@The Thomas J
: Yeah, I guess I am a "Foul Insulting Language Deleted by Moderator
" for doing that, huh? Heh heh!
But I do understand what you're saying. No worries.
To be fair, yes, it did require just north of US $7,500 or so to get the S600 into "good repair", after purchase. Without SDS and DIY, it would have been in the tens of thousands, just for that car; I believe the most recent estimate is about US $30,000. The '03 S430 required right around $6,000, including both front wheel hub assemblies and brake discs that I just did over the last couple of weekends. The project 2000 S500 has also required about $6K, including the Android head unit, new speakers, and new amp for the rear woofer. Dad's car has required about $3,000 so far, due to the low miles on it (88,000).
But here's the thing, and I think it's the point that both you and
are making here. The cars don't give me any trouble now. They are utterly trustworthy. We just get in 'em and drive anywhere, any time, without a thought; today was the S600's turn to go to work with me (she drove it last Sunday, to her great delight). And they're so damned luxurious that they're seductive. Astro's point about the Corvette really is true, and given that Vettes are nice cars, that's a statement. The fiance's S500 routinely outruns "lesser vehicles" when she must call upon it to do so....and she does it with heated seats, tank-level safety for her, and an air suspension, for half the price of that new Civic.
, I'd love to get a gander at that Packard of yours one of these days!