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repairs needed at 152k, need opinions on whether to replace parts or trade in

Old 10-25-2012, 05:26 PM
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Question repairs needed at 152k, need opinions on whether to replace parts or trade in

Hi. I have an 03 lancer ES. 152,000 miles. went in for an oil change and came out with a quote for $2,000 worth of repairs. Looking for some guidance/opinions on how many more miles you think I'll get if i make the repairs. (some friends/coworkers are hardcore trying to convince me to not throw any more $$ in it and get a new car) see below for some car background, recent repairs that have been made and the repairs i am now told that i need. if i put all this in the car will it last another 50k? or will i be back in the shop again in a few months? I have had repairs done every few month in the last yr and a half. how long will transmission last and how long will engine last? all comments appreciated!

some background:
  • 2 times in the last 2 years this car has gone too long before oil change, as in engine clangy type sound (got it changed before it stopped running or died) no idea if/how much engine damage was done.
  • drive about 300 mi a week. 17 miles on the highway each way to work and the rest is city driving, lots of stop and go on fairly rough roads (in the loop Houston, TX)
in the last 1.5 years:
  • new catalytic converter
  • new rear breaks
  • replaced timing chain
  • replaced water pump
  • replaced tie rod (dont know which one)
  • 2 new gaskets in engine (head gasket and dont remember the other)
quote for new repairs:
  • need new serpintine belt
  • need new AC compressor
  • need new front struts
  • need new rear struts (leaking apparently)
  • 2 new outer tie rods
  • 1 new inner tie rod
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