Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-20-2010, 01:31 PM   #41
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,733
Originally Posted by Ed_The_Gypsy View Post
IIRC, long ago the Navy experimented with not doing maintenance on a couple of submarines.
It's a ongoing experiment called "doing more with less in a fiscally austere environment"...


Spring 2020: my daughter and I wrote “Raising Your Money-Savvy Family For Next-Generation Financial Independence.”
Author of the book written on "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement."

I don't spend much time here— please send a PM.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-20-2010, 03:36 PM   #42
Recycles dryer sheets
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 183
I bought a 1997 Saturn (manual trans) in 2003 with 96k miles for $3200.

Flash forward to 2010.

Car now has 178k, and I have put a grand total of maybe $350 into it. Brakes/rotors, water pump, belt, brake caliper. Still has original clutch. Saturns also have a timing chain and not a belt which is greatly appreciated.

I did not include oil changes or tires because every car, new or used needs them and 'uses' them up at a similar rate. The one mistake I made with this car was buying cheap tires, thinking in case the car didn't last. I would have come out ahead buying better rubber.

I think everyone should learn basic maintenance such as spark plugs, brakes, water pump, radiator replacement. This stuff is easy, takes an afternoon of your time, and can save you SUBSTANTIAL money. I don't change my own oil, there isn't enough of a margin to bother with.

innova is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"The Giant Global Pool of (subprime) Money" Nords Other topics 10 09-28-2008 05:32 AM
tiny button fix: "Save" edited comment sometimes = "Vote Now" ladelfina Forum Admin 0 09-24-2008 01:22 AM
"You save 8 cents for every $1 of deductions" AMT whack Delawaredave5 FIRE and Money 4 02-20-2008 05:53 PM
re-post "Money, an evil and forbidden subject?" Enuff2Eat FIRE and Money 8 03-08-2006 09:07 AM

» Quick Links

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:35 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.