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?