Originally Posted by Zach man
i bought my car for 100 dollars
it had 119k and ive had since january of this year and its at 136k now
it had issues when i got it...
replaced, windshield, mirrors, window regulators (in fact there breaking again already... every damn one but the passenger front...)
need a new radiator, core support, a/c condenser and driver headlamp assy due to someone pulling out front of me... (no ticket, no fault, no insurance... but its driven 10k miles with these things broken... 3k was a 6 day sprint from Jacksonville florida to grants pass oregon... as much as a piece of crap my car is... its has been surprisingly reliable)
Transmission feels like it might be slipping... its an auto, but when im cruising on the Interstate, it will ship fine until about 65-70 (where it feels it should shift again) but sadly... by time 75 and 80mph, my rpms are kicking 3000 rpm... (maybe someone has an idea of what is wrong? perhaps PM me... i dont know if this is serious or if changing my fluid will help)
I still need to catch up most maitenance from the previous owner... its behind on everything but oil and battery...
i will need new breaks soon, need to align my wheels, i need to replace my suspensions, maybe tierods? a new oil pan... might need some work inside the engine... i dont know... feels like there is a slight loss of compression, especially at low speed/rpm
need a new hood, new driver mirror (held on by reflective tape) got a new radio but i need a new antenna... all my tires are not factory size... front 2 are 205/55, backs are 195/55 :\
alot of work... 100 dollars bought... got 800 in it... im not sure if i should keep going or not... i want too... it starts right up... even with the winter coming (and this is the first winter this car has had out of florida... im in oregon now...)
but theres other issues... i love this car though
i dont regret it... especially at 100 dollars...
autos are only 4 speed trannies btw, so if its shifting 3 times, thats all it will shift, 1 into 2, 2 into 3, and 3 into 4. for a $100, that is a steal of a deal. a new mirror is $50.. change out your suspension, then alignment, then new tires. if i was you, since the winter is days away, put synthetic oil in it. get the compression checked, change your fuel filter, replace your air filter, clean your maf sensor, and get your brakes done. a new antenna as well is cheap, however maybe the antenna adaptor ( since you had to get a euro conversion antenna adapor for the head unit) isnt on right, because when i had no antenna for a while the radio was fine. also replace your oil pan.
after all this, im estimating another 900 into the car, maybe less depending on the brand of your brake parts, suspension parts, and if your fixing the car yourself, or getting it done by a mechanic. could be a lot less. dont give up on these cars. at 136k, its a baby still. im assuming you got a zetec, if you take care of it, you can get another 200k out of this motor, if its maintained well