Yeah, I was glad to see this Sentra has a timing chain instead of belt; a belt replacement would be a significant additional expense.
I really haven’t made up my mind to repair; I do want to get all the data possible though.
Originally I thought that since the car was so well-maintained and low-mileage, that of course I’d repair it. But I’ve learned that some systems/parts/components can degrade with time regardless of mileage/driving stress—like rust and dried seals.
But sure, my bias is in favor of repair, mainly because there’s no way I could buy a low-mileage car this good for $1,000-$1,500. But if the probabilities are against me, I’ll dump it.
“There’s no reason why this car cannot be made safe and reliable, and the passage of time does not harm the machinery if the car is kept in a dark, dry garage. I resurrect Honda scooters from the 80’s that often have not been used for 10 or more years, mostly garaged but sometimes outside in dry Northern California, and they respond to the kinds of servicing mentioned here.”
–Thanks for this info—encouraging.
And I’m not the only cheapskate around here–from:
If you accept the notion that cars are a reflection of the people who drive them, what do the Magliozzis drive? In 1995, Ray drove an '87 Dodge Colt Vista, and Tom had a '63 black Dodge Dart convertible.
“None of his family members will ride in the car,” said Ray, of his brother’s convertible. “The only one that’ll ride with him is the dog, and he has to tie a pork chop around his neck to get the dog to get into the car with him.”
Although Tom test drives all the sleekest new models, he said he’d rather drive his $2,000 Dart.
“A 500 SL Mercedes, it’d cost you $92,000. Now can that possibly be $90,000 better than this? This is good enough,” said Tom. “It doesn’t burn any oil. Not a drop. … It’s a friend. I would say a close friend.”
“It’s like the black sheep of the family,” added Ray.