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I have a 1996 gmc jimmy w/ a vortec 4.3 and 4 wheel drive. the heater core has been removed, the ac compressor has ceased, and the reverse gear is out, i also suspect the brake master cylinder is going out, in a resale market is it worth it to fix all the problems or should i just junk it out? also, i have enough mechanical experience to fix everything but the tranny myself

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Trans if you do the r/r will cost about $750.00
Heater core $50.00
Master cylinder $75.00
A/c compressor a upull it $50.00 Recharge a/c $200.00

Value on truck $3500.00

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Cartupper's advice on part pricing is close to accurate in midWest USA pricing but other angles need to be considered on your decision.

The 1995-99 Chevy/GMC Blazers are on the bottom of consumer guides quality rankings. They are known as lemons and barely rank above the 1990s Chevy Cavaliers.

It is not worth more then $1000 in repairs and I would feel guilty for selling the vehicle without any fancy accessories for an more then $2000. I sold my 1996 for $1500 in 2006 with nothing wrong.

You are better off selling the starter, injectors, alternator, etc. ; swapping spare tires, stripping as much down as you can and then take all that cash plus the $200 from the junk yard and go buy yourself a more reliable vehicle like the 1984/85 Benz Diesel or Honda/Toyota SUV options.

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