Originally Posted by chipset
The first thing you do is get the shop manual for that car. You will need it. From what i've read so far you will spend a minimum $1000.00 in the first repair attempts. No offence but why are you giving your daughter a 15 year old car. Especailly a T.Bird ?
I know money is tight but even a 15 year old rice burner or VW will do twice the mileage than the T.Bird. You didn't get your tbird so you want your daughter to have the one you should of had ? Just my in put. No offence. Please disregaurd if out of line.
No offense taken; you offer valid points although I'm not sure where I will spend $1k. Unless I have missed something, I'm estimating:
- $80 for a brake system flush. Not sure if needed, hence the question on the pedal feel.
- $20 Tranny- drain and fill the fluid myself and swap the filter. $129 for a shop to flush it and swap the filter if I went wild, but I seriously doubt it would be worth it- that's why I asked the question.
- $120 Shocks and struts, but that's a guess since I'm looking for suggestions on which ones to go with. Not a necessity since it actually handles pretty good and doesn't nose-dive under braking just not sure if the floaty feel is normal for the LX. It doesn't help that my daily transportation is either a 4x4 truck or a sport-tour motorcycle.
- $50 for general basic service (oil, filters etc).
Nice to have:
$20 Window fix if it is gears, $50 for the entire assembly locally
$15 Antenna mast replacement if I go with the power antenna repair
$0 for the Moonroof shade- Hoping I just need to figure out how it is designed to go together since I didn't notice anything broken; not sure about the seal but it doesn't leak, just being cautious.
$25 Odometer replacement drive gear.
As for a 15 year old car for her, I opted for the TBird for a number of reasons...
- I will buy American whenever I can and I try to instill that in my girls...
- The TBird was a solid, safe, reliable car when new and with some basic maintenance it still is...
- The vast majority of the other model cars out there in the same shape as this one are MANY thousands more...
- Everything in the same price range has over 200k miles on it and is falling apart, to the point of being almost scary to drive.
- I would feel more comfortable with her in a larger car, compared to a Hyundai/Kia/VW/Toyota/Nissan/Honda (insert crap-box deathmobile name as you see fit)...
- She can actually fix it from plentiful parts (and she is pretty handy to boot)...
- It is not another boring rice burning, refrigerator clone in the road...
- If she gets tired of it, I can pass it on to one of her 2 other sisters in a few years, and it should still be running strong...
- I was actually more of a Mustang/Camaro kinda guy (owned several of both); never really shopped the TBird. Liked and respected it, but never really shopped them when they were new. Truth be told now, I would have gone with a Grand National if were secretly for me but then it wouldn't be in her name...
A down-side I considered was the gas mileage, but to me it helps teach that you have to pay to play. If she wants to go places, she need to not take it for granted and realize she needs to budget or she can't put gas in it and if her friends want to bum a ride, they need to chip in. On the plus side, it is going to run her about $35 a month for insurance- pretty cheap for someone her age (around here anyway).
I guess the better question would be why wouldn't I jump on the opportunity to put her in a safe car that's in great shape with low miles on it- that just happens to be 15 years old. An added benefit is it has some cool factor and will blow the doors off of her friends Hondas in style! I just hope she likes it!