1998 Nissan Sentra A/C compressor problem

Tiny
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  • 1998 NISSAN SENTRA
  • 200,000 MILES
I'm planning to buy a nissan sentra gxe 1998 model for 1400$ which ran for 200k miles. The owner told me that the car needs a A/c compressor change. I just wanted to know how much it costs. And I also wanted to know how much it costs to replace oil pan gasket.
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Saturday, June 15th, 2013 AT 7:02 PM

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Tiny
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We don't get involved with costs here because there's way too many variables. Besides, if those were the only things that were needed, the owner would have done them before putting the car up for sale. You can assume the air conditioning system will need additional repairs before it will pay to recharge it.

As for the oil leak, you can inquire at some local repair shops or the seller may let you take the car there for an estimate. They're going to need to know the engine size.
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Saturday, June 15th, 2013 AT 9:12 PM
Tiny
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First of all thank you for the valuable info. I have another question. Is it really worth buying that car. I just need that car for 1 year.
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Saturday, June 15th, 2013 AT 9:24 PM
Tiny
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A Nissan wouldn't be my first choice but there are some car brands I will never own and that's not one of them. 200,000 miles doesn't bother me. You could have two identical cars with that many miles and one will have all kinds of problems and one will have nothing wrong with it. My daily driver has 403,000 miles and is only going to quit because of excessive rust, ... Some day.

At that mileage you can expect some common repairs that can be somewhat expensive but overall should cost less than monthly car payments for a new car. Some people aren't bothered by a $1400.00 repair bill on a $30,000.00 car, but if that same repair is needed on a $1400.00 car they get upset and excited. The concern is as the age and mileage of the car goes up, the repair costs go up too, but the value goes down. To me that value has nothing to do with evaluating whether the repair estimate is a good value or not. The value of the car is only important if you're planning on selling it.

I also like the age of the car. I've bought new cars before but I never will again due to all the ridiculous use of unnecessary computers and the need to have them programmed to the specific car. I know no anti-theft system is going to malfunction and prevent me from using my own car. All my minivan has is an Engine Computer that has never failed. I have power windows, power locks, automatic transmission, air conditioning, power steering, a sliding side door, lots of interior lights, and power seats. None of those things need a computer to function but expensive, unreliable computers are used with every one of those systems on newer cars. What possible reason would I have for wanting to own a car that is so unnecessarily complicated?
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Saturday, June 15th, 2013 AT 9:48 PM

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