Crunch time...I'm trading SOMETHING for a Scion tomorrow morning.
They are giving me $600 for a '94 LHS. The car is in good shape but needs:
Front wheel bearing (1)
Rear Trans mount
New tires (all)
Valve Cover Gaskets
I also have my 'infamous' 1992 Plymouth Gr Vger van. IT needs:
Front Struts (maybe)
Inner Tie Rod end
I can get the motor for about 200, out of a Dynasty with 78,000 miles.
I can do more work on the van than I can on the LHS by myself.
I like both equally for different reasons. The LHS is a Boulevard Cruiser,
and I think the most Comfortable car I have ever owned. It looks good and
everyone thinks it's a nice car.
The van is by all accounts a POS, the motor has a bad head and ticks like
a time bomb but always gets there. It has AWD and I have a set of four
studded sonow tires. I play in a band so it is more useful than the LHS,
but let's face it...it's a Caravan!
If I do ALL the work at once on both vehicles, the cost is only about $175
apart. I think the van, according to KBB is actually worth more than the
LHS. The van is also much more versatile than the Chrysler, but I can
carry my amps and instruments in the LHS.
The real question here is, how tough it is to replace the Inner Tie Rod
end? I can do everything else but the struts, the motor and the windshield.
I can get a cheap rebuilt rack for $125 if I have to replace the entire
rack, and an ITE for $28.
I dno't think they'll take the van, so I may end up chewing this. I don't
mind because the AWD is good in the winter.
Any ideas, suggestions or advice?