I have a 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager. I have owned it 6-7 years. It has been very reliable, runs well, and has always been in great working condition.
Last year, we got rear-ended. No damage required repair (no broken lights or glass). The hatch was caved in a bit, but other than cosmetic issues I’ve left it alone. The only down side is I haven’t used the back hatch since, as I’m unsure whether it would latch again after opening it! I only mention this to let you know its condition. Other than a caved in rear “door”, the van is in good shape.
I took it in for a 30-pt inspection with a mechanic I trust. It currently needs $580 in brakes and $150 in rear coolant lines. Other than that, he sees 2 or 3 minor issues that will need addressing eventually, totaling $500 or so.
So here’s my question:
The total repairs, both current and predicted, are equal or greater to the value of the van. Do I have the brakes done or scrap it? I’m tempted to have them done and keep the thing as long as I can. I’m not likely to buy a replacement for similar money that is in similar condition. I have no pride when it comes to appearance. I just want a trustworthy vehicle.
How long is this van likely to live? If I put $730 into a car with ±120,000 miles is that a wise investment at this point, or am I being stupid?