15 brake stands, about 1-2 WOT throttle launches every week or so, maybe about 10-20 trips down the quarter mile. $1900


    Quote Originally Posted by Destroyer View Post
    I have an excellent track record with the used cars I buy. Out of the gazillion cars I've had, the most "would be" expensive repair would have been on my '98 Deville when the H/G issue occurred. Gladly I got rid of the POS and did not do the repair (this was pre-Jake) but I had already done many repairs to it by that point. If I pay anything less than $10k for a car I am happy to get 50k or so miles out of it. If it dies or starts giving problems I 'd junk it and feel I made out ok in usage.

    You sir are a poor miser compared to my dad. Back in 2000 he bought a 1988 Toyota truck, 2wd, 5 speed, reg cab no option sort of deal for $3500, 75k old lady miles. Got him out of a huge payment on his 1998 T100, which already had like 70k miles on it from his ridiculously long commute at the time. He sold that truck with 180k miles on it in 2004 for $2000 to a family friend. Only problem he had was the a/c needing a recharge, brakes, tires, and a tuneup. Pretty sure he didn't spend more than $1200-1300 on total repair/maintenance costs on that damn truck. I know why he drove that little tin can years later, he saved a ton of $$$$ for me and my sister's college fund.

    Funny thing is that truck is still being driven to this day by his friend's son. I saw it last year, they had it repainted after a minor collision a couple years ago. Thing looks like a million bucks and had 270k on it at that time, they even put back on that oh so 80's SR5 side stripe that it originally came with. I asked them if they wanted to sell that little truck back to me, they told me sorry, but HELL NO!!!!

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    $55,000 (or so) to put my Vette back together after the great fire of 2007.

    Thank you Allstate!

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Quote Originally Posted by Koooop View Post
    $55,000 (or so) to put my Vette back together after the great fire of 2007.

    Thank you Allstate!
    What year is your Vette? Pics?

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Quote Originally Posted by Koooop View Post
    $55,000 (or so) to put my Vette back together after the great fire of 2007.

    Thank you Allstate!
    Back together? You mean 55k repairs and it was not totaled?!
    And how much your next insurance premium increased after filing such a big claim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben.gators View Post
    Back together? You mean 55k repairs and it was not totaled?!
    And how much your next insurance premium increased after filing such a big claim?
    LOL, seeing as how a brand new one costs about the same amount, I think he was being sarcastic Ben.

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    ^
    I hope so!

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Reading this thread makes me feel like Drew.

    In my relatively (okay, extremely) simple wagon, the most expensive repair I've gone through was $150 to pay someone to rebuild the steering column because I didn't think I could do it successfully.

    Other than maintenence items, I've put nothing into it (tires, oil changes, wiper blades, other fluids, and rear brakes).

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    Yeah yeah. I know, I'm the forum cheapskate.

    But yeah, low cost of operation is really something you can appreciate at our age where resources are limited and you are trying (hopefully) to establish yourself for an easier/happier road ahead, leading to an early-as-possible retirement. Right now, for me, it's more about needs than wants. Wants will come later down the road.

    I can appreciate a nicer/better car just as much as the next guy, but it's nothing important to me at this point in my life. Until my '90 stops serving it's purpose (cheap-to-own transportation), or if my needs change, I will continue to use it.

    BTW, what was the steering column rebuilt for. Theft attempt?

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    I really haven't had any major problems with my car, I've had small things like the radiator and the A/C go out at the same time that combined cost nearly $1000 to fix. I don't do any repairs on my own car mainly because if I did I would most likely set the damn thing on fire. With the car within miles of closing in on 100k, I'm going to have to start replacing thing like struts and other suspension parts.

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    Re: single most expensive repair you have ever done

    This thread is a hilarious read. I have been convinced to never buy a BMW or Audi. Needing to program a battery? That is just ridiculous, its a car, not a space shuttle. I bet the space shuttle doesn't even need that.

    My most expensive repair to date is the HG job on the 98 Deville. $3114.95 at the dealership.


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