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Old 01-27-2014, 04:30 AM   #511
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The only thing I ever bothered to modify on any of my cars was the audio system. That was something that always needed improvement no matter what the car was. Even today factory stereos aren't the greatest, but in my opinion they're still many times better than they were even 10-15 years ago.

Unfortunately times changed, and with the level of integration into many makes and models combined with the increased functionality of stock stereos, I don't feel an aftermarket upgraded stereo is quite the must-have that it once was. It's still worth it of course, but only if you feel like dealing with expensive mounting kits and even more expensive bypass kits.

Even so, I'll probably end up replacing the stock speakers at some point in time. I haven't looked inside the doors yet but I would be very surprised to find anything better than the usual paper and foam noisemaker that starts to fall apart after a few years.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:53 AM   #512
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it's actual cash value if you had to liquidate and get dollars, pesos, francs, etc.?
What is this, 1978 or something?

To me, modding a car is worth it. There's nothing to do with monetary value or return on investment. Yes, there's a limit to what I'd be willing to spend on a given type of car, but modifying and tuning (suspension, chassis, aero, etc, not just ECU/power) a car is a kind of passion for self-expression. It allows you to share with other people your idea of what a car should be like. Moreover, it's for your own benefit, not for anyone else's.

Unless it were a rental, I'd hate to drive a stock anything. With everything I do, I don't do 'stock'. Stock is boring, and for other people. Even my phone and tablet are not stock, run custom OSes and kernels. Why should my car--one of my most visible forms of expression--be any different?

Something can always be done better, can be improved. There's almost always more grip to be had, balance to be found, power to be extracted, and fun to be had. Tailoring a car to you is the difference in satisfaction between buying a dress or suit off the rack and having one made for you. The joy is that you make it yourself. There are so many different car tuning scenes; American muscle, restomod (both vintage American, Euro, and J-Tin), straight up restos, stance, dub, bosozoku, VIP, street sleepers, road/circuit race/autoX oriented, drift/pass driving oriented, rally inspired, and everything in between. There's a culture to it, and that's one of the other great things about it. I've met so many awesome people from countries all over the world thanks to car tuning and modification, and it's literally enriched my quality of life.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:25 AM   #513
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What is this, 1978 or something?

To me, modding a car is worth it. There's nothing to do with monetary value or return on investment. Yes, there's a limit to what I'd be willing to spend on a given type of car, but modifying and tuning (suspension, chassis, aero, etc, not just ECU/power) a car is a kind of passion for self-expression. It allows you to share with other people your idea of what a car should be like. Moreover, it's for your own benefit, not for anyone else's.

Unless it were a rental, I'd hate to drive a stock anything. With everything I do, I don't do 'stock'. Stock is boring, and for other people. Even my phone and tablet are not stock, run custom OSes and kernels. Why should my car--one of my most visible forms of expression--be any different?

Something can always be done better, can be improved. There's almost always more grip to be had, balance to be found, power to be extracted, and fun to be had. Tailoring a car to you is the difference in satisfaction between buying a dress or suit off the rack and having one made for you. The joy is that you make it yourself. There are so many different car tuning scenes; American muscle, restomod (both vintage American, Euro, and J-Tin), straight up restos, stance, dub, bosozoku, VIP, street sleepers, road/circuit race/autoX oriented, drift/pass driving oriented, rally inspired, and everything in between. There's a culture to it, and that's one of the other great things about it. I've met so many awesome people from countries all over the world thanks to car tuning and modification, and it's literally enriched my quality of life.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:31 PM   #514
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Makes my car a hell of a lot easier to point out in a massive parking lot :P
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:10 PM   #515
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I would say if you are going to pay your car off and drive it until it is done, sure. If you are going to do all this stuff to trade it in, forget it. I like minor/small mods and have only spent a few hundred on odds/ends - it keeps it fun and reasonable. For a car that I spend 2 hours a day in 5 days a week, I just can't justify all the stuff some folks do (lowering, suspension, loud exhausts, loud intakes). My car will have 150K on the odo when I hand it to my son when he is 16 so maybe then we can do some of that stuff if he wants it.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:03 PM   #516
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Easy question.

If you think the money your putting in is going to make the car funner for yourself. Then yes.

If you think your throwing money into a crap project, to only get rid of it.... Then no.
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Old 03-02-2014, 02:59 PM   #517
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You usually wont get the money back that you put into it, but if you dont care then its worth it.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:06 PM   #518
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I think whether something is worth it or not depends on the person.

It was worth it to me to have dinner last night at Olive Garden, even though it'll be in the sewer system soon. What did that dinner do for me other then cost me $60? I could have gotten the same nutrition for much less at my home.

So if I'm willing to literally dump money down the drain, then I outta be willing to spend some money on the car. At least with the car I won't mind looking at it. :)
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:11 PM   #519
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To me, probably not, but I like to do it....especially to MY car. Lol
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:53 PM   #520
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