A couple of things abt subies, is awd is you have to always buy 4 of tires because of the awd drive train issues...even if only 1 tire is bad, timing belts at 100-120k. And change oil, often...this is due to the flat 4 design, since the head gasket sits in oil. What happens is that you get gasoline in the oil...via piston blow-by and unless you drive and really heat up the oil so that the gasoline evaporates. Most of the time, you drive the car just a few miles so that the oil does not heat up enough and the gasoline in the oil eats at the head gasket. The later 90's and early 2000 the head gasket material did not stand up very well...they reformulated the gasket material and is not much of a problem...but you still want to change to oil regularly because of this blow-by flat 4 engine design. Also when doing the timing/surpentine belt, you also change cam and main seals, water pump and etc. because this stuff is behind the timing belt and there is alot of labor involved so....do it all while you are in there...so it can come out to be $1500+ bill. btw deducting the 1500 from the bill...idk...well its just maintenance...have it done and ur good for another 100k. The neighbor has a nice subie awd wagon and he in general budgets/spends about $1000 per year in shop maintenance, tires, oil changes and etc.
Abt volvos...my little 01 v40 has 95k is in very decent shape and I put about $1000/year and I do alot of the standard maintenance of oil changed, breaks, transmission flushes...its the ecu shit that I'm not tooled or knowledgeable about.
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