Help me with this gut-wrenching decision, someone...please.
I have a '94 Cougar with about 70K miles. I'm just getting ready to shop for
an '04 Accord or Mazda 6, something smaller and more sensible for my current
driving. The problem is that I have a crunching or grinding sound from the
steering that I've been told is either the control arms or ball joints, with
a price of $300+ to fix.
The car is in great shape otherwise, but if I plan to trade it in less than
a month's time (possibly within the next couple of weeks), should I put $300
or more into this car? Or should I just let the dealer worry about fixing
OTOH, if a dealer or buyer test drives it before giving me a trade value,
they'll probably notice the noise from the front end and subtract $$
accordingly from my trade value, right?