1997 Nissan Sentra Repair or buy another car

Tiny
JOHABYMORALES
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  • 1997 NISSAN SENTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 153,500 MILES
Hi
I have had a Nissan for three years. The only thing I had to replace is the CV axles and the starter twice. This car is very reliable:however, it has it's issues. First, it has a major motor engine leak. The motor totally drains the oil in just 300 miles. I have this repair estimated, $1,500. They said it was the engine seals located behind the timing chain. This part only cost $8. Second, the transmision has a lot of leaks I am guessing is the seals as well. Third the air conditioning works, but if you stop at the red ligth it will stop blowing cool air. Fourth, the car needs paint and in the trunk, rigth where the spare tire goes, it has a rusted hole. My question is, can I do this jobs my self, or it is time to look for another car?
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Friday, July 10th, 2009 AT 1:21 PM

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Tiny
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Well, the shop is probably right about the oil leak.

They seal the front cover to the engine.
The oil pump is part of the front cover and those seals have high oil pressure behind them. And that's about the only place for your to loose all of your oil in 300 miles.

The "book time" is about 12 hours to change the timing chains. Replacing those seals is just about the same thing as replacing the timing chains.
And a complete timing chain kit is about 400 so the price they gave you is reasonable.

Saying that, it is not a difficult job, it's just very time consuming. An average "shade tree" mechanic could probably do this job over a weekend with average hand tools. Do you have any friends with basic mechanical skills that could help you?
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Saturday, July 11th, 2009 AT 7:33 PM
Tiny
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I do not have anybody that could help me, but sounds like a lot of hours to do it my-self.
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Saturday, July 11th, 2009 AT 7:59 PM
Tiny
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Ask around people at work, and your friends to see if they know anyone that does mechanical work at their house in their spare time.
We are called "cut throats" cause we undercut repair shops prices.

You might even post on craig's list. But if you get anyone that response, ask them for references.

Good luck
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Saturday, July 11th, 2009 AT 8:26 PM

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