Need advice - should I repair it or dump it?

I've got a 2000 Beetle with 100k miles.
I'm leaking oil and need a new Rear Main Seal. I also need a new alternator. On
top of that there's about half a dozen other issues, including cracked
reflectors, burned out bulbs, exhaust hangers, and a broken antenna.
The car has relatively new tires and brakes, and is otherwise sound according to
the report I got when I took it to a dealer. (I took it to the dealer because
nobody else could figure out where the oil was leaking from).
The car is worth around $2500 and the dealer wants $2200 to repair it.
I don't really want to spend the time finding another car, and I don't really
want to spend $2500 on a used car of the same value only to find out it has a
dozen other problems.
What should I do?
Reply to
Frank LaRosa
It sounds like you've already made a "the devil you know" argument.
A question to ask yourself is how you feel about this car? Desire may trump logic.
- Bill
Reply to
Bill Leary
In article , snipped-for-privacy@franklarosa.com says...
On top of that there's about half a dozen other issues, including cracked reflectors, burned out bulbs, exhaust hangers, and a broken antenna.
to the report I got when I took it to a dealer. (I took it to the dealer because nobody else could figure out where the oil was leaking from).
want to spend $2500 on a used car of the same value only to find out it has a dozen other problems.
I'd go on the general state of the car. Things like the reflectorsn antenna and the alternator can be sourced from wrecker's yards. I would think that spending a couple of grand on a car that's done 100k miles is not too bad, particularly since you just had brakes and rubber done.
Personally I'd go on a couple of other things in my decision making: - is it reliable? (I just flicked my Volvo XC70 because it was not, replaced with a Passat.) - does it have rust?
my $0.02's worth. -P.
Reply to
Peter Huebner
On top of that there's about half a dozen other issues, including cracked reflectors, burned out bulbs, exhaust hangers, and a broken antenna.
to the report I got when I took it to a dealer. (I took it to the dealer because nobody else could figure out where the oil was leaking from).
want to spend $2500 on a used car of the same value only to find out it has a dozen other problems.
If you spend the $2200 on it, how long will the car last? Rust and oil burning are factors here.
How many miles a year do you put on the car? If less than 5,000 miles/year, fix it. If more than 12,000 miles/year, dump it.
Does it pass inspection as is?
Lynn
Reply to
Lynn McGuire
On top of that there's about half a dozen other issues, including cracked reflectors, burned out bulbs, exhaust hangers, and a broken antenna.
to the report I got when I took it to a dealer. (I took it to the dealer because nobody else could figure out where the oil was leaking from).
want to spend $2500 on a used car of the same value only to find out it has a dozen other problems.
And yes, all $2500 cars will have hidden problems.
Lynn
Reply to
Lynn McGuire

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