Cheap Audis are expensive
I was once told, “the most expensive car you’ll ever own is a cheap Audi.” I needed a “new” ride for mid-Michigan winter weather after the old Maxima finally gave out, gave myself a mere $4K budget, and looked mostly at POS trucks and Jeep-like vehicles, figuring so long as the drive train was decent, I could just rattlecan a rust bucket with flat black paint and put on cool wheels and tires. Then I saw this 2001 MK1 Audi TT Quattro ... with its amazing lines, its in-a-good-way-weird interior, its fist-shaker shifting, and - yes, I’ll confess - its really cute butt. $2.5K? Sold. IMMEDIATELY put the other $1.5K into all weather tires, ignition coils, and such. (Let’s be honest: it’s a VW in an Armani suit.) Long story short - as if THAT were still possible at this point - 2.5 years into this affair, I have probably put around $900/year into upkeep and upgrades. It is just fine by me. That’s fess expensive than my great old Porsche, far more than my tried-n-true E30 Bimmer, and FAR less than several affairs with humans, I assure you.