- Change VSS (used with the odometer and speedometer)
- Change tires (also get full size spare)*
- Change muffler
- Get new headlights
- Get new windshield wipers
- Fix electric locks
- Fix front windows
- Clean Car
The first thing done were the lights, wipers, and VSS install. The second was to purchase new tires, which I did after running the car for about a month. We saved about $300 in gas by using this car rather than the Ramsey Rover and carpooling. This enabled the purchase of the tires, a new full size rim, and a muffler.
*The purchase of a full size rim and 5 new tires was only $10 more then just 4 new tires due to a special. There are a few advantages to the 5th full tire. First is less wear and tear on each tire over time and second is if I get a flat I can change the tire and not have to worry about delaying my trip due to having to immediately having ti replace the doughnut tire.
The cost of the vehicle of course increased:
Initial Cost $3400
Improvement Cost $858
Total Car Cost $4258
The gas savings per month for the almost sports car compared to the Ramsey Rover Mini Van is $1,575 per year so it will take 2.7 years for the gas savings to pay for the car. (It may even be sooner if we use the car more or if the price of gas increases.)
The improvements added have added to the efficiency, the longevity and the safety to the car. This means you are never to old to improve.