duct tape and zip ties and you're golden. I think since i've owned it, the biggest repair bill I had was about $1300 for a turbo, timing belt, and head gasket. The guy did crap work but it was enough to get me back on the road, and I patched up his lazy work as best as I could.
In all seriousness, my engine bay looks like a rainbow, I color-code zipties with repairs so I know what i've done.
my entire bumper is held on by zip ties, solid as a rock, but some clever engineering and its going to keep going.
Also in its 375k life, its never been in an accident. ( except for a parking lot hit and run which resulted in the zip tie bumper. )
but i'm to the point where I don't bother with fixing the little things anymore. It leaks oil, coolant, and powersteering fluid like crazy, on cold mornings a cylinder will misfire until it warms up, the headlight housing shiney parts are so coroded i have to drive with my brights on all the time at night, but it gets me from A to B. I've only had it break down on me while driving once.
I've accepted the fact that pretty much every time I get gas I add oil and PS fluid. Not going to bother with tearing the front end off to replace a steering rack, or worry about hunting down the leaking gaskets to repair the oil leaks.
I'm currently trying to save up a grand or two to add in on top of trading the car in. ( I'm still young so cash is hard to come by ) so Sometime this year I'm just going to bite the bullet of debt that I've managed to avoid so far in my life. ( dodging student loans was hard enough ) and once I have the money saved up i'm just going to hoon the crap out of the car till I trade it in. I'll get pennies for it, so I might as well have some fun with it before I do.
Edited by Jixr - 1/13/14 at 2:56pm