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Re: When is it time to move on?
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Posted by mlc [Email] (#1747) [Profile/Gallery] (more from mlc) on Wed, 6 May 2020 07:53:55 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: When is it time to move on?, Nate, Sun, 3 May 2020 21:07:07
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I'm pretty sure about 80% of the readers here have struggled with these thoughts over the year, especially once the car nears 200k miles.. I know I've been reading up on alternatives for the past 3 years now.. but have yet to pull the trigger, and I'm at 276k mikes... lol

if you perform, and enjoy, doing most of these repairs yourself, then it's more of a struggle to decide. it may be worth keeping it. New cars really don't offer much improvement in terms of performance and ride.. the real advantages seems to be in the areas of entertainment and safety features.. (i.e. phone integration, navigation, collision alerts, etc..) .. of course there's the new car smell... and no rusty doglegs!

Being stranded is always my biggest concern.. but in reality, apart from a faulty fuel pump and alternator ... most other failures usually give you fair warning that they're on the way out.. if that's a concern (e.g. battery, DIC, TB, CPS, )

given the fact that you're still fond of this car, then adding a 2nd car, may be worth considering, as someone suggested. Insurance on the Saab would certainly be very cheap, if it's no longer a daily driver... so worth considering..

the other factor is weighing in your time and the cost of future repairs.. At 166k miles, things start to go... Realistically you're going to be bumping into a couple of these things every year, ... So you need to weight that cost, vs the cost of a new cars monthly payment, insurance, and maintenance... Like you said, it's all very manageable if you want to keep the car going...but the frequency of occurrence could wear you down over time.. .

best of luck with your decision... keep us posted..

P.S. the headbolt retorque is simple.. also check around the timing chain tensioner for wetness.. Hopefully your coolant leak is near the bypass valve.. which is a simple repair as well
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