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$1000 every six months does seem excessive, but I always recall the advice I used to get from a Volvo mechanic--when I would faint at the amounts of money I had to put out to keep a 1989 740 running--"There is a cost for every car. The new car has a monthly car payment and the older car has maintenance & upkeep. You should budget $100 per month. Some months you won't spend anything, and then you'll spend hundreds..." That would have been circa 1999/2000. Inflation hasn't forced that dollar amount up to $2000 a year, but still, you can't have a 10 year old car and NOT expect to put money into it. I have owned Chryslers, GMs, Fords, Volvos, Subarus, Toyotas, Hondas, Mazdas, and Saabs. I consider my Subarus to be among the most reliable from that list. I am sorry you had a bad experience, but I think yours is the exception not the rule.Report it
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