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There used to be a rule that your total maintenance costs (including fuel and insurance?) over a 100,000 mile period would equal the price of your car. That was when you could buy a new 280SL for $7,000 and fuel cost 25 cents a gallon; but you only had a 3,000 mile (or 90 day) warranty.

Today's SL sets you back more than 10 times that....and gas also runs more than 10 times that. But the warranty is much longer.

So, I expect the old math is no longer any good.
 

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What's maintenance?
Oil change, or those things that costs me several hundreds dollars on Chevy each time I had to push it thru smog check?
 

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Kajtek1 said:
What's maintenance?
Oil change, or those things that costs me several hundreds dollars on Chevy each time I had to push it thru smog check?
All costs that are associated with owning a car.
 

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Corkscrew said:
All costs that are associated with owning a car.
In such a case it might come as negative in couple of my cases.
I bought 93' 300D in the past for $5000, drove it for 25000 miles @ 30 MPG, spend about $200 for gaskets and filters, $40 for oils and sold it for $6500.
Ops... how about insurance and registration?
 

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Corkscrew said:
But the warranty is much longer.

So, I expect the old math is no longer any good.
Don't think you didn't buy the warranty.

Buying a warranty is nothing but prepaying maintenance.

Whether any is needed or not.

Insurance companies make money. Warranties are insurance policies.

Buying a warranty is an operating cost just like collision insurance.
 
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