I’ll try to be brief, I don’t want to bore anybody, I just want some outside opinions on a course of action.
I am not knowledgeable about cars, though I am wishing I were about now. My Suzuki has been in and out of maybe 5 shops in attempts to fix engine codes P0171 (system lean) and P0174 (bank 1 rich). None of them have successfully done so. I tried to take it into a dealer, but I was informed that diagnostic would take several hours (maybe $1000), and that the fix may be another ~$1500-2000, even though I have already replaced many parts related to these codes.
The dealer advised me to give up on the car, as the repairs could easily exceed the value of the car. I don’t really care about that, I just need a reliable car that works (and an end to this headache.) So- my options are these two:
- Repair the car and hope it doesn’t have a major issue again (estimate $2500 to repair). My car has 103000 miles on it and otherwise runs well.
- Buy another car and hope that it is a reliable one. (Estimate spending $5500.) Oh- and trading in my old car ears me about $0.00, unless I include a tax break and a $300 restaurant coupon.
I don’t know how car talk works, but I would appreciate some advice.