How to decide whether to buy another car or keep making repairs?

oil
cadillac
leaks
seville

#1

I’ve had this luxury 2000 Cadillac Seville (my first) for 6 years and I’ve really enjoyed it. The ride is smooth, it purrs like a kitten, and it looks brand new. I’ve kept the maintenance up. The dealer diagnostic shows it needs a Lower Engine Reseal ($2700) and a Front Hub & Wheel Bearing Assy ($1100) . Two other mechanics will do the repairs for $1500 and $900 respectively. I’m really having trouble deciding whether to let it go and get something else, or go ahead with the repairs. I’d hate to have a car note and really can’t afford a new one. I’m 71 and retired so don’t drive a lot. The car has 75,000 miles. I’d like your opinion please!


#2
[i] The dealer diagnostic shows[/i]  

 Why did you have a diagnostic done? Why did you have it at the dealer?  

    Dealers are no better (or worse) than independent mechanics for almost anything you might need done on your car.  They will almost always charge more per hour and often more for parts and supplies.  They also tend to look at repairs a little different than the independent. 

A dealer may well recommend work that strictly may not be needed, but could be connected to the problem or maybe replace a part when a little repair would fix it ALMOST as good a new.  

There is no need to bring your car to the dealer for any service other than service that is going to be paid for by a recall or original warrantee.  During the warranty period be sure to have all required (as listed in the owner's manual) maintenance done and to document all maintenance work.

I suggest that most people would be better off finding a good independent (Not working for a chain) mechanic. 

Note: Never ever use a quick oil change place. They are fast cheap and very very bad.


#3

Are there drivability symptoms? Dealers can always find “problems” that they recommend fixing. I stay away from dealers for this reason. Their repair shops are a bigger source of profits than the new car sales floor.


#4

I agree. Finding a trustworthy independent is like finding gold. If the references are good with the other “mechanics”, repair it. That kind of money for repairs is worth it ($900-1500) if the car has substantial life left, which it should. Say good buy to the dealer.


#5

Did they tell you what a ‘lower engine reseal’ is? Is it to fix oil leaks? If it’s that, and if the leaks are small, you could wait on that. Do you notice leaking oil? How often do you have to put in a quart of oil?