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Old 07-23-2018, 04:05 PM   #11
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It's not just the clutch. I've had the car 3 years. I've already put 130% of what I paid for the car, in parts & maintenance. I do all my own work, except what needs specialized equipment, and value my time at 0.

It needs tires too. The cost of a clutch kit+engine hoist+tires would be about 50% of its current value.

It's probably time to move on. I hope to have another ZXW, but I'm open to options at this point.
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The cost of a clutch kit+engine hoist+tires would be about 50% of its current value.
If it has no other big problems, I'd fix it (borrow a hoist) and run it into the ground. Tires are probably cheap for that car. The clutch kit + tires are less than one car payment for most people I know.
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If you think its time to move on as you know better......I've shipped cars down the road needing work, such as one needed a trans rebuild & I've thrown rebuilt motors into 2 others, drove them for awhile & sold them....These are fairly easy to work on, but I prefer working on v/8 rwd cars thou. If your looking for another one of course make sure its a Zetec/D-tech car.....
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:58 PM   #14
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If it has no other big problems, I'd fix it (borrow a hoist) and run it into the ground. Tires are probably cheap for that car. The clutch kit + tires are less than one car payment for most people I know.
I'll be honest, there's no *wrong* decision here. On one hand, this car is getting very expensive to keep on the road. On the other hand, I'm realistically looking at trading one beater for another.

Tires are not that cheap. My current tires, Cooper CS5 Grand Touring, are 80k tires which are gone in about 35k. I honestly don't know if it's because they're crap tires (I'm not the only one who has complained about those tires not lasting), or if there's something potentially wrong with my car.

But that's just to say, 40k mile tires are probably a waste of money. So figure $300 for tires. Clutch kit is $200, and I've located a hoist locally for $100.

That's $600. KBB says the car's worth $1500, and that's probably a bit high. Give it decent tires, a quiet throwout bearing, and I think it's probably worth $1200.

Also keep in mind, I paid $1750 for this car 40 months ago, and since then, I've put $2300 in parts into it. I think I'm ready to stop putting parts in it. You know what else I've also spent $2300 on? Gas. That's right, half my per-mile cost is repairs.

Now, if a bunch of people come along and tell me that 50% of their per-mile or per-month vehicular operational cost is in parts, I'll reconsider. But my gut is saying this is just going too far.

Besides, why should I put $600 in parts into a car when I could buy a $500 car instead? I found a 1997 Aspire about an hour's drive from me, and I'm thinking about going to look at it tomorrow.
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I'd pass on that Aspire & look around for another zetec/dtech powered foci...
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I am looking, but what I want is another manual transmission dtech wagon, so I'm asking for a bit of a unicorn.
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Well... I looked at that Aspire. It was going to take $500 in struts, tires, and BMV fees just to put it on the road. That doesn't include purchase price or insurance. Totally not worth it.

At this point, I think I'm going to put tires on the Focus, and wait for that clutch noise to get worse.
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