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Keep as is, modify or move on?

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    Keep as is, modify or move on?

    I have checked this site for the past several years and this is something I've never seen discussed and just interested on other's opinions, guessing others of you have thought about this too. Basically, when did you make your decisions to keep as is, modify or move on?
    3 years ago I bought a 2000 WS-6 with 60,000 miles on it. I have put new tires on it and $1500 stereo system in it. Only mod it has is Flowmaster exhaust when I bought I it. The car runs great and get lots of positive remarks on it. I put about 8,000 miles on it a year.
    So what have you guys done? Keep your car as is and drive it as long as you can or modify and fix and plan on keeping the car forever or have some of you spent the extra money now and moved on to newer muscle cars? Were your decisions based on money, love of your WS-6 or wanting a newer car with all of it's pluses? Any regrets?

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    Troy, just go with your gut. It will be decades before these cars gain any collector value and if and when they do any mods done will fall into a class called "Period correct" so do your mods but do them correctly, keep you car in good shape and don't do anything stupid (cutting the hood for a shaker scoop). Enjoy the car and if it grows in value then that is just a bonus.
    My ride is a 2002 Camaro SS SLP #3296 with 30k, LTH, 3" Y, CME, Frost tune, K&N, ported TB, Blackwing lid, Bellows, MSD, Denso Iridium, and 85mm MAF, Bilsteins, Eibach springs, SLP strut brace, Adj. Panhard, TA Girdle, UMI, Pro 5.0, Nitto NT555
    My wife has a 2004 GTO with the rare SAP, 18" wheels, K&N Cold Air System, MSD, Ported TB, Frost tune, Denso Iridium, Flowmaster cat-back, 3200 Yank, 75k

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    Have no plans to sell mine, just keeping it as nice as possible for as long as i can. Making it faster and changing it's appearance just makes the smile on my face bigger.

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    Thanks guys for your ideas. My "gut" and my wallet are both telling me to keep the car and just enjoy it and whatever happens down the road happens. My brain is telling me in a few years from now, "do you really want to put a lot of money into a car with 100,000 miles"? Hasn't been the first and won't be last time my brain lost out.

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    I'm at almost 130k, no problems here. The way i see it if it broke and i'd have to put a new motor/trans/rear in her, i'd still be way under what any new car would cost. Just enjoy it and take care of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    I'm at almost 130k, no problems here. The way i see it if it broke and i'd have to put a new motor/trans/rear in her, i'd still be way under what any new car would cost. Just enjoy it and take care of it.
    I do HIGHLY agree with Alex.
    ENJOY IT!!!! These cars will always turn a head or 2. Besides being fun to drive...mods or no mods.

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    Mine was going to be a driver for a couple yrs and park. But the recession messed that up. Now its mileage is high enough that its being modded however I want. I bought it to enjoy not worry about value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002ssslp View Post
    Troy, just go with your gut. It will be decades before these cars gain any collector value and if and when they do any mods done will fall into a class called "Period correct" so do your mods but do them correctly, keep you car in good shape and don't do anything stupid (cutting the hood for a shaker scoop). Enjoy the car and if it grows in value then that is just a bonus.
    Well said


    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Have no plans to sell mine, just keeping it as nice as possible for as long as i can. Making it faster and changing it's appearance just makes the smile on my face bigger.
    ^^
    Best statement yet.



    To be honest OP, I bought mine knowing it was going to be mod. Like Alex, the thought of selling it isn't even in vocabulary. I'd sell my house before my bird.

    Modding - It's a personal thing...some mods are just too much for some while for others not enough. They make great daily drivers and can be built up for serious fun. You have to find the right balance for you.

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    Not too worried if the car increases in value, just was curious what thought processes others went through and if they were happy with the decisions they made with a car pushing 100,000 miles like mine in couple of years. OK, I've put my car keys down and I've stepped away from the ledge.

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    nothing to worry about mileage wise as long as proper maintenance and repairs are done. Trust the muscle

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    I put mine up on Craigslist last night unfortunately I need a more family orientated vehicle for my 7 month old and I work too much to even have time to tinker with it so it's gotta go.

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    I left mine completely stock for the first 8 years I had it aside from an exhaust. Current mods in signature now. Once you start, just be prepared to keep pulling the wallet out.

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