Hmmm...was it over $4,000?
Within the 1st year of owning our used '93 SSEi, I had to spend about $4400 for: a tranny, AC system, alternator, battery, brakes, and a few little things...and I did all repairs myself except the tranny replacement. And both I and a mechanic checked out this car before I bought it, so you never know what can break.
Since then (the last 3 years, for a total of 4 so far) it'* needed a supercharger, water pump, throttle body cleaning, and a few other little things. I replaced the supercharger with a used one myself, and replaced the water pump (new one) myself.
I didn't include the tuneup, tires, or gas costs...I plan on keeping it for several more years.
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