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Psst ... Hey Buddy ... Wanna Hear About My Hot Investment?

July 23rd, 2008 at 08:39 pm

This investment's a guaranteed winner. And best of all, anyone can do it. Car maintenance. (What? You expected me to say I bought tulip bulbs?)

Yesterday I took my Camry in for its 120K mile tune-up. In addition to routine maintenance (oil change, radiator fluid change, tire rotation) there was a long list of things Toyota recommended should be checked out. Based on the lookover results, dirty transmission fluid was flushed and 2 accessory belts were replaced. Total "investment" was $377.

---Knock on wood---

Hopefully my investment will pay off in the form of a car that doesn't breakdown suddenly on the freeway, needing to be towed, causing me to incur unnecessary expenses, and making me miss pay because I can't get to work. And hopefully my investment will pay off in the form of a car that is still going strong at 200K miles (allowing me to keep my money in the bank, earning interest, instead of buying a replacement vehicle).

5 Responses to “Psst ... Hey Buddy ... Wanna Hear About My Hot Investment?”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Awwwww... and here I was ready to tap my tulip bulb fund. Big Grin

  2. monkeymama Says:

    I was ready to argue if all that was necessary, but $377 isn't really that bad.

    Over the years I have found there is little to maintain a car than change the oil and take it in the moment you notice something *off.* I found over the years dealers and shops recommend way more than necessary in the name of prevention. But I just speak as someone who has driven a car 200k miles (a Toyota of course). I've generally skipped the "recommended maintenance" and have never had a breakdown (mostly driving older cars with 150k-200k miles). Of course, you expect to go in the shop twice a year to replace a belt or something when you hear it. If you ignore it, yes you will be stranded! But yeah, generally I found the car gives you enough warning, if you are diligent.

    I guess I am adding my 2 cents anyway. Big Grin Though I think you made out quite okay. I've seen 120k tune-ups that cost 3 times as much. Sounds like they were very reasonable.

  3. snoopycool Says:

    Sounds good to me. You can always check your owner's manual to see if what they call for is due, or to prepare yourself before you go in.

  4. momcents Says:


    My parents just paid $1,700 for the 90,000 mile maintenance schedule for their Lexus. I say it was well worth it for you, price and peace of mind.

  5. disneysteve Says:

    I agree. I'll never understand people who don't do the routine maintenance and then complain when their car dies on the highway. What do you expect?

    Both of ours were serviced in the past week. The van (2000 Toyota Sienna, 105,000 miles) cost $35. The car (1998 Toyota Camry, 110,000 miles) cost $65. And both times I got a free loaner for the day while they worked on the car. How can you pass that up?

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