Packard V8· Registered
For true; I have to forceably restrain myself from bidding on some of the older V8 and V12 hi-lux German cars offered on BaT. They sell for only $10,000 - $20,000; they are such wonderful cars to drive when all is right with the world.In general, I still think German cars are superior to American ones... for driving.
Repair and maintenance... not so much.
However, when a $100,000 car is twenty years old, one should budget $1,000 a month for repairs and hope that's enough.
A family member has an otherwise excellent condition 2005 BMW X5 4.4 Sport, a wonderful SUV to drive, but the air suspension has gone TU. The dealership says, well, you got fifteen years out of it; most fail around ten years. Might as well replace it all while we're under there, because the rest will fail soon. Adding up new struts, air bags, sensors, computer and labor, it's possible to spend $5,000 to replace the shocks on a $5,000 car.