Miles: 170k (purchased at 70k)
Mechanical condition: need struts, rear brakes & i've got a CEL i've been diagnosing for the last 3 months (i'm pretty sure it's oxygen sensors - doh!) i' also think that my valve seals are starting to go (burning thru about 2 quarts between changes).
Aesthetic condition: relatively good. obligatory CT war paint (keeps the morons from pushing me around on the road
), but she still shines up pretty (just waxed her last weekend - DAMN is she fine!). chrome paint peeled off the grille, but i painted it black (looks better that way, imo) & the clearcoat is peeling off my spoiler (going to sand that down & hit it with a new coat of paint/clearcoat hopefully this summer).
Money spent fixing the essential(mods/maintenance excluded): is this cumulative? aside from the stuff listed above (which is easily $1000 in parts & probably more in labor when i f- it up), i've really only had to put a clutch in it which cost about $800. the timing belt was done right before i bought it, so i lucked out there. HANDS DOWN the least expensive car to maintain that i've ever owned - & A LOT of that is due to the wealth of information i've found here. SOLARAGUY ROCKS! EDIT: forgot that i cracked a front swaybar a couple years back - that set me back about $500.
Major problems experienced: the biggest complaint i have is winter driving. before the lara, i had a 93 honda accord & i could run that year-round on all-seasons. the lara REQUIRES snow tires in new england winters. found that out the hard way when i ended up in a ditch with her when there was hardly a dusting on the road. my sunroof also has this annoying problem where it gets an inch from closing & then opens back up unless i click the button again - something in the gearing is jammed. aside from that, she's incredibly resilient.
other notes: do you guys keep the mudflaps on (or whatever they're called), or have you taken them off? i'm thinking about getting rid of them - any input either way on whether i should or not?