I own a 1992 Camry LE (auto, 2.4L 4cyl engine, 130k mi) that I purchased cheap while on assignment in Korea. Loved it so much I brought it home. Served me in good stead since as a "go-to-work" car. Anyway, I'm heading to my next duty station (in TX, 1200 mi drive) next week, so I figured I'd take the car to a mechanic and get it checked out. It had a slight hesitation when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, and the A/C was nonfunctional (which didn't bother me overmuch, as my longest commute was 20 minutes)
Just got the call with estimates:
-Brakes: Front brakes at 20%, recommend replacement, $396. Rear brakes at 40%, okay for now.
-AC: "Condenser" (probably compressor, I think) bad, recommend replacement, $547.
-Transmission: Some leaks noted, referred me to a transmission shop.
So, I know this question's been asked before
, but repair or replace? If I replaced it, I't be looking at a used car in the $8k-$12k range. Also, are the costs for the individual repairs reasonable?
Oh yeah, my big caveat: I'm deploying for a year within 2 months of arriving at my next duty station, so the car (either my new one or the Camry) will be stored while I'm gone (in paid storage, with periodic driving/maintenance, etc). I'm not sure if that would affect the decision or not.
Finally, the tires are 6 months old, just replaced radiator/changed oil. Car itself runs well and has been maintained properly, but has lots of cosmetic issues/damage stemming from three years in Seoul.