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Old 02-07-2019, 02:23 PM
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2003 CL-S 6MT cost of repairs and maintenance over 4.5 years of ownership

I was curious how much I was actually spending on repairs and maintenance so I went over my repair bills and almost had a heart attack.

For a car that I bought for $4300 CAD in 2014 with 120 000km I spent over 14k, which comes out to over 3k a year and over $250 per month. I hadn't released that it was so bad until I did the math.

The car now has 240 000 km (and has been a blast to drive), I've spent $11 299 CAD on repairs and $2 979 on maintenance (oil changes, timing belt, tires).

I thought I would share this info, it was a real eye opener for me. What have been your costs of ownership and do you think mine have been excessive?
I'm currently shopping for a newer car and am wondering how much I will save in repair and maintenance costs if I go say for a 2013 to 2015 TL/TLX.


Here you can see a breakdown of my costs to repair and maintain my car with notes and dates:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

Hope at least some of you find this helpful or interesting.
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It's an old car and to be expected. In 2017 I bought my 2006 TL 6MT, a car which was in VERY good shape, and yet I still put over $5,000 into it over the first year in pure maintenance.
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I can't open that at work for some reason, but what you've spent blows my mind! I wish I could see what repairs you had to do.

I had 2 CLS6 from 2007 to 2018 and I looked back at my maintenance records. Almost all the money I spend on the cars were for upgrades. The only things I have otherwise were brakes, oil changes, HID ballasts, battery and a valve adjustment which I did. They were the most reliable cars I've ever had.

My neighbour just got rid of his TLX and nothing but issues with it.
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Google sheets link doesn't seem to work so here is a screenshot:

Car costs over 4.5 years of ownership

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wow that's a lot. I will say I didn't drive my CL in the winter, so the salt never got to it. Perhaps that's why yours is higher. Could also be that you got yours at a certain mileage when things were due to be replaced.
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FWIW, I typically break out my expenses by the following categories:
  • Add-Ons (winter tires)
  • Incident related (pot-hole, accident)
  • Scheduled (oil changes, spark plugs, timing belts)
  • Periodic (brakes, tires, clutch)
  • Unscheduled (axles, exhausts, light bulbs, sensor failures)
By separating out the first two line items you get a clearer picture of how much the car cost to drive and maintain.
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doing my own work has saved me thousand of dollars.... parts have been sourced from rock-auto/oem online parts/used parts...

think the most expensive parts were mdx j35 swap and koni yellow/ground controls...
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When I was poor I did most of my own work. I should go back to doing that...
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