As my 2001 Chevy Prizm and I prepare to enter our sixth year together, I'm forced to confront the fact that, to be honest, my car has a lot of problems that, added up, might cost more to fix than it's worth.
<br/> 1. Oil consumption, which for years hovered around 1 quart every other full tank of gas, has recently shot up to two quarts after *every* tank of gas. My mechanic said that it's a sign that my car is getting old and tired. I've only got 124,000 miles-- is this normal?
<br/> 2. My exhaust system needs to be replaced, and sooner rather than later.
<br/> 3. My windshield has lately developed a large crack right down the center, and will need to be replaced.
<br/> I really like my car, but also have a daily commute and need something reliable. I'd appreciate any input on this matter.