I have a 2001 Ford Taurus with about 130,000 miles on it and it’s given me nothing but problems since it’s been with me, especially these last two years. In 2012 the cars fuel pump went out and that cost around $800 and then recently in 2013 it gave me a whole list of problems starting in October. First the battery failed (not a major problem got a new one for around $75) then in the same month the starter failed, paid close to $300. Then in November the heater went out, this was a major problem as I live in Iowa and my windows were frosted over and I couldn’t drive it anywhere, this cost me around $400 with some additional repairs. Now in December the transmission decided it to wanted to go out and I haven’t repaired it yet, but I do have some estimates. If the mechanic did all the work it would be around $1300 but if I got a used transmission from and scrapyard (costing around $500 from estimates I got) the mechanic would do it for around $500; so looking at $1000 total there. The question now is, is it worth the repair? I’ve only had this car for about 4 years and it’s given me minor problems from the start (headlights, taillights, tires, deer hitting it, etc.) I didn’t have a choice when I got this car, my previous car (1993 Buick Regal) got scrapped out after a major breakdown, may it rest in pieces, and I needed a new car fast so my family chipped in and found this Ford. I’ve never been a fan of this car and I’m honestly tired of putting more and more money into it.
I’ve got some people telling me just to repair it cause I’m trying to go to school and I don’t need a nice car to go back to school, I would think I would need a reliable car though and this car is far from that; it’s actually part of the reason I failed out of school this year cause I couldn’t make it to classes with it always breaking down. Some tell me I should repair it then sell it, I’m just hesitate about that because it’s had so much put into it already and I don’t feel it’s worth a $1000 repair. It’s also showing signs of a needed new belt again, it screeches and whines when I turn, and at times when I could drive it before it would make a loud THUNK sound from the rear whenever I was slowing down, accelerating or turning and I have no idea what is causing that. I’m curious to know what those of you hear think, should I sell it/scrape it out or try and repair again?
Thanks for your input!