A lot can depend on whether or not to continue fixing a car or replacing
1. Overall Appearance
2. Smashes, Rust or Rust through.
3. Interior Condition
4. Any Minor or Major Accidents
5. How Many Owners
6. Driver Neglect / Abuse
7. Stolen Vehicle.
I was in your situation in September of 1990 when I had my 78 Olds 88.
Every two weeks something was going wrong with the car. Water Pump,
Brakes, Alternator ( 3 in 3 months ) Battery, Rocker Arms, Tire wear,
As much as I loved the car, it was beginning to rack up alot of bills.
It was nearing 190,000 and around that time I had joined a few clubs and
was going to be running up some heavy duty miles in the next few years
traveling with the groups and need a car I could rely on, one I didn't
have to work on every Thursday to be sure I could go away Friday night.
The car was in great shape, no rust, perfect interior, clean and a big
RWD 2 door, with a 350 V8.
In the case of my car I had one wreck, hit a new Omni Dodge and jumped
the curb with all for wheels. I think I twisted the frame at that point.
The car was also stolen 3 months after I bought it. I think the thieves
did more frame damage and who knows what else.
Alot of the cars troubles afterwards were directly related to it being
Transmission died 4 months later.
Radiator - Upper Hose connector leaks at tank, from Battery being
dropped on it.
Scrapping sounds in front end - Two Broken Coil Springs !!
Just how the hell do you have to drive to break the coil Springs?
So, I decided to buy a new car and in February of 1991 I bought the car
mentioned below my signature.
This car still runs great, looks good except for some of the haze cracks
in the paint, and a couple rust spots I'm touching up. The interior is
great shape, but the driver seat is getting a little uncomfortable at
The difference between this car & the 78 Olds is I know the complete
history of this one, being I'm the only owner. It was never in a major
wreck, just two bumper taps, and it was never stolen.
I'm at that point I was at in 1990 - do I keep this one or get a new one
? Right now I'd have to say I'm going to keep this one for awhile. I'm
not really at the point of throwing money into it every month. Its still
a dependable car.
The things I've replaced are routine maintenance items or wear items
associated with driving. It doesn't have runnabilty problems, starting
problems, electrical problems or any leaks of any kind and it doesn't
burn oil. Never been towed.
Everything works on the car except the trip meter. There is one rust
hole that is in the most bizarre spot, the drivers side door jamb, 4
inches above the upper door hinge.
I can take this car to Pennsylvania ( this Friday ) or Florida (
November ) without any worries. Last year I put on exactly 34,000 miles.
This year will be more like 26,000
Good Luck with your new car.
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE