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    94 Cavalier RS
    6 cylinder
    181,000 km
    Bought it in mint condition with 30,000 on it in 2003
    Price: $2500 (private sale)
    It's rusting at the bottom sides of the car
    The car's been really good to me
    Little technical problems over the years

    Problem:

    Battery is dead
    Alternator needs to be replaced
    Front Breaks gone

    I'm thinking $600 to fix.


    Is it worth fixing?


    I'm emotionally attached to this car. It's been reliable and I love the power. I knew the time would come when I'd have to let it go and this could be it.

    What do you think?
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    if you like it fix it, but ask yourself if you sink $600 into it how long wil it last you or will it keep on breaking. At some point you have to cut bait and get something better. As I said though If you really like the car then fix it. I have an old beater that I keep on sinking money into cause I like it, dumb, but I like it!

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    all 3 prob's are easy DIY. Maybe $200-300 in parts.

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    The cost to fix that shouldn't be too much (if you can do it yourself). If you buy a different used vehicle, you may easily have to put that much into it right away.

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    Originally posted by idriveabox
    all 3 prob's are easy DIY. Maybe $200-300 in parts.
    So perhaps I should find another mechanic that might be cheaper?

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    Keep it

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    Front brake pads are gone or front discs, calipers, pads?

    Mind you, if it has sentimental value....I'd be tempted to keep it regardless.

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    Originally posted by Socialworks


    So perhaps I should find another mechanic that might be cheaper?
    If you care then do it yourself. $300 in parts sounds about right and when it's between "Fix this or get a new car" then what have you got to lose? If you screw it up then it's $300 which I doubt you would have blinked at when looking at a new car. If you succeed (which you will) then you'll feel like a million bucks.

    Be a man. Do the right thing.

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    front pads..40 bucks candian tire
    Battery..60 bucks canadian tire
    Alt... few bucks from pick n pull.. no where near 600 bucks to fix..

    i use to have the same cavalier but 2 door and have replaced all those parts you list.. dont cost to much on a belly button car.

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    Fix it. For the money it'll cost, you might as well.
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    you love the power?! LOL
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    If it weren't for the sentimental value I'd say drop it like a hot potato. It's at the age where this is just the beginning of many problems. Even though its a cheap fix, there will be one cheap fix after another, and pretty soon you've spent $2000 on a car thats worth $1500..... or maybe I was just unlucky. haha

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    You paid 2500 for a 94 with 30k back in 93?


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    84?

    ...power???

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    Keep it and fix it. You know the history, you know how it has been driven. You risk buying another car less reliable.

    The parts that need replacing are wear and tear parts anyway that could go on the next car you buy.

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    Originally posted by 911fever
    you love the power?! LOL
    what i also thought
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    i had a similar car and the alternator went

    got a new one from pick n pull. $25 or so. threw it in within 15minutes. and i'm no mechanic

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    meh get something new.

    or drive it till it falls apart in 2018 or something
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    Default Re: Is my baby worth saving?

    Originally posted by Socialworks
    94 Cavalier RS
    6 cylinder
    181,000 km
    Bought it in mint condition with 30,000 on it in 1993
    Price: $2500 (private sale)
    It's rusting at the bottom sides of the car
    The car's been really good to me
    Little technical problems over the years

    Problem:

    Battery is dead
    Alternator needs to be replaced
    Front Breaks gone

    I'm thinking $600 to fix.


    Is it worth fixing?


    I'm emotionally attached to this car. It's been reliable and I love the power. I knew the time would come when I'd have to let it go and this could be it.

    What do you think?
    man thats fucking wierd. I know a guy that has a 1992 one, identical but his is red. He bought it new, and is also VERY attached to it, and wants to fix it up.

    Yours isn't in too bad shape so I'd say go and fix it up, max you'd spend $150 on all used parts if you were to buy the battery and other parts used... new I'd say $600-1000.
    For what its worth, may as well spend the $150, toss in the parts and keep going until it dies.

    His has 340k on it, and its a fucking mobile train wreck so I told him to junk it, but at least yours sounds semi-decent.

    Glad to see you're enjoying its ample power.
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    Default Re: Is my baby worth saving?

    Originally posted by Socialworks
    I love the power.


    You definitely need to try a new car if you think your Cavalier is powerful...

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