Focus Fanatics Forum banner

Is 'Car Modding' Worth It?

  • Yes (Worth it).....

    Votes: 1,673 81.7%
  • No (Not Worth it).....

    Votes: 374 18.3%

  • Total voters
    2,047
1 - 20 of 768 Posts

·
Retired Fanatic
Joined
·
20,000 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
So what do you think? Personally unless you spend $15,000 on the car, go insane with performance I feel it's not worth it. Sure you get the 'fun' from it for a while but it does fade out and in the end, your getting 'pennies' for what you actually spent on the car. Not to mention all the problems that come up (example FI applications) among other things including legality issues, tickets, BS like that....

So my question is, in your opinion do you feel 'car modding' is a good thing (worth it) or a bad thing (not worth it)?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
46 Posts
I think its worth it at the time you get the ideas and execute them. But I have just decided, I'm taking her back to stock. 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. I could have traded my car in and got something I really wanted. In the long run it's just not worth it.
 

·
Random Guy #31
Joined
·
1,861 Posts
i think its worth it.... just a hobby to entertain me.... i always like to push myself and my car to see what i can do.... i guess it calms me down? as MySonOptimusPrime says they dont last forever but i hope my last a lot longer than i expect.... besides this is not my daily driver... have plenty of other cars... so that kind of expands my Roush's life... im not going to be in a financial situation where i need to save a lot of money so for me this works out great... already have a house and engaged so... im set...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,065 Posts
I think it's worth it, but it definitely depends on your definition of worth I think.

It is NOT financially worth it, and anyone who thinks it is is foolish. If you spend a few hundred and expect to win all sorts of shows and national acclaim and sponsors, you're nuts. If you spend several thousand and expect to see a dollar of it back when you sell (provided you don't part out), you're also nuts.

So in that sense, it's absolutely not worth it.

For me, it's a hobby and I enjoy spending time on the car and making it mine. When I have extra money lying around, I spend it on the car because it makes me happy, and I don't really have anything else to throw my money at. It gives me something to do that I have fun with, and it makes my car feel special, to me. So for me personally, I think it's worth it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,084 Posts
Like Lil PZEV said, its more a hobby to me, i will find things to do, make something new, build a new speaker box, fix something else, move things around. I have always hated the thought of driving a car EXACTLY like someone else's. Thats why i mod my car so it is different than every other focus out there. Makes it something i can be proud of and have something to show for. perosnally for me, its worth it.
 

·
Capital Obvious
Joined
·
2,562 Posts
it's fun...so yes it's worth it.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
9,238 Posts
Having been without my car for almost 4 weeks now, I would say no.

Once I get out to my next autocross, yes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,746 Posts
i am not really an expert in the area cause i drive a stock svt, but part of the reason why i am not modding is cause my car sees alot of miles and i need to have it running and on the road everyday for job reasons. but on the other hand i have grown up working on cars and bikes and i do enjoy spending time working on them. so if i had a car to mod that i didnt have to worry about drving day in and day out i would probably mod it so to me it would seem worth it.

it is important to rember though that investing in cars is not easy and if you mod one you most likly will not see any of that money come back
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
187 Posts
For me, I intend to do just basic mods and not get into all of the HP engine mods (cams, turbo etc..) With the exception of maybe the SVTs, most stock cars don't come exactly as the buyer would like them so to me, modding allows me to get to where I actually wanted the car to be.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
85 Posts
^ I'm with him. Every time I see a car with nice rims, or expensive brakes, a nice exhaut tone...I never get jealous about 'my Focus not coming with that stuff'...I just think about how I can't wait until my Focus WILL have those things. :)

Everyone has something, a hobby, an obsession, that they put their time and money into...it's an escape, an expression, just about whatever you want it to be. I think it's definitely worth it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,957 Posts
On the whole I would rather spend "modding" money on a higher level of car instead of pouring it into one I could never get the investment back out of. I may buy some Konis and R Compounds for SCCA events next year, but that's it.

EDIT:
I do have a different attitude about whatever will become a more dedicated racer than this car. If and when I decide to move out of the stock classes, I will probably spend some serious $$$ on the car to compete and feel fine about it. That's actually better about getting your money back too, because racers buying from racers tend to give that stuff a lot more credit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,336 Posts
Yes and no. When it comes to the performance, no. I just dont see the reason to spend all my money trying to make this car fast. The looks of my car is different. As of now I have drawn the line on it, but I think all the honks and comments I get on my car are worth every penny.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
31 Posts
As a hobby, I think it's worth it. Turning a "normal" car into something special and doing the work your self has alot personal value.
However... it is definatly not practical!
If it's something that you love doing and you dont sacrafice the important things, do it!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
25,620 Posts
Money wise? No .. Is it worth the enjoyment I get from the car modded in the way that it is.YES!.. The car holds the whole family on long trips and still allows a spirited drive thanks to the brake and suspension upgrades. So, allowing me to drive my wagon the way I like to drive on curvy mountain roads was and is worth the price of the Mods!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
309 Posts
It's a good question ... personally I love modding my car, but after I crashed my previous ZX3 I started to think a little bit more what to mod and what to leave stock. In that car I had about 3-4k of audio gear invested and now I'm not sure it was worth it. I had a lot of fun with it and really enjoyed it, but I don't know if I will do it to my SVT ...

As many of you said, it's a great hobby and I will surely continue it - altough I will consider more carefully what to get and what not to get ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,228 Posts
If you plan on trading it in after a couple years,,then noits not worth it. I plan on keeping my svt until i reach my midlife crisis. So for me, every penny I drop into my car is worth it. I love the focus, especially mine.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
527 Posts
i used to go crazy moding and i dont think its worth it. but like someone said before i dont like 15 in wheels that every other focus has or my monster truck suspension. so il change some stuff but i wont void the waranty on a brand new car. thats definately not worth it.
 

·
BAD EGG
Joined
·
7,418 Posts
Voted no. Simply put I would rather purchase a vehicle that I consider ideal from the showroom floor. It's tough to afford decent mods when cars are not your only interest in life. Honestly I look at gains that people are posting after having added a good deal of parts and cash to the car and just roll my eyes sometimes. Dunno, I just like to maintain a nice balance of expendable cash flow amongst all of my interest.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
4,483 Posts
I think that you have to pay your monthly payments regardless, so you might as well spend some extra money and actually like your ride. You only live once, you can't take ANYthing with you, as long as you save more than you spend for old age, go for it.
 
1 - 20 of 768 Posts
Top