First off thanks for your guys recomendations on the tires durring my last post… As always great advice, which is why I am asking this… WHAT WOULD YOU DO question…
So I have a 1998 Buick Lesabre that just turned 150,000 miles yesterday. I drive it about 25,000 miles a year right now due to a job change about a year ago. She runs great, and I have had no major issues. However with age comes maintenance issues which is what I’m running into. This is what I KNOW the car needs
4 Tires and a front end alignment (would not be shocked if it needed some front end parts as well). It does pass the bounce test, and when I jack it up and pull the top and bottom of the tire and both sides I don’t get any movement… However it’s all original with 150k… so it’s probably time…
The trans for as long as I have owned it has a weak Pressure Control Valve on the trans. This causes the trans to shutter if I hit the gas to hard from a dead stop, or with the car at too much of an incline off idle (in other words when the pressure is low). The part is only $50 or so, but the trans needs to be dropped to get it to it, so I have let it be for the past 40,000 miles and learned to drive the car where it does not happen often (maybe one or twice a week).
The biggest issue it currently has is that the rear main is leaking, and at this point its getting bad (seems to be a qt every 6-800 miles). I do a lot of work from my car, and the smell of oil burning from the exhaust while at idle is starting to get to me. Plus I am worried about it blowing out completely on me one day.
So I figure im looking at about $500 for tires and alignment, called around and Im looking at $600 for the rear main, plus maybe another $80 if I want him to replace the pressure solenoid on the trans while its out.
That’s about $1100 worth of KNOWN repairs, which I fully expect to grow to $1500 if I decided to do everything.
So my question is do I fix it or deal with it… The oil leak in particular, because $600 buys A LOT of oil… However it would be nice to have a car that did not mark its territory all the time. My main question is with the trans, if it was 100% and I thought I could get another 50k+ out of it I would be all in, but I am not sure I can… Still $1500 is much less than a new replacement car, and the devil you know is always better than the devil you don’t. On the other hand the car is only worth $2000-2500 TOPS… Does putting work that equals more than 50% of its value make sense?? However she always starts and since I am just going to beat any car I buy to death due to my job, do I just run this car till it dies. .WHICH could be another 100K ?? I had the oil pan down about 1.5 years ago and its spotless, and I change the ATF at least once a year (pan drop and clean, not flush), front brakes have about 20k on them, already purchased a new radiator to replace the one thats in there as it started leaking on me about a month ago as well, AC blows cold, everything works…
I think you guys see my issues… What are your thoughts??