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1991 Miata

Back in '96, I started working as a programmer, commuting to the other side of the bay. My trusty old 88 Toyota was getting a little long in the tooth, so I picked this car up. She's a 91, had 50k miles on her which I figured was 1/4 of her useful life consumed and I picked her up for 1/3 the cost of a new one.

Since then, I've put 145k more miles on her and aside from three sets of tires and innumerable oil changes, she's only cost about $1,000 in maintenance all in one shot. At 150k miles, I put in a new timing belt, a new clutch and changed all the belts and hoses... Ought to be good for another 150, don't you think?

Though now, she rattles, bangs and complains when I ride her. She still roars when I scratch her where she itches


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Sold, 2010.09.22

I paid $8,000 for her. Put on three sets of tires Two sets of brake pads, three batteries and a pair of rotors. Together with the $1,000 mentioned above, I have a cost of ownership at 10,300 after subtracting the sale price. Since I have driven her very little since the price of gas went up, Fuel costs for 204,954 miles comes to $6,831.80

Total cost $17,131.80. Cost per mile: $.0835885






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