As Bill suggests, I would try a dealer. You may not be able to find a
used one that is any better than what you already have.
When I was at my dealer a couple of months back, I was asking about
availability of parts for older models. He said that there are still
parts available for models going back to the early 1980's, and even
before that in some cases. It's best if you have a part number.
Find a U-pull junkyard in your vicinity. Parts for an '88 K-car will
be extremely cheap. I mostly maintained my '87 Reliant from junkyards.
If you are not in the rust belt, there should still be a good selection
of K-cars in the yard. (They are getting scarce here in Toronto.)
I'm sure that you can get three or four (or ten!) used reservoirs in
decent shape for the price of one from Chrysler. It seems to me that DC
has jacked the price of older parts way up: "okay you goofs, if you
won't give up your old K-cars, you will PAY for the privilege". The
only thing I would buy from dealers would be things like specialized
fasteners that would likely be in sad shape on junkyard cars (such as
the upper bolt for rear shocks).
For example, the new-from-dealer MAP sensor cost about $100, and lasted
a year. I got five older-style (and I suspect more durable) MAP
sensors from the junkyard for $20. Only needed one for the rest of the
life of the car.
Found one at a Junk Yard, it was cracked in almost the same place, but
for the price I paid, I put some sealant on it and installed. It works
I'm definitely going to use Junkyards for the parts I'll be using to
maintain my Aries.
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