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    Cost of Ownership

    Cost of Ownership, I looked at the cost of ownership link and was not surprised at the costs involved. As I have been a mechanic, both industrial and automotive for about 50 years, It always amazes me that some one with a mechanical repair background couldn't perform the basic maintenance on some of the "Exotics". Where do the exotics get the $400-1000 for an oil change, or $1k-4k for a plug change? Last time I looked into the best tune up parts available for any car, I spent $120 for a set of full on race plug wires and $80 for a set of plugs, and $700 for a top end clutch set. Although this doesn't include labor, the dealer cost is still ridiculous. Just my thoughts!
    Dennis

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    Re: Cost of Ownership

    My understand of what drives these cost is:

    1. Specialized tools and training for cars that amount to only a small percentage of what a service department services. Low service volume = higher prices.

    2. Cost of parts - Most parts like brakes and clutches are made with more expensive materials (Carbon and Ceramic). I think the normal parts follow suit because they can and it's somewhat expected as the cost of ownership. I was thinking that other day why my LP640 taillights were so expensive and then I got to thinking about the fact that only 4099 Murci's were built and maybe only 2000 of these were LP640's which might mean that between production and spare parts, it's possible that only 5000 sets of taillights were ever produced. ?????

    3. Most of the guys that own these cars possess neither the tools, garage space, time nor knowledge to work on them themselves therefore they must take them somewhere.

    4. Many exotics can be very hard to work on because of the compact design and how they put them together. Many newer Ferarri's require the engine to be removed from the bay for a belt change which is normally a very simple and straightforward process in an "everyday car".

    I'm sticking to my replica for now and I'll continue to throw my extra money into the Stock Market, and maybe one day..... ;D

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    Re: Cost of Ownership

    $700 oil change is not only oil n filter, oil, their brand of synthetic and they charge is big buck and it incl. basic service such as all fluids, tires car wash etc. Yeah ,I know your Acura dealer does same, but if you can drive $140 SL what's 7hundred once a year or more if having a Ferrari/ Lamborghini. also if you do some of your maintenance, warranty could be a problematic who's fault etc. that's why.
    I wonder how much would be for Bugatti SS ?? I guess I'll stick to my Acura for $65 bucks twice a year.( mainly because of warranty issue)

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    Re: Cost of Ownership

    Here's some more fuel for the fire.... heheh! Go ask your Mercedes dealer (Smart car dealership ((in Canada anyways))) how much to change the oil in a Smart car... answer: $150... Can. Why, because the cheap folks creating the Smart car decided the engine didn't need a drain plug.... so, you now need one of the boat engine, dipstick oil retrieval suckers...! What a joke for 2 litres of oil!

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    Re: Cost of Ownership

    Here is my simple humble opinion.....

    PROFIT.......
    PROFIT PROFIT PROFIT.......
    AND MORE PROFIT.......
    It is called Capitalism with no controls.... Yet its a simple panzy pyramid scheme that will eventually collapse... Don't get me wrong I am no socialist commie, and I do enjoy and love Capitalism but it is simple..... look at the value of our dollar and the value of gold now.... we went to 2 wars because of trades in dollars, nothing to do with those Ahab's or so we call them as a whole "terrorist" or any religion trying to take over the world....
    By the way didn't the Nazi say the same thing about the Jews?

    This is what I see.... we are saying.....Look we have lots of food and we are not starving. Yet we are in reality eating our own arms and legs. I always wonder why we keep rising our labor prices and keep justifying it, yet watching all our jobs going out over seas..... Then complaining about cheep stuff and cheep labor from abroad.....

    Let's just hope that the eventual collapse of the money system around the world is not in our lifetime else we all will be sitting on lots of worthless hard earned money and those who bought lots of gold will be our new masters....

    Me I am simply just trying to finish my Diablo Roadster Hey At Least I survived the last "end of the world" doom and gloom round
    O WAIT I DIDN’T GET RAPTURIZIED AND IT IS NOW OCT 21 THAT I HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT…
    Guess I am going to go in the garage now and wonder how I am going to finish my doors that I paid some one lots of money to finish for me… Its all wrong and has to be ripped out

    MY 1 cent (the other one my wife took)

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    Re: Cost of Ownership

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


    That was one hell of a Saturday night........ Guess I am still paying for it today with all the delusional thoughts...

    O WAIT MY CAR IS STILL NOT FINISHED <<<<< not yelling but crying out loud........

    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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    Re: Cost of Ownership

    WAIT I DID GET RAPTURIZIED BUT THEY SENT US ALL BACK.....


    ... THE CAR IS NOT FINISHED ...


    ... OMG OMG OMG.... WIFE ALERT , WIFE ALERT !!!


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