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Okay, Im trying to start college soon. I had to cut my hours at work so I wont have as much money as before. Now I have a 1992 LX wagon. It says 80K+ miles on the odometer, but its really more like 180K+. The auto transmission jerks like a crazy bastard and the engine....... well..
saturated with oil everywhere


So I think they'll go out in about another 30K, and plus, I dont even want to drive to LA in it (which is about 60 miles away). So Im thinking of replacing it all. But I think it will open a can of worms. The car has a salvage title, the body isnt in all too good shape, and I think the motor mounts seen better days on account of the extreme vibrations in idle.

So what I want to know should I get the car redone or just save for a new car?
 

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it all depends on what you ultimately want to do. If you have the money I say recondition it, of course on the same token... if you don't have the money for a new car, you won't be able to fix it up.

I say keep it and redo it to how you want it piece by piece.
 

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The body work will kill you. If you don't have the proper tools or don't repair or prep it properly you're f-ed. And just by design, it will rust again in time. Other than that to me it just looks like a leaky valve cover gasket and engine mounts which are easy, and not too complex to do.

Personally coming from another student, you probably won't have time. I'm trying to fix my escort after hitting a deer and seriously think more often than not that I should have let it go just because I don't have any time anymore. I'll put it back together during my Christmas holidays and paint it in the spring.

But I wouldn't have got to buy a welder if I didn't decide to fix it :D

Matt 8)
 

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Have the tranny flushed, new valve cover gasket, switch to Valvoline, and don't worry about the body work. No offense to any wagon owner but having a dented wagon will not affect your "bad MFer status" one bit at school. LOL
Unless youre JamieCypher :p

I'd keep it, because a dented up car in a parking lot is actually less likely to get door dings. People are scared of it. I try to never park between cars that have fluffy stuff hanging off the mirror and/or car dings in corners and sides ESPECIALLY the front corners. Park as far away as you possibly can.

The cars I see that get bad damage are the really nice ones. A 2005 black mustang had F U scratched on the hood. No one knows I have a 1.8 under the hood, its just an escort, STAY AWAY FROM IT!
 

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i say junk it and get a decent car (decent not new, dont get them cornfused)

here is what your basically lookin at

say there is only 2 bad mounts... about 50 bucks for both then labor

motor tune up 100 +/- then labor

trans anywhere from 250 and on... not to sure with an auto though so not positave

torque converter... again not an auto guy. infact i have never been tought anything about auto trannies... never had to price one so i have no good idea.

dents just add character

basically i think your gunna be payin upwards of 1000 bucks to just get it mechanically sound again... sell the car for 900 obo take what you can and get a 1500 dollar car. i know i made it sound so much easier than car juggling is but being a college student can you afford to be stuck on the side of the road some day?

also something that must be considered... how is everything else, brakes, axles, suspension, power steering, tire tread... if some of those need repairs i say dont even think about it, take it to a junker for 50 bucks if thats all you can get.
 

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even with all that work and upgrades it's still going to be cheaper than buying a whole other car just to start the process over again in repairing and maintaining it.

Might as well save yourself from that first large expense and just throw little things at the Escort.
 

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I agree, it would not be worth fixing up. you could prolly pick u p nother wagon in better condition for thecost of repairing everything that's wrong. I say drive it to death then look for a GT or another nice old car that will last a long time. But if your estimate of 30K mor eout of that car then it should last you pretty much most of your way through college.
 

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well if you want a dependable car I say fix it depending on how much it will cost, I mean its your car so you know everyhting wrong with it to fix. If you buy another cheap car say $1000-$1500 its probably got something wrong with it to and you could spend a good amount of money just trying to figure out what it is. if you can afford maybe $2500 or more then get something else
 

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You should start by cleaning the engine bay real good..man it's messy and dusty..then you might be able to see where the oil is coming from..and then start to predict possible troubles that will come out in the future
 

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ThumpinGT said:
I'd keep it, because a dented up car in a parking lot is actually less likely to get door dings. People are scared of it. I try to never park between cars that have fluffy stuff hanging off the mirror and/or car dings in corners and sides ESPECIALLY the front corners. Park as far away as you possibly can.
My 86 had scuffs on all 4 bumper corners when I got it. There's a couple of dents in it as well. Sometimes I cringe as I feel it reflects on my driving but you're right, people do stay away from it.

The bad thing is that I've been driving it just long enough that I'm starting to see stuff and say "crap, where did that nick come from?!" Other than that I don't put too much thought into it!
 

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StealthStyle said:
Replace valve cover gasket

Run it till it dies an unfixable death.
And do any other cheap maint. to keep it going. Try a tranny fluid flush and fill.

Then drive it till it dies.

Matt 8)
 
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