As time goes on and our cars move from commodity , to enthusiast to collectable garage queens I feel gaps in services are more the norm and for many cars gonna be more the norm .
This thread got me thinking and checking , I drive all my cars pretty much 2-3 times a week , but that can be only 20-30kms for a coffee or quick blast .
I have had three different servicing scenarios that really show following the standard Porsche stamp pattern may not be the way and really , service outlooks beyond having no mechanical sympathy are quite variable and personal .
My last turbo service run through was a 12k bill and it now ain’t been touched for 2 years!! But when I look back my car has been in and checked or tinkered with 95 percent of the time at a OPC . I have 40-50 repair bills on a 80,000km car , so divide that over 23 years It gets looked at on average every 6 months 🤗
My alternative outlook, On a car that I have had 18 months is a expensive experience as many just pop their car in for a classic or the annual special service . Stamp collectors .
My GT3 was like this 10-12 services over its 12 years and 21,000 kms .. I have sincerly had no end of things missed on a warrantied , serviced and PPI car..
My point being what actually gets done , mostly they get looked at , as had been the case with my GT3 , what I find is 5 years no major service as per specs and it has sat , not a good thing in my view .
Many things don’t get found unless you really take em for a long drive or even loosen off and check. As I said perfect PPI car .,
So far two front struts , suspension top mounts , sway bar links and to get it to a very comfortable level of safe , can be thrashed in my mind.. I just did clutch, brake fluids , brake pads , gearbox fluids , full service , filters , coolant ,a clutch and a complete suspension adjustment and check and a wheel alignment
My resolution on reliability and ownership is there is Unique rationale and value in each individuals ownership approach beyond the specs. Therefore look for the owner who knows their car and who is connected to it .. knows what’s going on with it at some intimate level , knows where the marks are , knows it’s quirks , knows what they wanna do next service cycle . We don’t all have buckets of money and I for sure don’t do what generally don’t need touching but each service , I might add in a suspension or a wheel check or an extra fluid change to have my piece of mind .
My experience therefore of OPC and a car being sold beyond warranty , with no connection to prior owner , impersonal and not conclusive and to be honest on a classic or collectable I’m not sure I would go it again .
The last one my 964 , 1990 , 50,000km car is that it sat and sat and since reinstating it as such into monthly use , it has taken in the past two years probably 8-10 circles and cycles of services to iron out all the age perished glitched items and again even though it was a solid car , it has shown many a problem that looked not to be there on face value .. slow and steady is the approach there ..
So wrap up , I guess a suggestion to all Is maybe write a car repair/service diary for the next owner 🤭
Also as I’m a long term keeper of my cars I have worked on the big birthday principle every 5 years go through the lot with someone who knows that variant of car.
My two low mileage cars in my view prior to my ownership are on some level neglected or just ageing , I ask the question good to drive good to look at on paper .
Have a great Anzac Day .. go for a drive forget the paperwork and mileage 😮