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April 28, 2005

Friggin' consumables

Sometimes, it’s not just the cost of buying something that gets you; It’s the cost of keeping it. I blew out a tire on my Porsche yesterday. Mind you, the car only has 10,000 miles on it. Had it towed to the dealership, where I was told that rear tires on Porsches only last 8,000 to 12,000 miles. The front tires last 15,000. So, I had two new rear tires put on at $375 each, as well as an alignment done at $250. I’m “so” looking forward to the $800 oil change in two months! I guess it serves me right. If any of you are looking to buy a flashy car soon, then take this as a warning that there are a lot of extra maintenance costs.

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Thanks! Next time someone blows by me in a Porshe, I'll be sure to think of your post.

Posted by: tim | Apr 28, 2005 1:13:20 PM

I think the car dealer was lying. My friend had a Porsche and he drove it a lot (really a lot) and I can't remember him changing the tires that often.

Posted by: Hermann Klinke | Apr 28, 2005 2:33:33 PM

Please do not take this the wrong way (how many ridiculous things started with that statement?), but should a person who drops $40k+ on a vehicle really worry about $800 oil changes and $400 tires? Especially a vehicle that seats two (realistically)?

Now, just because I drive a tan minivan with car seats and candy wrappers does not mean I am writing this out of jealousy. I am simply writing this trying to figure out how such costs could be unanticipated.

Regards, Sly

P.S. Yes, I am jealous and I do wish you could get a $40 oil change. However, Adam Smith said it would cost $800 quite some time ago.

Posted by: Sly W | Apr 28, 2005 6:11:44 PM

You spend a buckload of money on a European car, and then complain about the cost of parts/service? WANKER!

Posted by: John Mahoney | Apr 28, 2005 9:39:10 PM

Herman: The tires actually do wear that fast. They are 18" low profile Z Rated Pirelli P Zeros.

Sly: The car cost $95,000, which should have tipped me off even more. I was told it was going to cost a bunch, but it's one of those things that doesn't hit home until you actually have to do it.

John: Yeah, I know I shouldn't complain. It was just a shitty way to start the day. Blogging is cheaper than therapy.

Posted by: Jonathan Goodyear | Apr 29, 2005 2:09:34 AM

Agh, not for nothing, but so a tire blew. Change the friggin tire besides the road and drive it to a service station, like a real man would.

Posted by: Skippy | May 2, 2005 6:37:09 PM


Posted by: Thor | Jun 16, 2005 2:30:22 PM

No sympathy for conspicuous consumers. If you can't afford the maintenance then don't whine. Sell it and chalk it up to lesson learned.

Posted by: kg | Jul 27, 2005 6:16:48 PM

I, too, own a Porsche, and the Germans have a nasty habit of withholding repair information to anyone but their authorized outlets for way too long, and getting worse. I worked for a european rep. shop and found getting tech info like cracking software. However, there are alternatives. PZeros can be purchased a lot of places, including Sam's, (and they can install them), and oil changes can be performed by a number of qualified techs, just make sure there's not a warranty hitch. The German marques will sell parts to techs, and you can save substantially. Some things on late models are better left to them, but why get killed every time?

Posted by: a car tech | Aug 21, 2005 9:14:37 AM

Good luck! for your car dealership

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