Glad you wrote. It is wise to ask advice etc as you are doing. It gives you different perspectives and this is a tough issue.
Sounds like you have a good mechanic ..
The quote is about what I come up with and that isn t counting fluids and some other things ..so hang on to them they are hard to come by.
Now I might suggest for the radiator ..instead of going with the one from the dealer have your mechanic check out this site. I have attached two for your car .he just has to do some measuring to get the correct one ..but they are cheaper.
To be honest Roger ..I could tell you as long as you do the normal maintenance the car should last forever ..but that would be false. It really depends on your driving and how you take care of it and the parts themselves.
I purchased a used car for my daughter ..checked it out. I even ran it over to a buddy that had a fancy machine and went all through it. The car looked great and only had about 78,000 miles on it. I bought it .2000 miles later the head gasket blew ..
We owned a 1997 Galant ES with a 2.4L. We drove it almost 190,000 miles and sold it (for a really cheap price) to our daughter/husband and they drove it and now it has about 250,000. The transmission sounds kind of bad but they just gave it to the youngest daughter/husband to drive.
Now I did do plenty of maintenance but what I call normal. Struts, AC system complete, timing belts etc.
I drive a 1995 Impala SS ..never have touched the engine .completely replaced every single part on the suspension though it has over 200,000 on it.
You could decide to keep it and something goes. You could buy the other car and it has a problem. You just never know.
There have I rode the fence for ya ..
The way I look at it, which everyone has their own way ..when my maintenance costs start to be more than a monthly payment then it is time to go
Now that doesn t count like in your case $800.00. That is about 2 maybe 3 months of a car payment. So .if the car lasted for 6 months until you have to do something else, to me you are still in the green. Plus you know what your car has been through and has had done to it .the other you don t.
Me in the current times I would fix my car and start making a car payment to myself ..say $450 a month. You said you would have to borrow so to me it is the same thing. The only difference is you are putting money aside for when it does stop. In one year you will have $5400 dollars. You are almost at the $7000 you were going to borrow. In 4 more months you will have the cash to pay for the car. You know if you borrow it will cost you a lot more than the $7000 and, it will be over about 24 months or so? Here you have the cash in 16 months.
So my friend .to me ..if it were me and I knew the condition of the vehicle (you can t know the unknown, ie blown head gaskets etc) then I would fix the car and take care of it and make car payments to myself. Who knows, let s say the car lasts 2 years .you will have $10,800 in cash to put on an even nicer car plus trade or sell that one.
I can t tell if it will last, nobody can ..but I hope the above helps.
I did attach some scheduled maintenance below that should be done to the car though.
Now at 60,000 miles you were to replace the timing belt, spark plugs, ignition cables/wires.
Every 15K the plugs are to be replaced.
Then I show again the timing belt at 100K needs replaced.
At 120K, you were to replace the timing belt, spark plugs, ignition cables/wires.
Well, I hope the above helps .if you would like another moderators opinion, I will be glad to have one of our great folks give you their input
Would you like that? Just let me know.
Saturday, April 4th, 2009 AT 9:03 PM