I have a 1999 Ford Taurus. It’s been a great family car but recently it’s developed some gremlins. My father-in-law and I rebuilt the engine due to a bad oil pump shaft but there are a few remaining issues:
• Heater doesn’t work. Heater core is good, radiator is fine. I think it is the vacuum actuators for the heater doors.
• Speedometer doesn’t work. Probably the sensor.
• Shifting is off. Could be it needs a service, could be it doesn’t know how fast it is going.
• Creaky steering. We replaced both front struts but it makes this creaking sound.
Bonus problem: it stinks. It sat for a while and developed that moldy, BO smell. Not the good gas, exhaust, vinyl mold smell that old cars have.
Here are my options:
A. Sell it. I’d probably get about $500-1000.
B. Donate it. Nice tax break.
C. Fix it. I usually do all the work myself, but these problems are a little too tedious and involved.
What should I do?