Well, it is hard to give such advice without being there, knowing you, your circumstances etc. So please understand that the advice I am going to give is if you were my wife or daughter, sitting here in the driveway.
As for fixing it. If the car is in as good of shape as you say, then yes get it fixed. The problem I feel right now is that you may be taken advantage of. You feel the car is worthless; I come to you offering you maybe $1500 to take this problem off your hands. You seem sad but feel, well; at least I got something for it. I bring it home, change the head gasket; it costs me $1100 in parts. So far I have spent $2600 for the car; I sell it for at least $6000, I made $3400 off of your misfortune. I have heard of folks selling their car extremely cheap for an oil leak that could be fixed for a $12.00 part. So maybe a little dialog.
Would I fix it, I think you see by the above I would. Is it the beginning of problems? Any car you get can be that. You seem to take care of the vehicle, many don't. Head gaskets blow. If the engine ever got a little too hot, the heads warp a little, it goes. The gasket may have had a slight tear on installation and finally broke loose. My friend drove a brand new SUV, took it back to the dealer about 8 times, they ended up changing the entire engine. Had to bring it back to the dealer several more times. Was able to invoke the lemon law and got a different vehicle.
Again, the beginning of problems. Brakes, rotors, batteries, these things are normal wear. Different parts may go out but then again, you may be able to drive it 100000 miles with no problem. But again, that is any car. So you have to go by what you see, think and feel.
So, would you be able to do it yourself? Are you with family or friends that could or could help? Maybe a little more info on your circumstance could provide other things.
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Good luck and I hope this helps.
Sunday, October 19th, 2008 AT 12:49 AM