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heck id be proud to see people fix burnt out light bulbs... :( and yup.. learning is great... but also knowing when cost vs value is required... ok.. 1k to fix a trusted car better then buying a unknown car... but 4k to fix a known car is silly when you can look for a heck we will use the 03 unicorn as a example.. it will have less then 4k in it with t belt, all the little stuff like headliner and will need nothing more then oil/brakes/tires in the next 100k... except maybe a clutch... its dmf so will die one day.. but hell when the auto dies in his first wagon he spent 4k to do a 6 speed swap.... and really fell in love with tdi at that point... sad thing is.. he has less in a whole car then the 6 speed swap... :p and he found it by fluke/luck not even looking for a car..

the 06 with 187k with destroyed head the dealer put $2000 worth of turbo and cat on... vs pulling the vc to look... that owner was so pissed he sold it for 1k to the guy who picked it up (think gave dealer $2k a week before to accept $1k to be rid of it)... the owner was fed up and not spending a cent more (this is what we trying to prevent as no one feels good getting stuck)... took a big loss... the guy who picked it up.. drove it a good 14 mo till the dmf failed.. so clutch.. and not seen it in over 14 mo currently.. he got a steal but took a dealer screwing the owner for someone else to get a good deal..
 
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