As a few of you will already know, I've been the owner of my 8L S3 for well over a year and a half now, and on the whole I've been a very happy owner too. I've had ups and downs with the car, but no more than you'd expect for a car that's 11 years old, and on the whole I've had a great deal of enjoyment out of owning and driving it.
Being completely honest though, over the last few months, I've started to really to lose my interest in and inspiration for my S3. I originally bought her as a project really, a car that I could work on restoring to its former glory as well as modifying to get it onto the Euro/Dub scene - something I'm a huge fan of! Slowly, I've been working on the car making steady progress, repairing and rectifying 11 years worth of wear and tear whilst, as planned, making modifications such as upgrading the car's suspension setup (coilovers), fitting new alloys (the Rota Grid Drifts that I know some of you are big fans of!) etc. Recently however, I've found the car beginning to need a lot more maintenance to keep it going strong. More and more little issues continue to appear, and the more this happens, obviously the more expensive running the car becomes.
In the beginning, I really had a massive love for the car, with huge plans for it, but in light of the recent problems I've had with it, I'm really starting to lose the inspiration to carry on with it as a project. I'm starting to worry about the amounts of money I'm having to spend on the car, and how much I may have to spend in future, and I'm wondering if I'll ever complete the work I set out to do. In short, I really am starting to feel like I've got a huge money pit on my hands here. I'm constantly feeling tempted to sell up whilst the car is in a really good state, and get something much newer, to overcome the wear and tear issues that come coupled with an older car. Obviously there's no guarantee that I won't experience issues with a newer car, in fact I'm probably likely to, but at least maybe not quite to the extent that I will inevitably soon start to experience with my S3.
So really, I'm calling out to you guys to re-instill my faith in the 8L S3! Re-inspire me, with ideas, reasons I should keep her over moving to something newer. I really don't want to get to the stage where I decide to sell her for definite, so any comments or thoughts are welcome!
Thanks in advance!