Originally Posted by tcrote5516
Paying $3,500 for a set...well, you can imagine how I feel about that. It may be a Maserati but when the wheels cost 30% of the car's value than I don't think you're much smarter than the knucklehead that has the same wheel to car value when they put 20" wheels on a Honda.
How do you feel about a $7000 clutch costing 60% of the car's value? By that rationale, you, I, and everyone else on here who own one of these cars are "knuckleheads" by merely exposing ourselves inevitability of such a thing, not to mention the litany of other five figure catastrophes, wouldn't you say?
I guess there are 2 different ideologies here (neither are wrong, I just disagree with yours). You see these as $15,000 cars, and I see these as $100,000 cars that through some miracle of bad press, embellished horror stories, and *partly* unearned bad reputation, we are able to enter into for the cost of a Honda Civic.
As I'd mentioned before, if it's your plan for the car to treat it like a Bic lighter, try to get as many miles out of it as you can for your low entry cost, and punt it when it needs a major repair, there's nothing wrong with that. If you like it, plan to keep it, and enjoy it for the long run, then you'd better prepare your constitution to spend some money on quality maintenance and repair, this too goes for modifications.