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I have a 97 Escort Sedan with 170K miles and it's engine is fine, but all my struts are shot. The messed suspension eats the tires and they wear prematurely. I just had to replace all four of them and am presented with the dilemma if to invest in new shocks and struts also. I probably have to replace front and back and this is a considerable investment having in mind the mileage of the engine. Very likely there it will be cheaper to change tires more frequently than do the right thing with struts. Are there any further complications if running with shot struts than comfort decrease? Struts were due to change 30-40K miles ago, but I procrastinated because of the several hundred $ investment. Is it worthy investing in suspension if engine and tranny is that high mileage?
 

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hows the rest of the car look? if it's a rust bucket, no, drive it until the wheels fall off.

if it's in very good condition, it's worth putting the money into. even if you have to replace the motor or transmission, you are still way ahead of making car payments for the next 3-5 years, plus the increased insurance, plus the new car will need tires/oil changes/etc as well.
 

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Bad struts most likely won't cause tire wear. An alignment job will probably fix your tire wear issue.
 

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bad struts can cause cupping.
 

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The car is not a rust bucket, I have done plenty of maintenance during the years. It is just the high mileage that concerns me. I have a shot rear struts, bad front axle and cv joint that constantly mess up the alignment. Because of them I guess the tires wear that much. I am particularly interested if any hazards may result from worn suspension.
 

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can you do the work yourself? find some good used parts at the junkyard.
 

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Think of it as even if you spend $2k on it to make it right, your still cheaper than a $200 a month car payment for a year. And face it, what would you end up with for a $200 a mont payment anyway, the Metro from the free dredit report commercial?
 

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what would you end up with for a $200 a mont payment anyway, the Metro from the free dredit report commercial?
My friend's mom got a 07 Malibu for just over $200 a month and her credit is less than stellar. Its still better to not have a payment though.
 

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How much was her down payment? Interest Rate? how LONG will she be paying? Trust me, your better off taking care of your car now. If it runs fien and is mechanically sound (no engine problems no check engine lights doesnt spew black carbon of death into the atmosphere) then jsut fork the dough to maintain. Its really easy to justify a new car with "well I could put that $300 toward a new car instead" but the thing you gotta remember, is its not JUST 300, its a lot more and for a much longer period of time. Then the new car will need maintenance aswell. drive this thing till it crumbles beneath you.
 

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You can re-do struts AND springs on that car for under $350 and maybe 3 hours of your own labor. Plus a $25 deposit to rent the spring compressor, which you get back.

And no.... bad struts will not cause bad tire wear. The struts are NOT what keep your car in position. The springs are.
 

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I think it was $500 down, 15%, 5 years. Not something I would have agreed to. She was desperate though and needed a newer car.

I was just pointing out that you can get a decent car for around $200 a month, at no point did I say you should.
 

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If you are making payments on a car, isnt the lender going to insist that you have comprehensive auto insurance on it? That used to be fairly expensive - at least compared with the minimum liability insurance I get on my cars (all oldish) - of about $520 a year per car.
 

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You should replace the struts and springs, is not only comfort but driveability and vehicle stability. Having those repair you will damage less parts later.

For example new struts and spring will prevent faster tire wear, tire hop, exesive bounce damaging bushings - ball joint - tie rods - cv axle, and most important of all better breaking and cornering.

I did mine and the difference on stability, braking, 40mph cornering was improved from the worn spring and struts. What I did not replace (now I have to) was the strut support. BTW I did it all by my self.
 

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If you are making payments on a car, isnt the lender going to insist that you have comprehensive auto insurance on it? That used to be fairly expensive - at least compared with the minimum liability insurance I get on my cars (all oldish) - of about $520 a year per car.
They require comprehensive and collision insurance. I have comprehensive on my car, we have alot of deer around here so its worth it. How old you are really effects the price you pay. I pay about $700 a year but my dad pays under $200 for the same coverage on his ZX2.
 

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and there you have it. bad axle.
 

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I have the same magnaflow too and love it, you can usually get a used one on ebay or cragislist. I wanted a valid warranty so I got it here. Magnaflow 16510. Also some of the forum sponsors usually have a sale going on. Either way its a great exhaust system, sounds great, and very easy to install.
 
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