The amount of money I've spent is about what you've spent in the 16 months I have owned my car.
I haven't broken apart the really necessary maintenance and repair expenses from the "unnecessary" expenses (new wheels, shift knob, steering wheel, euro headlights, window tint, high-end audio equipment, bumper respray, etc.).
The two categories of expenses total almost $12,500!!!
I only paid $9,500 for the car, so it was a steal.
But, I have to tell you, at the end of the day, the car is so clean and immaculate it takes your breath away. It not only looks like a brand new car, it runs flawlessly.
And I love it. I can't imagine driving anything else.
2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".