OK here's the siuation.
I have a 2000 Honda CRV with 150K miles on it. It's been GREAT with NO
maintenance beyond oil change, etc.
However, it now needs new struts, shocks, alignment, and tires to the
tune of $800.
Is it worth it? Anything else gonna go wrong in the near future? How's
the tranny gonna hold up at this age? Or is it time to give it up and
look at a replacement?
I drive about 30 miles each way to work...and occasionally a 500 mile
round trip from Dallas to Houston...
One quick observation: The timing belt for the 2000 CR-V is
due for replacement at 105k miles. I would have it done
a.s.a.p., because (1) it's way overdue and (2) a failed
timing belt has a high probability of destroying the engine.
Tack on another $600 or so for replacing the timing belt.
Otherwise, I wish the long term performance of CR-Vs was
better known at this time. If this were a Honda Civic, I'd
say put the money into it, because years-wise, it's young.
Years on a car count more than miles, from my reading.
My first inclination is to put the money into the truck and
aim for another five years of performance. Even if you only
get a year out of it, you're still paying less per annum
than what this has cost you, no?
A good shop should be able to do and end-to-end inspection, and list the
condition of each system, estimated life, and expected cost of maintenance
in the next year. This is only an estimate, but it would help you make an
From what you say though, unless it has seen rough use, a serious accident
or is rusting, I would say it is well worth keeping.
cars will always be an expense. But look at it this way , you could get
new tires and timing belt for $1000+ or you could get a new car at $20k
+..you do the math. Even a new car has expenses. As long as you change
oil when needed you will be fine. And heck swap in a good low mileage
motor for $3-4k if needed..but doubtful. Hell for that matter taxes on a
new car would be over $800.. Cars are rarely cosidered investments as
more of an expense. But who knows 20-30+yrs from now we'll see civics at
the TV auto-auctions catching $100k "Look at this man its a Type R."
oooh ahhh ehhhh eeee ohhh yaaaa ahhhh ooooo mmmmmmm yes yes yes oooo yes
mmmm.......ok i got carried away there. Just say no to Ford! ...unless
you need a truck F-150's are pretty good.
Get on the Internet - buy the parts you need at 1/2 the dealer cost, get a
general Honda mechanic to install them at 1/2 the dealer cost - and you are
set. I have been doing this the my Volvo and BMW for some time, and even my
son's VW - it's a great way to go. BMA Auto - http://www.bmaparts.com /
delivers parts overnight, good prices.. and get to know a local (within 10
miles of you) mechanic and you are set for a win-win !
Yeah I still have originals on My 1993 Del Sol. I can take sharp turns
at 50mph no problem...its fun watching the vehicle behind me suddenly
fall waayyy back in the same turn.
B18c1 w/custom turbo, ac ,nice daily driver tune. Weight 2100 . Lots of
carbon, full interior though.
Those are all normal maintenance items for a vehicle at that mileage.
I would do the repairs and keep running it.
Be aware that not all shocks and struts are created equal. There are
many different quality levels on the market. It seems that the Honda
originals served you well. I would replace them with OEM or the white KYBs.
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