My 87 Tempo needs work again. I know it needs a throttle position
sensor. Probably needs a new idle sensor and potentiometer. Air
conditioning has been out for 5 years. Needs tires and is close to
needing a brake job. Six months ago put in a new radiator. Three months
ago a new ignition module and complete tune up. Two months ago all the
belts were changed including a new serpantine. It has 166,000 miles on
it a transmission fluid leak from the tranny seal and the power
steering leaks. What do you think? Is this worth putting any more money
into? I bought this car new and I'd really like to get my monies worth
out of it. Comments please.
Ps: The car still looks pretty decent.
Donnie Shortpants wrote:
Is this worth putting any more money
This is always a conundrum. When to stop fixing.
I had a van and after 2000 worth of repairs I said enough and got a new
one. I'm still paying for it, and have had to make some repairs that
were not warranty covered. 2000 worth of repairs is < 4 months payments now.
Your car is only 7 years old. Can't really mention tires or breaks they
are always being bought. As long as the body is fine you can even scour
a wrecking yard for some pieces.
The repairs you make on everything you mentioned ought not to be more
than "3-4 payments worth." The car has already depreciated 'as much as
it can' whereas you will be on the losing side with a new one for 4 more
years; & new isn't always reliable. So its warranty covered - is your
time and inconvenience covered?
On Sat, 24 Apr 2004 08:17:13 -0400, "fraser233(nospam)"
I think you may have misread his model year. A Tempo this
old is hardly worth the tow bill to get rid of it in my neck
of the woods. The last one I had cost me $75 to get it
taken away and it still ran. I would 'uv paid more but, the
guy was a sucker.
i ran a datsun pickup truck for 18 yrs.. bought it in 1975 and soldi it
in 1993 do i would not have to pay insurance for three cars after buying
the wife a new taurus in 93... or i would still be using the old datsun
pickup... just keep putting a little money into the car as its cheaper
then paying a note on a new car that will also be needing parts in no
after the nearly 20 years of service you've gotten out of it, you HAVE
gotten your monies worth.. This car doesn't owe you anything. Now all you
need to do is these few steps...
1) Get into your car, close the door, put the ignition to accessory, turn on
some light music at a low volume.
2) Explain to her (him? whatever sex you prefer to consider your car) that
it's been a good run, and it's time to go to the great garage in the sky.
3) Start the car, take a nice, long, cruise, end your cruise in front of the
local auto wreckers.
4) ask the boys at the wreckers if they'd be kind enough to give you a drive
back home. most will.
5) DON'T stay to watch them crush the car, it'll hurt.....
Its cheaper to fix this one than buy a new one. Its up to you if you want a
new one or not.................TPS is probably about $30. What is an idle
sensor? If money is the only issue then fix the poor thing, if
not.................BTW, if it runs you should be able to get at least a
couple hundred bucks for it......
"PAID FOR" is such a sweet term! If _you_ can do the work that needs to
be done on the vehicle, I'd say keep it. The lifespan of a vehicle is
wholly dependent upon maintenance. If it's maintained properly, most
any vehicle can last a very long time. You can probably fix everything
you mentioned for $500: 4 tires, 4-wheel brake job, fix AC, and replace
what electrical things that prove to be faulty.
I drove my '81F100 off the lot for $10K back then. To replace it today
would cost close to $25K, but I've maintained it and the truck runs as
good as it ever did. Just replaced 4 tires for $125. A recent 4-wheel
brake job cost $.99(package of disk lube), since I have always replaced
with parts that had a lifetime warranty. Recently replaced 4 tie-rods
for free and spent $45 for an alignment. The $10K I bought it for in
'81 was a very good 'spend' and the truck has always gotten me from
point A to point B and back, so I'm happy......it sure could use a paint
job though. Replacement parts are still available for it, so it keeps
If your engine and body are still good on the Tempo I'd get an estimate as to
what it would cost to fix it up. I loved my 88 Tempo ...for well over 200,000
miles and no major work on engine or trans. except for the leaks...which only
cost $400. to fix and I'm sure it included more than just the leaks. It's
cheaper to insure and a lot cheaper than a new car...Good luck in deciding.
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