Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:37 pm Post subject: looking at yet another $1000 in repairs..to keep or sell?
Hey all, I bought my 2004 Impala back in 07 with 30k miles and its been pretty good up til bout the 5th year of ownership...I'm now at 74k miles. In the past year Ive had to fix abs sensors and hubs, steering shaft, the complete coolant system went on me, fluid everywhere..now I need my boot replaced on tie rod and Im looking at the infamous lower intake manifold leaking problem what ever that is? I'm thinking the last 2 will cost almost 1000$ to fix along with the 2500 I already paid in repairs the past year for a car maybe worth 4 grand...so its like what do I do ugh...every time I think about traded it in and dont something else breaks but getting something new is gonna pinch my wallet big time now so Im stuck...so is she pretty much gonna fall apart from here on out?
Honestly, those are some of the more common problems on our cars. No matter what car you own, your gonna have tie rods and control arm bushings wear out. Once you get those knocked out, you may be trouble free for a while. Except for maybe a converter. Just take it easy on the transmission too.
Don't do anything rash!! The Goodyear shop (which I'm convinced is utterly full of crap because they find something wrong on everything) where we get everything inspected said both the tie-rod ends on my brother's new 9C3 were bad and wrote up an estimate for $400 to fix. We went to O'Reilly Auto Parts and bought BOTH tie-rod ends for $45 and replaced them ourselves in an hour.
Here's an awesome link to a walk through for replacing the tie-rod ends. It's for a Taurus, but everything is largely the same. Be sure to get it professionally aligned afterwards. Total cost for that project is $100, INCLUDING alignment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbNj4El7aak
Everyone and their mom has evidently had the LIM problem so like 00impala123 said, just pull up this AMAZING walk through that Sabrewings put together and you'll have 'er done in a jiffy. Keep Impin'! You won't regret it! But like ZSPOT said, keep the (attempted) burnouts to a minimum!
My LIM went out around 110,000 miles I think. Had no way of fixing it myself and even at the dealership it was around $750. But I'm coming up on 180,000 miles and still no problems with the engine. Cars have problems. No way to say that if you get another car its gona be any better. Might have problems with that one too. You never know. But if you can, fix the problems on your own and save some mulla.
I brought my 2004 LS in 07 also with 37,000 on it. I now have 100,000 and never been to shop except for alignments on the tires. I replaced the gauge cluster that stuck on 100 mph. Front wheel bearings, rotors, caliphers, brake pads all around twice, front control arms, tie rods with grease fittings and rear struts. This past Christmas the UIM,LIM and coolant elbows to fix all those leaks that seem to come out of nowhere. I installed a complete aftermarket stereo with speakers. I did all this myself for about $1200-$1300 in parts and my own labor. What do i get? Another 5 years at least and a big thanks to this forum! Go get your car and get to work. I say that in a nice way.
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