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View Poll Results: Is 'Car Modding' Worth It?
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:35 PM   #191
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Talking Whats worth spending your money on?

[QUOTE=MySonOptimusPrime;741252]I. I'm 22, getting engaged in the near future, buying a house, and one day I won't even have that car (they don't last forever). I want to kick my own ass for blowing all that money on all that stuff. QUOTE]


I'm 38, this is the first car I've done the modding thing with. Sure it's a waste of money but it's the first time that I've been able to afford to customise a car and still do all the other hobbies I enjoy. Before it was whatever transpo gets me to the mountain or the river or on that plane travelling or my bikes.

Now my friends who have "grown up" cars spend 3 x more per month on their car payment than I do modding my car, and theirs are either drab cookie-cutter mobiles (see golf or accord, or S40) or big stupid cookie cutter SUV's. (just count the number of Black Expeditions, bronze Jeep Cherokees or white Yukons you pass on any given day)

By the time you're done, you're income will have surpassed the amount you'd have been able to save by not spending it on having a hobby you enjoy.

And besides, when it's done you'll prolly want to kick your own ass for the money you blew buying that house that you'll lose when she decides she's had enough anyway. So is it worth it? Not on an ROI basis, (if you want resale value buy a Camry.) but what's the ROI on a fine bottle of wine or a nice meal? Or your favourite pet, Or Kids for that matter?

Is it worth it? an interesting mental exercise, but you may as well ask how long is a piece of string?
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:45 PM   #192
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if your not going to mod the focus better get the svt.
if you want to enjoy your ride and feel the difference you have made to it start modding...and imo modding makes your ride more comfortable
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:17 PM   #193
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the svt's have everything down mechanically, some small upgrades may be needed but not many, better off keeping it close to stock. i don't think some of the svt parts can take the extra abuse.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:45 PM   #194
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i think its woth it only if you know that you are going to keep your car for a long time not if youre going to drop 5 g's into it and sell it the next day
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:19 PM   #195
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Modding is only "worth it" from the standpoint of driving and enjoying your ride (Focus or otherwise) - from a pure "investment" standpoint, modding a car is a clear loser as you will never recoup your investment both in terms of parts cost, labor to install and the inevitable broken parts, busted knuckles, etc. associated with making upgrades. Having said that, I fully support and encourage modding, I've spent a fortune modding various Ford's over the years and will continue to do so long into the future
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:34 PM   #196
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Looks like everyone have their own opinion, but i'm all for it. Its only worth it if you really have pride in your car and want to get the best out of it and make it standout from the rest. Look at the great pumkin, i'm sure that guy is VERRY, VERRY pleased to say the least, and i'm sure he wouldn't have done it if he didn't think it was worth it, and he did it with a zetec and not the svt, so that really complimented it and was really worth it. And not just our foci's, with any, wait i'm sorry, ALMOST, any other car for that matter. To have that finish product and bask in its greatness. The joy of modding
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:53 AM   #197
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I think it is worth it as long as it keeps you interested in the car! i was bored with my focus until i modded the crap out of it now it is a street legal go kart of fun :) "Dammit, i'm addicted"
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Old 03-22-2008, 03:57 PM   #198
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yeah especially with the foci not being very responsive to mods, it makes it unique though, and if u install the mods yourself then u feel like there is a bond now
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IMO, modding makes your car more personal, you own blood, sweat, tears, and dollars went into it. It makes you appreciate your car that much more.
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^^ yup I do agree with that, just thinking back to what I posted before, I think I was commenting mostly on the performance modding cost vs. what you actually get in a focus for performance with regards to modding a sports car (mustang, etc) with close to the same cost and getting 5 times the performance out of it.

Modding definitely does personalize.....
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