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Hey guys... lately i've been getting very frustrated with my car... and i've been asking myself if it's even worth it to keep it anymore. It just has so many problems and little annoyances that it's not even fun to drive anymore.

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1. The clutch is almost gone, the TO bearing is screaming for mercy (i can hear it whine over my exhaust...flows + o/r x.

2. theres a squeak noise coming from the driver rear wheel that is in sync with how fast the wheel is moving, but goes away when the brakes are applied.

3. Just a few nights ago, i was looking for my friends house and i was looking at street signs, i thought i saw the street so i got into the far right lane, but at the last second i realized it wasn't, and i hit a curb. Didn't even see it, now the car pulls hard to the right and shakes at all speeds. (checked the wheels, still good, no bends and the tires still hold air) and the passanger front wheel isn't centered with the wheel well. Like it's been pushed back.

4. my passenger side motor mount is shot, engine leans very noticeably to the passenger side.

5. Car randomly misfires while cruising at around 1500-2100 rpms, not a random misfire, but more like a timed misfire every second so it feels like a chug of a train...if that makes any sense.

6. theres an ANNOYING spring-like sound comming from the back seat/trunk area when i go over the smallest bump. I've spent a whole entire day trying to figure it out with no luck.

7. my shocks/struts are totally worn, car bounces all over the place when i go over small bumps...

8. syncros in my tranny are pretty bad, grinds going into 2nd and is hard to get into 3rd gear, at least a few times a day.

9. the top has seen way better days, both sides near the front door windows are stapled because the stitching came undone and the top cables became exposed. And it leaks horribly near the back glass so when it rains, the well is about 4 inches deep of water. A whole new definition to 'car-pool'.......

10. overall compared to my friends' 2002 and my other friends 2004 it seems so flimsy... not to mention how freaking slow mine is compared to theirs.

11. battery is going bad... not a huge deal but it's just another 80 bucks that i need to fork out.

12. I don't even know how many miles are on it.... bought it with a broken odometer at 89,270.

the reason i'm so aggravated is because i've put so much of my own hard earned money into this car just to get problem after problem, and i don't even rag on my car! I don't race it, do burnouts or anything. I just drive it. I garage it, always. always put 91 octane, wash it twice a week, and wax it every 2-3 weeks. I baby this car! I did the math, and i've put well over $700 in repairs in the past 9 months i've had it, not including gas and insurance. May not seem like alot, but it is for a 17 year old.

I'm just so stuck. I effing love this car, it was my very first car, took my drivers test in it, drove it to school the very first day i got my license, for gods sake i lost my v-card in the backseat! I don't WANT to get rid of it, but i don't want to have a POS car thats going to suck my wallet dry more then it already has. Whenever i get my paycheck i'm always so excited, but then i realize to myself 'oh wait, this has to get fixed on my car' I don't even remember the last time i bought something that didn't have something to do with fixing my car.
 

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Wow...unfortunately it sounds like it might be time to move on. It seems like there's not one area that doesn't need fixed. It has become a money pit. Sell it or wait for a "push, pull, or drag it in" trade event at a dealer and see what you can get into. Good luck whatever you decide.

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700 in 9 months? I spend about 650 each month just for the payment on mine. the way I see it, there is no avoiding the "cost of driving".

Either you pay a car payment on a new car and have less problems, OR you pay a few hundred dollar every month on repairs. There is no free ride with cars. the problem is thinking that because you have no car payment you don't have to pay. Put aside an amount of money every month and every time something wears out, draw from that and fix it right away! If you wait, then something else will wear out and next thing you know you, you have a crazy list like that where it seems overwhelming!
 

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Yeah -- $700 in 9 months for a 1998 car is not a bad deal. I paid over $600 per month for two consecutive months for maintenance on my 1999 Expedition XLT -- THAT's when I decided to trade it in on my Mustang...

I know money is tight when you are 17 years old -- but it sounds like you've only driven this car for about a year, and it probably had some known problems when you bought it. You say you haven't driven it hard, but you hit a curb (?!)...

You should keep the car, or sell it and buy something else that you can afford ($700 / 9 months = $78 per month)...

I say you should keep the car until the wheels fall off! :)
 

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What are your options, realistically? Sure you could sell the car, but in the state it's in you won't get crap for it. If you have the money for a monthly car payment on a newer, more fuel efficient and of course reliable ride then it should probably be considered. But to me it sounds like you want to keep the car and are just overwhelmed at the moment.

That list of stuff you said is wrong, start tackling it one item at a time. Prioritize the list from most important to least. I would get after that clutch first; the tob if it gets really bad can cause damage to the shaft it's sitting on. And besides, if you can't get the car into gear then you can't drive it. So that's first. We'll go through the rest of your list from here...

2) This is a real common one, went through it myself. The caliper is not retracting as it should. Pull the slide pins out, clean them up and regrease them. If they are beat up, replace them. If that doesn't fix it then it could be one or both of two different things; time for a rebuilt caliper and / or your rotor has becomed warped. Put this one lower on your priority list if greasing the pins doesn't work out.

3) You probably bent the lower control arm. Pull both of the front wheels off if you can't see anything obviously wrong with the bad side and compare the differences between various components on the two sides. Figure out what you bent based on those differences and go to your local pick n' pull for a replacement. This and the clutch are at the top of the list.

4) So get and install a new motor mount. Not a particularly expensive or difficult fix.

5) I can't discuss misfires right now, there have just been too many threads related to this around here lately and I'm worn out from it. Unless it progresses severely, this one's low priority for now.

6) Bad spring isolator maybe? Fold your backseat down and sit back there while somebody else drives you around the block to replicate the sound; try to get a closer listen and pinpoint it's location that way. Either way, this one's at the bottom of the list, you have bigger fish to fry.

7) This one's lile # 6, try to live with it for a little longer.

8) First thought that comes to mind is your worn and generally fk'd clutch. Get the clutch dealt with, give it a fluid change and then see what the score is.

9) Try to stay dry for now, maybe keep a fresh towel in the top well to soak up water. Change it out as necessary.

10) You're just mad at your car right now. Once you get a couple of the more major mechanical deficiencies handled you'll start to feel better again.

11) Sounds like you already know what to do.

12) I wish my car would have stopped accumulating mileage at 89K, lol. Probably something simple like one of those ****** plastic gears in the cluster broke, or bad speedo gear on the trans.

It's all fixable, just gonna take time and patience.
 

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Narrow the problems down one by one. I say start with what bothers you most about your cars problems and then go from there. :yelwacko:
 

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+1 to SoCal. His post pretty much sums up all my thoughts as I read through the OP.
 

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You can fix most of these problems yourself and save thousands of dollars in labor charges. You can't let problems pile up on each other. That goes for any aspect of your life. Take them on as they arrive. You'll find all the help you'll need here and on Google. Use the internet for something besides porn. haha. There's alot to be said for turning a wrench on your own car. A sence of accomplishment. Sounds like you still love that car. If you're serious about gettin rid of it, first see what your payments will be with another used car. Can you afford a monthly payment right now? There's also that great feeling of a new ride. Weigh your opptions and keep us posted. Good luck.
 

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6. theres an ANNOYING spring-like sound comming from the back seat/trunk area when i go over the smallest bump. I've spent a whole entire day trying to figure it out with no luck.
My guess is that this sound is your license plate rattling -- take the plate off the car, and drive over a bump you know makes the sound.

OR, stick something between the plate and trunk, to keep some pressure on the plate and keep it from rattling -- then drive over that same bump that you know makes the sound happen.
 

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My guess is that this sound is your license plate rattling -- take the plate off the car, and drive over a bump you know makes the sound.

OR, stick something between the plate and trunk, to keep some pressure on the plate and keep it from rattling -- then drive over that same bump that you know makes the sound happen.
Sounds more like a bad spring isolator. I have exactly the same problem with my Mustang, but I haven't fixed it because one can't hear it if the radio is on. Get some poly-urethane spring isolators from American Muscle, they're way better than the stock rubber ones and will last a lot longer. I think they are 30 dollars for a set for the rear end, and 35 dollars for the front end, with free shipping. :bigthumbsup
 

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The top is what would do me in. There comes a time with cars, as in life, when you have got to just cut your losses and move on... IMHO.


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thanks guys for all of your opinions.

today i took my car into my dads dealership where i bought the car, had a mechanic look at it and well.... k member, rack and pinion, and control arms are done.

Idk what to do....
 

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thanks guys for all of your opinions.

today i took my car into my dads dealership where i bought the car, had a mechanic look at it and well.... k member, rack and pinion, and control arms are done.

Idk what to do....
Damn, that sounds really bad considering you hit a curb.. It's hard for me to imagine that anything more than the A-arm would be damaged from that unless the other parts would be physically hit as well. Take this as an opportunity to get a tubular K-member with tubular A-arms and an upgrade to coil-over suspension in the front. :smartass:
 

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How much was the estimate or do you mean you had the work done already? And you still have a clutch problem that was at the top of your list. Don't let sentiment cloud your thinking. We had a 89 Econoline conversion van my wife wouldn't let go because of all the little league games, vacations, ect.,ect. Repairs were killing us.
 

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Sorry to hear about your problems. Deferred maintainance by you and the previous owner will eventually add up to what seems like an overwhelming list of things to fix. As previous posters said, prioritize the repairs and take them one at a time. When you buy your next car have a trusted mechanic inspect it and make sure you have the money to "IMMEDIATELY" fix all problems, then fix it as things show up. You'll enjoy driving it and not feel like it is a POS. Owning a car costs more than the purchase price and gas!!!!
 

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You know, it's real easy for 'enthusiasts' such as ourselves to say, "hey no big deal, fix it". And there's some value to that point of view. Another point of view which also has value is that of the 'non-enthusiast'; those who look at a car much in the same way as a common household appliance. That sort of person would jump ship right about now.

Just wanted to inject a little objectivity into the thread. OP, you have a tough decision to make, if it were my car I'm not sure what I would do either.
 

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well you'll find you either pay up front or on the back end of a vehicle, so while that 98 gt seemed like a deal you are seeing now why they really aren't...
Mods and repairs take cash, if money is tight in your life I have to say what many have realized for years Jap cars are much better in the long run...145K miles on my m45, one repair, a new starter
Cobra? Nearly every part has been replaced at least once...
I'd cut it lose and buy a nice Accord
 

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I liturly threw a towel at my car today. while vaccuming out my car today i noticed the AC was blowing hot air... looked under the hood, compressor wasn't turning. I'm done. Posting it on craigslist today for 4k obo. (anyone interested??) ....haha yeah right. i wouldn't even sell it to anyone on this forum. don't want to screw any of you guys over.

Looks like i don't have any reason to be on this fourm anymore... will probably end up getting a late 90's accord or something... will let you guys know how selling it goes.
 

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by the way, did you guys catch the metaphor? threw a towel at my car (throwing in the towel) ha...ha... yeah.
 
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