I still have my 97 Grand Prix which was my first car 9 years ago. 2 years ago I purchased my dream car (exotic supercars not included), a 2005 GTO.
I’ve been keeping the Grand prix as a winter driver, while the GTO sits in the garage all winter. My GTO is free of rust and low mileage, and I’d like to keep it that way. It also has summer-only tires on it.
I’ve fixed or replaced everything under the sun on my Grand Prix, Suspension, brakes, even dropped in a new engine and transmission. And I know the car inside and out, and every single problem with it. Recently, the forward drive band stopped engaging and the car won’t move in d, or 3. The band is an $8 part, but it’s the second to last piece you pull out in a full rebuild. Of course this happens right as winter is setting in, not during the summer when I could take my time in making a decision.
As it sits right now, I could outright sell the car for maybe $500, rust is everywhere, and there are tons of little problems everywhere, the car has 180,000 miles on it, and the engine/trans have 150,000. I could part out the aftermarket suspension, exhaust, wheels and tires for far more, but it would take a long time to sell everything and then I don’t know how I would dispose of a car with no wheels.
A friend has a transmission he would sell me for $150, I just need to swap the differential between the two (not too hard of a feat). I’m tempted to go this route, as I could accomplish this in a weekend. My only holdback is that I still have a car with weird intermittent electrical issues, waterlogged floorboards (due to rust everywhere and leaks), and a close to failure power steering pump.
I just need a vehicle to get me through the winter, If I parted it out, I could possibly buy something cheap for $500 or so, but I feel I’m opening myself up to a whole world of unknown issues on a car I’m not familiar with anymore. If I replace the trans, I could maybe sell it for more in running condition when the winter is over, but I’m still stuck with a car with all the issues above.
I’m torn pretty much 50/50 between the two options. I wanted to post here as all the enthusiast forms unanimously conclude I should replace the trans. I was wondering if someone had a less biased opinion.