When I sold my mk2.5 rust wagon for £700 back in Feb, I was lucky enough to find a nice, but repaired write off NC PRHT for about the right money. It was in need of some love, but was in lovely condition underneath.
I spent £2700 on it.
Then followed the essential maintenance, all done myself so no labour cost (except alignment). Swapped the suspension, first to Bilstein B12, then to Meister, added an android auto head unit, new (cheap) wheels and tyres and so on.
Just did the sums and I have spent over £5900 so far. I got some money back selling the original wheels and suspension, and will get some more back selling the new Bilstein kit.
But damn… don’t tell the good lady that the ‘Do we want to spend that much’ cost to buy the thing is less than half what I have spent on it in the first three months of ownership.
Absolutely love it though, so as long as it doesn’t throw a rod or something, it is better spending the money and enjoying it than it sitting in the bank (or in my case sitting as two unused motorbikes that have gone to new homes).