So I bought a '95 Mazda Protege with 155k miles on it last fall for $600. I was hoping to get a couple years out of it without any significant repairs. I came in a year short.
I took it to the shop last week and was told it needed the rear brakes replaced, the rear struts (mounts and assemblies) replaced, and that it needed a new EGR valve, EGR valve gasket and throttle body gasket.
I think I can do the brakes on my own. Looking around online, I think I can handle the EGR and throttle body gaskets as well. However, the EGR valve is going to cost me over $100. I’m wondering if it’s reasonable to think that if I replace the EGR valve gasket and throttle body gasket, that I could get by for a couple years by thoroughly cleaning the EGR valve itself instead of replacing it. I should note, I only drive 3-5k miles a year as I bike every where I go from March through November.
As for the struts, I’m not sure that is something I can take on myself. What do you all think? I’ve never done any work on cars, but I’m pretty mechanically inclined and decently intelligent.
Lastly, the shop evaluation states that the rear sway bar links are loose. Can these be tightened, or easily replaced by a DIYer? They didn’t put anything in the estimate about the sway bars, just listed them in the inspection.