I have a 94 Taurus with 120k miles. Last year I had a valve job/heads
redone, new motor mounts and new lines/evaporator on the A/C. Paid somewhere
in the neighborhood of $2200 for the car 2 years ago. Now, the transmission
is going bad. Won't always shift into 1st and stutters a little when
driving. Mechanic says AXOD needs to be rebuild. Cost anywhere from $1600 to
$2200 depending on who I go to. I can't do any of it myself, except the
payment part, unfortunately. I drive about 35 miles/day going to work and
taking my kids to daycare. Otherwise, take the wife's new minivan on long
trips and family outings.
Should I fix the car since not too much more major can break on it, or cut
my losses and get a different 2000-3000 dollar car?
Thanks for your input
Well, if you hadn't already put 2.2k in it, I'd say scrap it. However, it
seems that fixing the trans will pretty much make your 94 Taurus a new car.
If the body's in excellent physical condition, I think I'd fix the tranny.
Otherwise, you're throwing away the money you already put in it.
But is he throwing good money after bad?
Overall, though, I agree with you. Get it fixed. The only thing major left
to go on the car is lower end of the engine (crankshaft, pistons, etc.).
Once he gets the transmission rebuilt, he should be good to go for a while.
But, I would look out there and see what is available for $2000-3000.
check local yards for a low mileage used unit.. I did on my 97 XR7 even had
it installed for less than then $600.00 its still used but on 190,000 mile
car it beats the heck out of $1500-$2000 for rebuilding the in car unit
Thanks to everyone for there feedback. Pretty much all of you had the same
conundrum I did, already spent a bunch, but this is probably the last thing
to go, so probably do it, but maybe not, etc.
I have decided to bail on the car. My trust in the mid 90's Taurus is gone.
I see several other Tauruses for sale that have similar issues and I don't
want to belong to that club any more. I found a '91 Bonneville with 70k on
it, that looks and drives like new (relatively speaking). It has had good
care, all service records and my research tells me it has a better track
record than the Taurus. I'm going to try to sell it for around $900 to
someone that wants a project or parts car. Lord knows there are plenty of
broken down Tauruses out there that need repaired.
Thanks again for helping me out.
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