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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 11:07 pm
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I need to know the biggest car repair bill you've ever taken on and paid


And is there a 'rule of thumb' in terms of 'when it isn't worth it.

For example, if your car is worth $1500 and it will cost $2000 to fix and it doesn't increase the value of the car - then it isn't worth it.

However, I dumped $1500 (twice in a year) into an Elantra that wasn't worth that much BUT I was just a few months away from paying it off completely and I was hoping to get another year out of it (with no car payment) - if I had to do it all over again, I dunno, I was on the fence it was a tough choice to sink money into it because of the possibility of having a car without a car payment.

And the most miles you've put on a car. My Elantra had 150,000 at the end.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 30th, 2020 11:23 pm
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1992 Corvette. Needed a new distributor called an Opti-spark. Works great when working. Just can't get it wet. Unfortunately they placed the water pump right on top of the
Opti. Of course the pump eventually leaked messing it up. Had to change out both. Had mechanic replace opti with one that doesn't fail when it got wet. total was about 4,000.00
Car cost me 8600.00. Was a great deal until I needed the repairs.

1984 Chevy Blazer I bought new for 14,000.00 Every door broke on me. Passenger door, driver side door, and read hatch door all broke. Finally fixed them all then sold it. A month later the new owner totaled it. Thing was posessed by the devil.



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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 01:28 am
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$2700 for a new transmission for a Mustang I had in the 90s. Wrecked it 6 weeks later.



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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 03:05 am
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Benlen wrote: 1992 Corvette. Needed a new distributor called an Opti-spark. Works great when working. Just can't get it wet. Unfortunately they placed the water pump right on top of the
Opti. Of course the pump eventually leaked messing it up. Had to change out both. Had mechanic replace opti with one that doesn't fail when it got wet. total was about 4,000.00
Car cost me 8600.00. Was a great deal until I needed the repairs.

1984 Chevy Blazer I bought new for 14,000.00 Every door broke on me. Passenger door, driver side door, and read hatch door all broke. Finally fixed them all then sold it. A month later the new owner totaled it. Thing was posessed by the devil.
Wow Benlen. I knew you are cool but I didn't know you were that cool. The 1992 Corvette and the 1984 Blazer are two of my all time favorites. I wish they would of worked out better for you though.

I grew up in a gearhead family, so I either do my own car repairs or know someone who can help me for cheap. Basically for beer. Unfortunately, 90% of mechanics are scammers and/or just shitty mechanics.


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My Honda Odyssey had the anti theft system in it, and that meant that when the ignition switch shit the bed the new keys had to be tuned in to the new switch, cost me over $800

That same Honda had the transmission decide to go out with 285,000 miles on it, not counting towed miles the wheels on it turned well over 400K miles

I also had a 93 Chevy Blazer that shit the bed when it had 297,000 and change, I remember because it was 3k from 300,000



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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 03:23 am
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katook wrote: My Honda Odyssey had the anti theft system in it, and that meant that when the ignition switch shit the bed the new keys had to be tuned in to the new switch, cost me over $800

That same Honda had the transmission decide to go out with 285,000 miles on it, not counting towed miles the wheels on it turned well over 400K miles

I also had a 93 Chevy Blazer that shit the bed when it had 297,000 and change, I remember because it was 3k from 300,000
To get 297,000 miles out of a 1993 Blazer, that's not too bad. Especially if it was a 4×4?



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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 11:37 am
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My 2010 Malibu has very low mileage, about 60,000, and is completely paid off. I have a quote from Belle Tire that I need to have suspension and front tire bar repairs that will cost about $1400.

It's more than the car is worth, I think, and my thoughts are, since I am heading into retirement, if I do the repairs and I get another year out of my Malibu, then I will do it. At this point I have just taken the quote "under advisement". I do not drive very much at all, even when I was working!

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 Posted: Sat Aug 1st, 2020 03:19 am
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Heenan Fan that Blazer was 4 wheel drive. If I recall correctly that year they switched fuel tanks and fuel pumps mid year as well because I had to get one from the U Pull it and they had 2 completely different set ups.Mine was identical to the S-10 pickup trucks.I liked that vehicle, but it shit the bed on me in Crawfordsville, Indiana one day and was too expensive to fix.



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 Posted: Sat Aug 1st, 2020 04:55 am
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chrob61 wrote: My 2010 Malibu has very low mileage, about 60,000, and is completely paid off. I have a quote from Belle Tire that I need to have suspension and front tire bar repairs that will cost about $1400.

It's more than the car is worth, I think, and my thoughts are, since I am heading into retirement, if I do the repairs and I get another year out of my Malibu, then I will do it. At this point I have just taken the quote "under advisement". I do not drive very much at all, even when I was working!

If it's only got 60k on it, put the money into the car. I was looking for a different vehicle around February because my truck was running rough and I was weighing whether it was worth it myself. I couldn't find a used truck/suv with under 100k miles, and everything around 8k and above. Used car prices are insane right now. 

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From what I recall, around $1,500 on a Chevy Cruze I just paid almost 8,000 for.I got the dashboard message timing belt need replaced. Also had the water pump and other engine work done that was needed. I didn't even know that model had a timing belt, but now I know to do research, my next car will have a chain.

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I had a 1992 Ford Probe GL, when I got it it had around 75,000 miles on it and I'm thinking by the time I got something different it had 240,000 miles. By then it had a lot of repairs that were needed and I couldn't invest that much money in a car that old

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If it costs more to repair than it is worth, I would say chunk it and get a reliable reasonably priced car and use the repair costs as a down payment if you can't pay it off.



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 Posted: Sun Aug 2nd, 2020 11:31 pm
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I paid around 4K about 6 years ago. At the time I had a 04 F250 with the early production 6.0 that everyone tried to avoid. Truth be told it was a good truck and outside of eating tires and batteries this was the only major bill I had in the 15 years I owned. Back to the bill I had to have the egr cooler replaced, radiator replaced, coolant filter installed and my glow plugs swapped. The coolant filter was interesting to change; I would dump the contents into a gallon ziploc and have .5”-1” of sand every time. Those blocks were cast in sand and they would leech the sand which added to the egr clogging issues.



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