I have a 1998 Honda Accord, manual transmission, 172,000 miles. It runs great. I replaced the clutch at 130,000 and it passed inspection this past June.
There is a leak in the fuel system that is causing gasoline vapors to come out. The smell is very strong outside the car. Inside it’s much fainter - possibly only there at all because it comes in from outside when I open and close the door.
My mechanic says there is no leak visible without starting to take things apart. To fix it, they would need to remove the fuel tank, which itself is a long procedure and involves removing rear axles and other parts. Best case, assuming just some hoses need replacing, is around $500. Worst case is that the fuel pump or tank or both need replacing which could get the cost up to $1,750.
I’m reluctant to put this much money into such an old car. On the other hand it runs extremely well, and any replacement alternative will be more expensive. I believe the mechanic to be competent and trustworthy. Questions :
- Do you agree with the mechanic’s assessment?
- Is it worth putting this much money into such a car? How much longer can it possibly last?