Chris Posted April 30, 2011 Report Share Posted April 30, 2011 Hi Guys, I've been around these forums a long time, but not very active the past few years. I recently replaced my 93 STS and thought it would be interesting to post some info about my car and costs of ownership. I'm pretty meticulous at keeping records, so I hope this may be of interest. I bought the car in October of 2002 and got rid of it in April of 2011, approximately 8.5 years. Over this time, the odometer crawled from just under 170,000km to 292,300km - most of this time I was in school, partially explaining the low mileage. Total capital cost (purchase price + taxes/transferFees + safety - salePrice) = $9,746.81 = $1,146.68 depreciation per year Total maintenance/repair cost (includes cost of new tires, oil/filter, washer fluid, etc) = $11,641.38 = $1,369.57 per year A note about repairs - the first few years, I bought whatever parts were sold at the local auto parts store (UAP/NAPA). After I discovered this forum, I switched to almost exclusively Delco parts. Major components were then bought at gmotors.com, rockauto.com, or picked up at Dalgliesh Cadillac in Detroit. All major repairs were done by my independant mechanic, I did minor repairs and maintenance myself. I should also mention that I drove like an absolute maniac the first few years I had the car, and this likely drove maintenance costs higher than they should have been. Major Repairs: 2002 - neutral safety switch 2003 - new tires, transmission solenoid replacement, alternator (NAPA), refill R12 2004 - replace engine idle motor, new brake pads (4), rotors (4), calipers (rear), caliper service (front) 2005 - front wheel bearings, new tires (4 traction t/a for summer and 4 blizzaks for winter), convert AC to R134a 2006 - rad cooling fan replacement, replace muffler, replace RR brake line, replace both rear spindle/knuckles and RR wheel bearing 2007 - replace alternator (Delco), battery, new front brake calipers and rotors, service slider, new fuel filter 2008 - no major work 2009 - replace rear brake calipers, ebrake cable, turn signal lever, wiper switch, replace both front half-shafts 2010 - replace catalytic converter 2011 - no major work I started keeping track of fuel purchases in 2005. I used almost exclusively 87 octane from name-brand stations (Esso/PetroCanada/Shell, BP/Chevron/Marathon): Average MPG: 17.95 Fuel cost per km: 12.15cents Average cost of fuel: 92.7c/L After buying another car, I tried to sell the STS. After 3 weeks or so, many people drove it and seemed to like it, but were afraid to safety/etest. I ended up taking it to a scrapyard, where I sold it for $380. I was able to keep the wheels/tires, battery, fuses, and some momentos. The following link shows the final minutes of its life (may disturb some Cadillac fans!!) Photo documentary: End of the STS A great car, and it will be missed dearly! -Chris Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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