Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 09:02:55 -0500
Subject: 87 9000T facing the Big Bill - what to do?

Thoughts/help/sympathy greatly appreciated: My 1987 9000T owned-since-new came up with a grinding roar this weekend, and I left the car at a well-regarded dealership in suburban Philadelphia. Verdict: new a/c compressor, which also means receiver drier, etc., and by the way, blower motor doesn't work, about $1,400 all told, which is kinda what I expected having priced similar work before, BUT by the way need a head gasket also, and while we're there replace the timing chain and tensioner (not unreasonable for this mileage) $1,200 or so. Few other miscellaneous things ("Diverter valve"?). I did the motor mounts last year. I don;t know what to do. This is used as my "airport car" and is not driven hard. I'm not sure what other kind of car I can get for $3k. TIny rust spot on driver's door, but otherwise in great shape. I would definitely get the a/c fixed if that were the only problem. I'm almost inclined to bite the bullet and spend the dough, figuring that I'll get another 3 years, but I've never had a turbo problem and am not sure if I won;t be facing another $1k+ in a year for that. I have always been satisfied with the dealer, but for the $ feel compelled to look for an independent also. Anybody recommend one (Philadelphia/SOuth Jersey)? THanks for reading. Alan Dzija

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