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When to bail on an old car

Postby MrBreeze » Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:49 pm

Ok, let's get some opinions. My daily driver is a 2007 Hyundai Tucson. Only thing special about it is that it's a rare 5 speed. It just hit 180,000 miles last week. It probably needs around $2500 worth of work. It runs well and I have it set up the way I want it. For a plain suv, I really like it. Would you invest that kind of money knowing it could blow up at any moment due to age or dump it? I do not intend on buying a brand new replacement as this is a work truck and takes a beating.

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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Glenn » Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:01 am

I asked that question with every car.

My 1984 Honda had 240,000 miles and needed a head gasket. Everything else worked so I had it done. Then 3 weeks later it got t-boned so it was time.

My 1999 Honda had 260,000 miles and the tranny went, so it was time.

My 2001 Civic has 266,000 and the head gasket went for the 2nd time, so it went.

So... if you feel that after $2500 it can still drop dead, get rid of it. But if you think you can get 1 year or two then do it.

BTW, Subaru has 0% on some models.
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Glenn » Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:39 am

Here's another thought...

Is it worth anything as is?

If you put $2500 into it is it worth more than $2500 additional?

Can you afford another car?

A 2021 Subaru Impreza 5 door with automatic is $21,500 with 0% for 63 months, that's $350/month. Ask Ed, he has one, so does Toby and I have a 4 door. Toby says is larger inside than his Forester.
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Tom » Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:15 pm

Tundra .
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Glenn » Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:22 pm

Tom wrote:Tundra .

What's that gonna cost him with the number of miles he drives?

My Impreza gets as much as 38mpg.
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby B MAN » Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:02 pm

if it’s been good to u for all these years & miles but now needs some TLC, it’s not a waste

if you’re ready for something else, kiss her on the forehead n say goodbye
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Tom » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:41 pm

Glenn wrote:My Impreza gets as much as 38mpg.


Can it pull my trailer onto the beach ?
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Glenn » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:27 pm

Tom wrote:
Glenn wrote:My Impreza gets as much as 38mpg.


Can it pull my trailer onto the beach ?

Can it go 150 miles on $10 worth of gas?
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby BusBq Bill » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:38 pm

Buy a tundra
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Glenn » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:57 pm

BusBq Bill wrote:Buy a tundra

22mpg highway
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby BusBq Bill » Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:25 pm

Glenn you need to fact check the monroney sticker on a tundra ! Lol
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Glenn » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:52 pm

BusBq Bill wrote:Glenn you need to fact check the monroney sticker on a tundra ! Lol

You're right, I was looking at the Tacoma.

Tundra is 17mpg highway.

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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby MrBreeze » Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:04 am

I don't need something that big. And Glenn is right, with the amount of miles I drive every year, gas mileage would help.

I think I'm gonna do some of the work now and if it survives the winter, do the rest
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Raj » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:18 am

MrBreeze wrote:Ok, let's get some opinions. My daily driver is a 2007 Hyundai Tucson. Only thing special about it is that it's a rare 5 speed. It just hit 180,000 miles last week. It probably needs around $2500 worth of work. It runs well and I have it set up the way I want it. For a plain suv, I really like it. Would you invest that kind of money knowing it could blow up at any moment due to age or dump it? I do not intend on buying a brand new replacement as this is a work truck and takes a beating.

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What is in the $2500? I ask bc if it is $1k for brakes.... I call BS. I have a similar situation with my beater 04 Sentra.

I have few levels of whats ' needed' in car?
run and drive? Safety? Pass inspection?

The short version.... only give it what it needs and do what you can yourself to save yourself the cash.
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby MrBreeze » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:57 pm

Raj wrote:What is in the $2500? I ask bc if it is $1k for brakes.... I call BS. I have a similar situation with my beater 04 Sentra.

I have few levels of whats ' needed' in car?
run and drive? Safety? Pass inspection?

The short version.... only give it what it needs and do what you can yourself to save yourself the cash.


Power steering pump
Exhaust
Clutch
Timing Belt
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Glenn » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:32 pm

Rob, get this:

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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby BusBq Bill » Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:28 pm

Glenn Saw that on barret last year. Pretty cool prob 17 mpg too but way cooler than tundra . Rob I was just kidding about tundra. It's comfy and huge and a gas hog unnecessary. It produces 3 times the nox and c02 and more than twice the fuel but it's ok according to epa. A small 50mpg diesel vw sportwagon is why the earth is going to crumble from pollution apparently. So I went with the epa thinks good a tundra. Lol
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Raj » Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:19 pm

MrBreeze wrote:
Raj wrote:What is in the $2500? I ask bc if it is $1k for brakes.... I call BS. I have a similar situation with my beater 04 Sentra.

I have few levels of whats ' needed' in car?
run and drive? Safety? Pass inspection?

The short version.... only give it what it needs and do what you can yourself to save yourself the cash.


Power steering pump
Exhaust
Clutch
Timing Belt


Clutch and belt are on the bigger side of the jobs. Although doable at home, I dont think you want to do the belt or clutch. I'll ask my buddy who is a mechanic, if he wants to do a side job for you, but truth is... like all us old guys... time is more precious than money these days.
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby Tom » Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:53 pm

BusBq Bill wrote:Glenn Saw that on barret last year. Pretty cool prob 17 mpg too but way cooler than tundra . Rob I was just kidding about tundra. It's comfy and huge and a gas hog unnecessary. It produces 3 times the nox and c02 and more than twice the fuel but it's ok according to epa. A small 50mpg diesel vw sportwagon is why the earth is going to crumble from pollution apparently. So I went with the epa thinks good a tundra. Lol


I was just yanking your chain (and Glenn's) too. I was excited about the 22 mpg Glenn was talking about and then Bill killed my buzz. That's a lot of work that needs to be done and i don't think the price is that far out of line. Having said that it's probably better to stay with the devil you know if you aren't going to buy something new.
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby BusBq Bill » Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:50 pm

Fix the car. Still cheaper than a new car and at least you know what you have. A new old car will be a new can of worms.
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Re: When to bail on an old car

Postby MrBreeze » Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:41 pm

Probably the plan for now
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