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Subject:  Re: update Date:  8/8/2013  12:03 AM
Author:  ishtarastarte Number:  307168 of 312185

I liked the projects

This right here is the key.

This was a hobby for you - one you enjoyed.

I don't think other people would enjoy it nearly as much as you did - so expecting others to get an average of $250 per year for maintenance and upkeep is unrealistic.

I mean, it's really cool that you've done it. Awesome - more power to you.

But it's not a path for everyone.

You look at your cars differently from the majority of people.

It's your hobby - it's something to do.

Other people don't see that when they look at the car. They want to sit down, turn the key (or press the button) and have it take them where they need to go.

When it doesn't - well, most people aren't going to be ripping it apart themselves.

I mean, my current car is over 20 years old, but I only bought it two years ago. I've replaced a tire, alternator, starter, clutch, and battery. It needs a new compressor for the a/c, but that's not happening any time soon.

I had to have a mechanic do the clutch - it just wasn't feasible for me to even attempt it. That was $600 (and I talked him down from $800).

Just that repair puts me over your $250/year for this vehicle.

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