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Old 11-10-2010, 01:06 AM   #1
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Both our cars are 11-12 years old, so no big complaints. But these things are needing repairs all the friggen time.

About a month ago my wifes keyless entry module break. So I pull it out and fix it. Then my truck throws a check engine. I read the code, track it down to a flow sensor for the EGR, and replace. Then my wife car has a check engine. A couple nights of diagnostic and I track down that a vent solenoid wires are pulled off....go to the junk yard, get a new harness, and solder it on. All is good. Then a couple nights ago her headlight went out. Replace those. Now today I drive home and my voltage tanks above 3k RPM; I just spent the last hour replacing the alternator.

Hopefully they keep going for a week or so.

 
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:22 AM   #2
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Yeah, I know not everyone can afford it, but if you buy the right car new, it's actually cheaper to buy a new car than own an old one that constantly needs repairs.

Good luck, I've got 2 vehicles that are over thirty years old myself.
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:29 AM   #3
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Sounds like you are pretty handy on the fixes. That's a plus, saving some dough.
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:45 AM   #4
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Sounds like you are pretty handy on the fixes. That's a plus, saving some dough.
yeah, look at the bright side. someone like me would be forking over fist-fulls of cash to get those things fixed. a mechanic somewhere would be making some serious dough.

 
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:59 AM   #5
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Yeah, I know not everyone can afford it, but if you buy the right car new, it's actually cheaper to buy a new car than own an old one that constantly needs repairs.

Good luck, I've got 2 vehicles that are over thirty years old myself.
They've been rock solid for a long time. I've actually got a huge spreadsheet that I made comparing current cost, new car, and used car. estimated repairs, depreciation, interest, insurance, way too much info. In the end we are sticking with these unless they have a lot more problems. In the mean time we've been saving for a new car. Hopefully we can go a couple more years and pay cash.

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Old 11-10-2010, 02:01 AM   #6
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Very true on saving money DIY...I have only spent about $250 for all these problems. And $170 of that was tonight on the alternator. I just want a few weeks off though....

 
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:00 PM   #7
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All minor stuff so far, hang in there. I'm so tired of car payments. My wife drives a 2000 Chevy Malibu with 209,000 so far 1 intake gasket and a water pump. I drive a 2005 GMC Sierra with 280,000, so far nothing but tires and oil. I'm gonna rid them till they drop. That extra $460 a month buys a lotta nice brewing stuff.

 
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:33 PM   #8
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Sounds like my Jeep. I drive it and by the time it's home there is a new problem.
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:31 AM   #9
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yeah, look at the bright side. someone like me would be forking over fist-fulls of cash to get those things fixed. a mechanic somewhere would be making some serious dough.
I wish I were that mechanic! Instead I get paid on the low end of the scale and my shop owner makes the serious dough. Taking a guess here RDWHAHB, you drive a Ford pickup and she drives a GM...maybe a Grand Am/Prix?
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:56 PM   #10
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Sounds like my Jeep. I drive it and by the time it's home there is a new problem.
Are you sure it's not WHERE you're driving it that causes the problem??

My 99 Cherokee has been pretty solid so far. My friend's 96 has over 300,000 on it and it's still going (but looking pretty tired). He gave it to his parents a couple of years ago when it reached 300,000.

 
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