Rookie Mistakes Owning a Euro Car

Rookie Mistakes Owning a Euro Car


– The moment of truth.
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That’s it.
It’s easy like that.
When it comes to lists, I
love them, and here’s why.
A, they can surprise people by thinking
you’re gonna do a countdown,
and B, they make it really
easy to talk about things
like rookie mistakes because
you just list them off
and people like lists.
I like lists.
You like lists.
Numbers are lists.
We like lists.
It’s a good thing to do.
They help making information easier.
But when it comes down
to owning euro cars,
there are gonna be a few mistakes
that people can make when it comes
down to stuff like that
because spoiler alert,
euro cars aren’t that easy to always own.
Euro cars and mistakes go together
like Flaming Hot Cheetos
and Angry Orchards.
And as long as I have black hair
and a styling reminiscent
of a young Brendon Urie,
you bet your (beep) I’m
gonna be talking about
rookie mistakes when owning a euro car.
I’m Alex, @alex.fi on the socials,
and today we’re gonna be
talking about rookie mistakes.
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Rookie mistakes with euro
cars are pretty common,
but the biggest and the most important one
would be avoiding the
good ole classic search.
Now you go to YouTube or Google
and you type in year, make, model,
and then you end it with
the kicker, problems.
Euro cars have a little of a
higher tendency to have issues,
especially as you climb the ladder
of the performance models with the cars,
or you get a budget one.
You can have cheap, reliable, fast,
but you can only pick two.
Regardless on which cars you buy,
it’s important to know
what peculiar issues
each model may present,
like head studs, electrical gremlins,
transmission issues, and more.
You’re gonna be better
off buying a car where
these issues are noted in the ad
versus a car that claims it’s
never had the issues at all.
And that’s kinda the funky thing about it.
Rookie mistakes when owning a euro car,
you might be saying,
“Alex, I’m buying a euro car.”
And you know what? You’re right.
But guess what?
You probably owned one
and never even looked into
doing what I just said,
and you’re gonna wanna go back and do that
because you may be shocked to
find out some of the issues
that are coming your
way relatively shortly.
But with any car you’re gonna
wanna do this search with.
But with Europeans driving
a premium in the States,
usually this is why it’s a
little bit more important.
That goes into owning it as well.
Generally speaking, people
love older euro cars.
Old BMWs.
Old 911s.
Old Audis.
Old Ferraris.
We don’t have any of those there.
And even your exotics.
I see ya.
Old euro cars aren’t the worst
thing in the world to own
from an initial pricing
stand point of view,
but problem comes from the fact that
because they become more affordable,
it doesn’t mean that the repairs
have just dumped down in price.
Headset replacements of a 911-er can be
upwards towards 10,000k, son.
Air cool the car.
It’s practically a bug.
Another rookie mistake with euro cars is
not really understanding
just their overall quirks.
I get it.
A Mazda Miata can run on no
oil for about 42,000 miles
and be okay with it.
Because guess what?
It’s a Miata.
It is the definition of
a car that will love you
when you don’t love it back.
An LS can bring the world
down with some 87 octane
and just a little wee
bit of nitrous oxide.
We get that.
But if you think for half a second
that your 135 isn’t gonna act up
because you missed a walnut
blasting by 200 miles,
you’re gonna regret it.
Some euro cars are like that,
but some euro cars aren’t.
The fact of the matter is
that they are just naturally
a little bit more quirky,
and you have to be good with handling
those sort of problems by yourself.
Being a mechanic is not
necessarily a way to fix
all your problems,
but it’s gonna help you
by keeping the costs down.
And here’s the problem as well.
It’s not that the euro cars are
inherently expensive to own.
The catch comes from when
dealerships and shops,
will treat each euro car like a premium.
Because why?
Don’t fall for the hype.
Most oil changes are gonna be the same
regardless on if you have
a Cavalier or a euro car.
Just different oil.
Most normal maintenance items
aren’t insanely different
than their domestic counterpart.
If you end up going to a place,
and they start charging you more,
they’re probably just trying
to make a bit more off of you
because you got a fancy car
with fancy headlights and a fancy interior
that has the massaging seats.
You can probably just
do most of it yourself.
Euro cars have a higher pay-to-play level
than their domestic counterparts as well.
It’s just how it is.
The higher priced the car is,
the cost raises with it substantially.
Almost all of that money
will not come back to you
and is just part of owning the car.
In fact, when you go and own a euro car,
and you head out to the forums,
some of the biggest things
that they talk about
is just annual maintenance cost,
and they just talk about
the most ridiculous stuff
that costs money.
Picking up a euro car and
thinking you won’t lose money
is a pretty rookie mistake
besides some of your highest tiered cars.
People end up buying euro
cars because they look good.
They feel nice.
The leather is good on the lower back,
and they’re pretty good quality.
But non-rare euro cars depreciate hard.
Hard.
Capital H-A-R and a D.
And it’s important to know
that when you own one,
especially a new one.
Euro cars are a little bit weird,
but another rookie mistake when owning one
is just completely modifying it
past the point of drivability.
You have to remember that
because they’re just a little bit fancier,
especially the newer ones,
they don’t have much of a variance
in terms of being able to handle
the issues you throw at them.
Just be nice to them.
Take time with them.
Learn about them.
Maybe take them out to dinner.
Go to a nice baseball game.
Maybe take them out to
a movie or something.
Here’s another rookie mistake
when owning a euro car.
Now this is something that is
kind of a talking point all the time.
You talk about real parts
and genuine pieces for cars.
Now if there is a genre of cars
that care about this the most,
probably gonna be your euro guys.
Rookie mistake when owning a euro car is
making sure the parts that you’re buying
are as close to authentic
as you can possibly get.
We’re not saying that you gotta go out
and get the ole 4K BBS wheels.
We’re not saying you gotta
upsize your old RS wheels
or go get some SSRs,
even though we want you to
because those are dope wheels.
But a lot of times when you
go into completely fake stuff,
you have a tendency to
just overall catch hell.
And a lot of times when people do it,
they don’t even know,
because their euro cars are
probably some of the more
entry level, affordable BMWs
or Audis or things like that,
where they just got it because their mom
finally let them buy,
as long as the car was four-door
and could be driven all year round,
so then they just pick
up the cheapest thing
they possibly can,
and it turns out to be
a fake BBS or HRE or SSR
or something like that.
Always do your research
when you’re buying parts for this car,
because not even just for the sake
of having your maintenance
parts being genuine,
or at least OB+,
a lot of times those
after-market communities
will catch on if you’re
not buying the stuff
you should be putting on your car.
It’s a big deal.
Ask us how we know.
We know.
So what are some rookie
mistakes you’ve had
if you’ve owned a euro car.
Let us know in the comment section below,
and of course, if you’re looking for
wheels, tires, or suspension,
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100 Replies to “Rookie Mistakes Owning a Euro Car”

  1. Don't Forget to ADD YOUR RIDE to our Fitment Gallery! It's also the easiest way to get featured on our social media, which is a pretty awesome perk. www.fitmentindustries.com?add

  2. 1st if you have a euro car dont be afraid to hit the reckers for mechanical parts bought a caliper new brake lines and did a brake flush for 100$ instead of paying for the $250 caliper plus all the rest

  3. Owning a euro car is like having a child with severe chronic diseases without being covered by health insurance
    Gonna empty your pockets but man you love that kid to death

  4. Bought a gti in february and had to replace a coil pack…was told by a local vw mechanic get ready to replace the other by the ens of the year…a week later i had to replace the other 3 and 60k miles

  5. Had a 99 CLK430 and now I own an 06 A3. Euro cars are like that girlfriend (boyfriend maybe idk) you had in high school. Super high maintenance and you secretly hate them but they look really good. Your friends want one like her (him I suppose). when you treat em right they put out alot.

  6. I know many BMW owners have made the mistake of putting alumaseal in the radiator. Soo many broken thermostat's and heads.

  7. Can't believe you didn't mention it, but the special tools you will need. Triple square bits, a special tool for the serpentine belt tensioner, special timing tools, special scan tool, and weird-fancy suspension tools.
    Honestly the parts for most euro cars aren't really the more expensive if you buy them from the right place; the tools are the expensive part. I've own Volkswagens for the pass 9 years. Make sure you stock up on Torx bits

  8. to the guy that replies at fitment industries I’m that kid that bought his own 350z before school started this year. Yesterday I learned how to dump the clutch and do a lil donut. But today I got pulled by a cop cause I was “street racing” I wasn’t paying attention of my speed and I was being dumb. But I was slowing down cause I realized I was going fast then I see the blue lights. I thought I was dead after. But he let me slide with a warning. Friday 13 was lucky for me. Lmao

  9. Just got my mk5 Golf GTI last week, wanted LED reverse bulbs, found ones for $7 yesterday and installed them, had problems this morning :))

  10. Biggest mistake owning a euro is thinking a 93 E36 would make a good daily driver. Spent sooo much on oil and coolant just topping it off. My mechanic would tell me “your car leaks so much, it’s about to die”. I obviously ignored and continued along my Mary way!
    Finally sold it and got a b6 Passat wagon. Again, plagued with oil leaks but man is it fun to drive and it looks cool! Way better than my Chevy

  11. My 2010 c300 with repairs and maintenance cost more then my 2011 e63…I made some mistakes buying the first car but it’s also important to understand that the cool cars are actually often better maintained because people actually care about them. The cheaper are never cheaper….quality is worth every penny when buying

  12. BMW E30 with an M20 for the win! Maintain it properly and it will last forever, it also helps if you know how to turn a wrench and do the work yourself.

  13. excuse me but my volvo from the 60s is reliable and i got it for basically $1000, and it tops out at ~30km/h. i think that checks all 3 boxes.

  14. Cheap Fast Reliable oh okay let me pick 2 that relate to my euro “hmmm okay which 2 apply… oh wait none I got an e30” * Rage quits car life *

  15. Dude, I love this channel, but this video is not entirely accurate.. I wouldn't say that Euro cars are problematic in general, because that's not true, the only problem they have is that they differ ALOT from model to model, year to year, engine to engine. For example you could have two cars, they are exactly the same, but one is 2000 and the other one is 2001, the 2000 is bulletproof while the 2001 breaks down every 5000km. How? That's just a Euro thing, don't ask. Most of the times it's because the cars vary in some way.
    Another big difference in Euro cars is that they need their maintenance, do your maintenance to the right car and it will run forever, neglect your maintenance and it will give you a REAL bad time.
    The last difference in Euro cars is that their reliability depends on their trim levels horrendously, sometimes you can buy a car with a trim level that gives you trouble, sometimes not having a one does that. But seriously, Euro cars are nowhere near to beeing inferior to Japanese or American cars in any way, it all comes to your preferences.

  16. Rookie mistake: seeing modded JDMs and thinking that your golf R will be even louder than them after you modded yours…

  17. I would say, buying a Euro car and them go to the auropart and buy the cheapes parts, i work for advance auto and guys and gals with BWM 5 series or X series goes there and "i want to buy brakes, the cheapes one" they should get some kind of honda or toyota something more reliable for their pockets : /

  18. Biggest mistake. Taking your 100k mile GTI and throwing the pOp AnD bUrBlE tUnE on it and thinking you're going to go fast. Been there. Done that. Regret everything.

  19. Bought e92 N54 at 120kms, currently at 140kms. 2 years later, turbos, fuel pump, coils, injectors, valve cover, vanos, solenoids, lines, gaskets, mods, my soul, my dignity. But eh, she rips LOL

  20. Biggest mistake of owning a euro car:

    Not having the “special” tools for certain jobs and not being able to take it to just any mechanic. Looks like you’re going to the stealership 👀

  21. It's kinda funny watching this video from EU and listening to your talk about euro cars while you only showing german cars and 3/4 of them are Mk3, Mk4 golf which are considered here as cheap shitboxes. 😀 and in the end at least here in Poland when you go to car meet 90% of cars are rusted e36 and e46 bought just for winter drifting aka hitting lamps at supermarket parkings xD

  22. My mistake is keeping my E36 long enough to the point where I feel like I need to own one of each BMW idk how it happened I just woke up one day and needed everything

  23. Completely modifying it past the point of drivability. Be nice to em, take time with em, learn about them maybe take em out to dinner…..

    Before you fukkem 😭

  24. MK7 GTi Performance Package as a daily. E90 M3 LCi for weekend. 1988 R107 MB with euro conversion for Sunday cruises with wife. Owned Euros my whole love.

  25. Rookie mistake of owning a euro car. Selling the first because it kept breaking down and sucked (2001 1.8t git). Buying a second (2002 V6 passat). Selling it because it sucked. Buying a third (2003 2.8 vr6 gti). Selling it because it sucked. Waiting two years and buying a fourth (2004 R32). At least each has been an "upgrade" to the car and an upgrade to my maintenance spending bracket….. I'll learn someday (and hopefully still own the .:R)

  26. My rookie mistake… buying a b5 1.8 a4 and thinking that I could dump fun parts into it right away. 2 years later im still chasing issues. But i love it anyway.

  27. Love grabbing groceries in my 07 Audi A4 and an axle breaks and the dealership that just worked on that tire says "lol sorry we missed that, here's a voucher for $300 in labor" I still love my car

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