Should I dump my car?
September 4, 2013 7:53 AM Subscribe
We have a 2002 Mazda Protege5 with 140k miles on it. The repair costs seem to be escalating and we are trying to decide whether to keep it on the road.
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA to travel & transportation (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
During 2013 so far this car has had two brake calipers and one rotor replaced, rear shocks and struts, and one new tire, along with a wheel alignment. Last year it got a sway bar link, front and rear engine mounts, and another tire. It is burning oil now and the garage would like to replace the valve cover gasket, the spark plugs, and the oil pan.
There are four drivers in our family, soon to be five, so it would be convenient to have another vehicle, but the two adult commuters have reliable cars without this one. Ideally a third car would be in good enough shape to drive between Boston and DC 2-3 times per year, because that would save us some airfare.
Blue book value of this car is about $2860. We could buy another used car for a little more than that, but it would be of similar age and mileage we believe.
Should we ditch it? Keep it, but confine it to short trips? Keep it and drive it up and down the East Coast?