I have a 98 A6 with 165k miles on it. I'm currently deciding whether to put the money into repairing the many problems with it or move on and get another vehicle. I'm not sure however if I make the investment in the repairs if it will last another 150k more miles and am looking for some advice. Total repairs (front end job, exhaust system, cam adjuster leak, timing/water pump, suspension) would run up to $7000 on a car I bought for $10,000 with 90k miles on it. Thoughts???
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Given the Kelly Blue Book value ranging from $6000-$9300 based on mileage, I'd say you've gotten a nice run out of your A6 and its time to move on. In today's economy, you could do worse than use your 7K as a down payment on a new ride. It's always a tough call whether to repair a car that's been dependable or invest in a newer one. All in all I'd say you came out ahead and that investing serious money into a car with 165K is a risky investment. Best of luck to you and I hope I've helped with your decision.
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just a suggestion. go back to the simple things. get a wiring diagram. can be found in haynes repair manual at a parts store and start tracking voltage from the battery to starter to ign etc. sounds like ignition to me.
Being an 88 it is probably worth about 1k-1500. But if you get it running, and it lasts even one year, then the lack of a car payment would be well worth it. Your net savings could easily double what you have in it. I am driving a 1992 pontiac sunbird which granted I do all of my own work but at 300,000 miles, and nine years of service, the car owes me nothing.
a new engine is $25-35,000 dollars(if Toyota even has them) The rebuilt engines are very good. 3 yrs-unlimited miles on repairs/replace engine. Get a name brand engine like Jasper or Atk or BulletProof or Gopher. These ARE Toyota engines rebuilt(sometime better than original) The transmission has evidently been a great one(mine has 185,000 miles).<p>
You've done great on this car. But to replace engine and transmission; you looking labor and parts:$7-8,000. If you fix it, it will last forever, and you'll know it's good.<p>
Or you could buy a certified used Toyota, and buy an extended warranty.<p>
The only other thing is to buy new-$20-25,000 for a new Camary v/6 ( I don't know if they even make the wagon anymore)<p>
I hope this has helped. Good Luck with whatever you decide.
I have the same problem with my '98 Trooper - the TOD light, that is. Took it to a good shop for diagnosis. They said the TOD sensor was bad and it would cost abot $480 for the part. We were looking at a hefty bill, so decided to do without TOD for now. Manual 4WD still works fine. They said that Isuzu's arrogance that the transmission wouln't leak leaves us with a tiny 1/4" check port to fill through. We got concerned enough, and had over 180,000 miles, that we took it to a transmission shop and had it flushed and refilled correctly. To be honest, we now have 230,000 miles and don't really see any ATF leaks.
Congratulations are in first order for maintaining a vehicle to run well that long.
Your dilemma can be decided by the following factors: 1) parts can become scarce for older car models, 2) increased need for service during normal use 3) fuel efficiency/power for newer car models have improved and 4) Hondas are not specifically known for their longevity.
The newer compact sedans have increased cabin space, that you may find comparable to the your Accord's. Your dilemma is between cost-efficiency and sentimental value, and this is really up to you whether you purchase a new sedan or maintain the current one.
If the vehicle fits your needs, and it still looks good 140,000 miles is only a number. If you love it, consider the 4000 an investment . A 2009 Escalade is surely going to cost a few bucks more :)). As far as what might break next, its a piece of machinery. Seems like you stay on top of things, As far as whether you should go to the dealer. It is electronically controlled. Bring to someone who knows what they are doing. The grief with a sub-par repair along with a large expense, is real tough to deal with. I say stick with the dealer. Good Warranty
Maybe a solution. Are you sure that its because your using your turn signal? Does this occur while moving or while sitting idle?
My car engine would turn off while sitting idle at a traffic light. Many people turn their signals on while idle instead of before they get to the light or stop sign. There is a problem with the engine getting too hot while stopped and then turning off. Make sure you're put your signal on before stopping and see if that makes a difference. If it keeps turning off while just sitting it may be the engine.
However this might be something different and if so that very weird.