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Bianca Miata - Costs
 

I thought it might be interesting, if depressing, to attempt to make a list of how much this car has cost me since I bought it. I've had a astoundingly unlucky time with this car. My mechanic likes to go on about how reliably Miatas are, but shakes his head in disbelief every time something happens to my car. We've concluded that my car is either cursed or posessed. Things that just don't break do break on my car.

Where possible I'll dig out reciepts and list costs as detailed as I can, along with dates. Until I get around to that though, there's going to be a lot of estimating.

I've listed "maintenance" for anything that is something that one should expect to have to replace, such as tires, brakes, etc. Anything else that's been replaced because it was broken is "repair". Anything that was replaced even if it wasn't broken is an "upgrade". Some things were broken, but replaced with significantly better (and usually more expensive) counterparts. Those I've listed as "repair/upgrade".

Date Description Reason Cost
2000, Nov 4 Purchased car $8900
 
2000, Nov ? Rear brake job maintenance $200 ?
2000, Nov ? Clutch slave cylinder repair $90 ?
 
2001 ??? Replaced muffler repair $100 ?
2001, Nov ? New tires - Bridgestone Potenza RE-910 maintenance $550 ?
 
2002, May ? K&N filter, new intake repair/upgrade $50 ?
2002, May ? Replaced transmission repair $700 ?
New 1.8L clutch kit repair/upgrade $250 ?
Used 1.8L flywheel repair/upgrade $150 ?
Replaced mangled shift-knob repair $50
2002 ??? Replaced passenger-side rear caliper repair $100 ?
2002 ??? Replaced muffler repair $100 ?
2002 ??? Replaced midpipe repair $100 ?
2002 ??? Replaced coolant thermoswitch repair $50 ?
2002, Aug ? Replaced JR headers with used stock headers repair $100 ?
2002, Oct ? New stereo - JVC KD-SH77 repair/upgrade $300
New dash surround repair $75
 
2003, Jan ? New radiator repair $250 ?
2003, Jan ? New stereo - JVC KD-SH909 repair $400
Panasonic component set upgrade $75
Headrest speakers upgrade $40
New dash surround repair $75
2003, Jan ? New glovebox repair $75 ?
2003, Jan ? 1999 soft-top repair/upgrade $600
Misc 1999 parts upgrade $100
2003, Feb ? New alarm with keyless entry upgrade $350 ?
2003, May ? Front and rear mudflaps upgrade $200 ?
2003, May ? Used differential repair $600 ?
2003, May ? New bumpers, front and rear upgrade $440
2003, Apr ? HardDog Sport M2 Rollbar upgrade $500 ?
2003, May ? Paint supplies upgrade $200 ?
Painting car upgrade $550 ?
2003, Apr ? Bosch H4 conversions repair/upgrade $100 ?
2003, May ? RoadsterSport M1 Exhaust repair/upgrade $600
New catalytic converter repair $150
New gaskets repair $100 ?
2003, June ? Power steering parts repair $200
2003, June ? Front brake pads & rotors maintenance $100
2003, August 11 Clutch slave cylinder repair $30 ?
 
Total since purchase $8700


Last Updated:September 15th, 2004
Email me: miata@lewisd.com
Derek Lewis