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Old 08 Jul 2017, 08:36 am
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Default $1650 repair - is it worth it?

Just ran into a huge problem with my cruiser. But First:

I just bought an engagement ring. Wedding bells in the future.
I have a monthly budget of $85 now.
My future wife just graduated. Huzzah. Now the job hunting begins. She still a waitress tho.

Now the car details:


2007 Pt Touring Edition Signature Series. 86k miles.
Rough weather, never stored in garage. Always exposed to the elements.

Monthly average for fixing so far $100

Last month I had to buy a new battery. Two months ago it was a new tire. Life expectancy of the other three tires is 2 years on two, 4 years on one.

Air conditioning still needs to be fixed (Expected Bill $1000)

Drivers window motor ($70, $200 if I have it done by a guy)

Fix tires so they stop leaking air ($ unknown)

Now the new problem:
Suspension needs to be fixed ($550)
Coolant leaking into the water Pump ($700 [6 hours of labor])

Now I think the smart thing to do is:

A) Fix the cruiser, pay the money. I have savings. Wasn't planning on using it for the car. It's gonna be most of my remaining savings.
However, with just 86K miles on it, it already has a lot of problems. Am I just gonna run into more problems in the future? Not even 100-120k on it and I'm already looking at getting the timing belt and water pump replaced, and the suspension I'm really surprised needs to be fixed. But I'm thinking If I can expect no major $1000 bills in the future I could just pay for the repairs and Live happy, and worry about buying another vehicle in the future after I'm married.

B) Trade in the cruiser. I know my sister got a good trade in with hers and it was older, and way more problems, to get a Ford Focus 2016 (now she's looking at getting rid of it because she gets stuck in the snow too much lol). But I know it depends on the dealership and how hard they are up for a sale.
Not sure what I would even be looking at for a new vehicle, but something in the 2016-2017 range that wouldn't give me any problems for a few years.
I do not like this option because it drops my budget into the red every month, and my gf would have to help pay it off. Not trying to cause her more hardship, but this seems like the more logical option.

Obviously I don't wanna get rid of the cruise.

But let me know your thoughts and ideas. You guys are very knowledgeable and helpful!
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 09:34 am
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Default Re: $1650 repair - is it worth it?

If you replace the water pump it would be stupid not to also do the timing belt & crank seal...either way it's gonna be over a $1000 unless you do it yourself.
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 09:37 am
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Default Re: $1650 repair - is it worth it?

Only you can make the call if you can afford to make do the needed repairs.
If you are on the strict a budget than you need to evaluate the list from a stand point of safety, practicality (if it rains you want the windows up) and necessity.

I would like to see a written service estimate that the shop did.

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Now the car details:


2007 Pt Touring Edition Signature Series. 86k miles.
Rough weather, never stored in garage. Always exposed to the elements. What does this mean. So is mine not really any way to judge the condition of any car if it is still cared for?

Monthly average for fixing so far $100

Last month I had to buy a new battery. Two months ago it was a new tire. Life expectancy of the other three tires is 2 years on two, 4 years on one. DEPENDS NEED MORE INFORMATION AND PICTURES

Air conditioning still needs to be fixed (Expected Bill $1000) NOT NEEDED NOW

Drivers window motor ($70, $200 if I have it done by a guy) IF UP NOT NEEDED NOW

Fix tires so they stop leaking air ($ unknown) PRIORITY

Now the new problem:
Suspension needs to be fixed ($550) DEPENDS MORE DETAILS NEEDED
Coolant leaking into the water Pump ($700 [6 hours[/B] of labor]) TOP PRIORITY
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 11:47 am
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Air conditioning still needs to be fixed (Expected Bill $1000) NOT NEEDED NOW

Drivers window motor ($70, $200 if I have it done by a guy) IF UP NOT NEEDED NOW
surely one of these is needed
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 12:11 pm
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Default Re: $1650 repair - is it worth it?

Only fix the issues that are a priority and save up to make the other repairs.

If possible do the repair work yourself, most repairs can be done with a basic set of tools and you can rent more specialized tools as needed from your local auto parts store. There are many good videos available on how to fix just about everything. You will have a huge savings doing the work yourself. I looked at my service record and here are some of the parts cost for timing belt kit and suspension parts. These were all bought from Amazon which also saved money as it was cheaper through Amazon than what I could get at the parts store

Timing belt kit $112.78
Front Struts $149.34
Rear Shocks $58.36
Tie rod ends $59.56

Rear Suspension:
Watts Link $31.78
Lateral arms $96.40
Sway bar links $19.77

Total $527.99

If you could put aside a little every month you could do repairs in stages.

From what I see with the budget you have you're not in the position to purchase a new (newer) vehicle.

The allure of getting a good trade value for an old car is simply a numbers game. Even if they can show you a good trade value your Cruiser the monthly payment will still around 200.00 per month which is over your monthly budget of 85.00. If you don't already have full coverage your insurance cost will also increase as full coverage would be required when financing a vehicle.
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Air conditioning still needs to be fixed (Expected Bill $1000) NOT NEEDED NOW

Drivers window motor ($70, $200 if I have it done by a guy) IF UP NOT NEEDED NOW
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surely one of these is needed
Unless the member is located in Canada?
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 12:59 pm
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sell it and buy a used reliable japanese or korean car.

are you sure you really want to get married ? thats a very bad financial choice. marriage has no advantage for men in modern times. feminism makes marriage impossible. the state favors the women 100% of the time, you will lose everything if she decides to take advantage.
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 01:28 pm
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Unless the member is located in Canada?
lol actually you would be surprised... I'm in Manitoba and we can see -50 in the winter and +45 in the summer and right now it's 31. Our summers are not that long but they do get bloody hot! lol
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 09:07 pm
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I would like to see a written service estimate that the shop did.
Well the guy looked at it for free, and generally the service guys around these parts (Milwaukee) don't give a statement when they look for free, if I remember correctly the last time I asked for one the guy flew off the handle. I don't think they wanna be held to that agreeable document incase it ends up costing more. But again, it's a reliable mechanic that I've used before and a few of my friends have as well. What he described had to be done sounded accurate to what I thought had to be done plus the amount of work to get to the water pump was accurate to my memory.
Either way, labor is killer.

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Air conditioning still needs to be fixed (Expected Bill $1000) NOT NEEDED NOW

Drivers window motor ($70, $200 if I have it done by a guy) IF UP NOT NEEDED NOW
surely one of these is needed
Im in milwaukee, and the window is luckily stuck up! So no leaks!
The Air conditioning I've only needed a few days, and it's been mostly 65f on the daily average for my commuting hours. So not needed right now is right!

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If you could put aside a little every month you could do repairs in stages.
I might end up doing this. I don't know how much in repairs for actual parts I need but 500 seems high, it's probably less. Obviously I'd have to store it all in the garage and work on it for a few days to figure it all out. But I'm not mechanically inclined. I'm more of a minor fixer.
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 10:07 pm
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If you're not mechanically inclined, you sure as hell don't want to get into the water pump/timing belt. That's a royal pain in the ass even for experienced mechanics. Here where I live, the going rate for that alone is $1,500.
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