My 93 Dodge Caravan has Water Pump leak. Yesterdays estimate for repair: only $650.00 IF none of the other connecting parts aren't rusted out.
Trust my mechanic of 27 years. Personally called me at work to give me the news and do I really want to spend that amount of money on a car with 128,750 miles with most engines only lasting 130,000 miles or do I want to sink money in a new vehicle (HINT, HINT). Had hubby call him who has NOT been receptive to HINT, HINT. Settled on lube and oil change, gunk put in radiator for $33.50 bill.
Out of debtors prison in October--home loan paid off. Both cars paid off. We've always bought new cars and kept 7-10 years.
This is only my 5th car since age 16. Has made the rounds of Tristate Philadelphia area and served me well as home visiting RN. It's time to give it a decent burial and let 16 1/2 yo son learn to drive in it ---just needs antifreeze weekly. Just paid $3,100 school tax bill last week: benefit of being #3 school district in the state. Saving on monies for College for sons. 9th grader estatic at taking Ceramics this fall as art requirement. Gets to take Honors Social Study in Spring too!