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Old 03-31-2014, 03:53 PM
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Angry I have the worst luck with cars.

Since I turned 16 I have spent probably 75% of my money on my vehicles and yet another one bites the dust now. Is there such a things as a curse?

For my 16th birthday my father offered me a good deal on his old truck, and I ended up buying it from him. I payed $2500 for a 1997 Ford F250 Powerstroke Diesel, and another $1000 on all new tires because they were shot.

After 3 months the transmission had lots of problems and I ended up replacing the flex plate by myself which cost $350 plus I had no vehicle for the 2 weeks it took me to do the job.

I continued to have various problems with this but nothing major until this last spring when there was a fuel line leak and a small fire from that. This vehicle is now out of commission. There goes a $3,850 investment.

Early in the summer I purchased a 1995 VW Golf for $1500 and I was stoked, it was my first manual vehicle and I had so much fun driving it home from the dealership... That's the only time it drove. I spent $500 on various parts trying to get it to work again before giving up and taking it to the German cars mechanic, after a day they told me they had no clue what was wrong with it and charged me $100 for looking. $2,100 investment that stumps mechanics.

Lastly, for Christmas my mother and grandmother loaned me the cash to get a decent car that would "be reliable" because with all my bad luck I needed it. I spent $3,790 on a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse with low miles. The car was sleak, got good gas mileage, and got loud! I loved it, but about a month after I bought the car I was celebrating my birthday going out to dinner and the transmission locked up. I missed my celebration, and got a nice $100 tow ticket instead. $3,890 invested into this junk.

Today, after finally saving up $2k to take it to the shop, I received news from my mechanic that the transmission was beyond repair and a new tranny + labor would cost me $5k. There is no way I spend that stupid amount of money on this car and I am just so frustrated. In the last 3 years I have invested nearly $10k into vehicles and have 3 pieces of scrap metal to show for it.

Does anyone else have nearly as bad of luck with cars as I do?
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Jeez, you seem cursed. I feel for you man.
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I went through a spell of bad luck with cars. I must have broke the curse because I haven't had any issues in a long while. Hopefully T Fade and Murphy chime in on this because they are down in Voodoo country
All kidding aside before you purchase your next car research it's dependability/reliability record. I have a subscription to consumer reports and respect they'er opinions over car mags because they have no advertisements so they owe no one and no one can call them their biatch.
So far they have been right about my Tacoma
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Sorry bro and not trying to be a d!ck, but it sounds more like bad driving than bad luck. Hope it gets better though whether "it" be your luck or your driving.
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If you're trying to keep the Eclipse, try going on club3g.com. There's tons of info there and they may be able to help ya.
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But on a serious note. Keep working on your own cars. What I've learned over the years is that the more I have to physically fix what I fvck up the less likely it is that I'll fvck it up.
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My 2002 corolla with 130k, wasn't a beauty, but was very well maintained.
Road debris got caught under the car in heavy traffic and punctured the radiator and lower hose. Needless to say it over heated fast and was stuck. This happened quite a distance from home and to get it towed to where I could fix would have been substantial.
So I have it towed to shop the replace radiator, hoses, etc.
I pick it up and drive it about 10 miles, everything is fine, BOOM! head gasket gives up.
Almost $900 down the tubes.
Not as bad as your luck, but this really pissed me off!
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Does anyone else have nearly as bad of luck with cars as I do?
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Look into a Honda or Toyota if you want reliable. Misterbitcheys are junk and parts are expensive. German cars are expensive and break down a lot if not babied and meticulously maintained. Blind people can work on a honda and parts are everywhere and Toyotas are very hard to kill. It sounds like your just hard on cars so you should learn how to turn a wrench to save you some money down the road.
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