Hello fellow Car Talk fans!
Pleased to make your acquaintance and to learn about this community - seems like a great resource. Perhaps some of you will be able to help me with the little pickle I’m in. My 4-door 1996 Honda Accord LX (w/ sunroof and car phone!) has less than 140K miles on it, but now needs a new water pump, timing belt and most importantly, head gasket - and the alternator or starter probably needs to be fixed too. The timing belt and water pump need to be fixed just as routine maintanence, but the head gasket is due to some unfortunate overheating of the engine. I don’t recall how the alternator and/or spark plugs failed, but I believe it was related to the other problems, and those will probably have to be repaired as well. Repair estimates I’ve received (for the three major items) would mean spending more than the car is probably worth now. However, since the Blue Book value was $2700 when I bought it in February 2012, I’m hoping to get more than just $300 (the standard quote I’ve been getting for junking it), and I could be wrong, but it seems to me that the car might be worth more than $300 to someone, given all the good parts, etc. Any ideas for how I could get more for it? Or is it worth trying to find someone to repair it cheaply and then selling it running, with the other problems? Many thanks for any ideas / tips.