Well, nuke that´s a good idea but if the shop starts finding other problems they´re going to want to hit you up for money for those. I´d say check out different shops and their prices for basic tune ups.
86FlameMachine: You have 1400 total in your car? I bought mine for 1904, and so far I´m pretty sure I have AT LEAST 3300+ dollars in it for repairs, that I can think of off the top of my head, including but not limited to: ~Clutch blew out: 600 bucks,
~Radiator hose blew out: 100 bucks, ~Timing belt snapped: 1000 bucks,
~Oil Rings failed: 1000 bucks,
~Changed serpantine belts, fixed intake and exhaust: 395 bucks,
~New tires cause old ones kept deflating: 300 bucks, and the list will keep going on. I have even more money in little nonsense stuff like tire valve covers a new shift knob, which by the way i took off cause the battery died. 1000 dollars of repairs isn´t a lot of money to sink into your car. Just look at my page two on my homepage: http://www.cardomain.com/id/james92scort
...you´ll see my point.
I dunno, I have had crappy luck with my car, but you don´t seem to love your car like I love mine.
I´m thinkin´ you should get a different car, maybe a new ZX2 with a warranty.