I suppose I'm the car industry's biggest nightmare. I shop very carefully for what I want then hold on to it forever. And, in the case of my '86, it's has lasted very well. 226, 000 miles and I'm on my second clutch and third set of brakes. I've replaced the air conditioning system once. Ditto the shocks.
But, it had a near death experience the other day, blowing the water pump on the way to work. The mechanic told me that would be $500 but to fix all that was wrong would be around $3000. That got my attention not to mention a whole lot of very pointed advice from my wife. So November ought to find me in Munich picking up a new 545I six-speed.
I picked up my '86 in Munich and was very pleased with the service.