I am having a tough time deciding if I should keep my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo with 202,000 miles (2WD, 6 cylinder, automatic). Body is in decent shape as is the interior; paint is showing the wear of not have a garage its entire life; has new tires and serpentine belt; needs new AC and timing belt ($1000-1300 repair bill?); as of late I only drive about 13,000 miles/year.
My 2 concerns: 1) the car may be getting a bit unsafe with the probability of breaking down on the side of the road (has happened twice in last 6 months); 2) I can only afford to spend about $250/month on a car payment and because of my job I need at least a small SUV.
How do I know when its time to call it quits on my Rodeo (I love the car)? I have scoured the internet for answers to this question without much luck or clarity.
If it is time to part, have any suggestions in terms of leasing, buying new (0% now at Ford, etc…), or used from dealer or individual?
Thanks in advance!!!