Inspired by this thread.... 'The White Elephant' or 'The real cost of owning a cheap M3'
I decided I would try and recall the costs I've incurred through 28 months of ownership of my e46 M3 Convertible. I've included all the costs I can think of other than the detailing side of things as that could apply to any vehicle. You'll also note that I have had quite a few bits off eBay saving a few quid. I've covered just over 21k miles over the 28 months which has reduced over the last 12 months due to having a van and moving in with the mrs (we used to live 60 miles apart!).
Clearly, you can cut the costs immediately with the mods, especially the BBK and by choosing a manual you guarantee not to have to buy a SMG pump as I did but you can see how much it has cost over it's time and I think I've kept most costs down to a minimum and have been sensible in part replacement. In the near future, the next expenses will be 4 x Michelin PSS's @ £700, road tax and insurance. Brake fluid will be annual from now on as I'm using RBF600 fluid and there's sure to be a few more mods added.
In reality, anything in the General, Fuel and Maintenance could apply to any car. The £2.4k repair bill may well be higher than something else though - if I was to split hairs, half the BBK decision was to do with the existing brakes needing refurbishing so would throw another £500 at the repair side of things. Mods are optional and may or may not apply to any car you choose.
I should also add that I purchased the best example I could find with the spec I wanted. Pics are below the table.
I hope you find it interesting.
£15.74 a day so far then.......