How about a place to yak about your klunkers…those cars you are still holding on to and if you should or should not and when should you finally let it go or not.
my Klunker is a 2003 Acura RSX with now about 276,000 miles . Got it in 2005 as an ex lease vehicle with about 20,000 miles on it.
It is getting old !! Now I am keeping it only as long as I can afford the repairs.
Just spend 690 for a cat converter (installed) and this is considered pretty cheap for a california cat.
Also spent 205 for a front ox sensor and 30 to install it.
And i forget now but something like 80 to install and 70 to buy a new knock sensor.
Good thing about having an old car is you get to know a lot more about cars…stuff you either never knew, never wanted to know or just plain didnt care to know.
Friend said hey its time to retire the klunker…Welll I can’t sell it without it passing smog. And the above mentioned were items that needed to be addressed to pass smog and thank God it now does…Good for two more years… i sure hope much more since i got a new cat converter. That one lasted a pretty long time really. They are supposed to last pretty much ten years and 100k miles. So this one (it was failing slowly over the last six years but now has completely failed and thus no way to pass smog) did pretty good.
Mentioned my last big bill of about 1000 for a new clutch was 8 years ago. NOt bad really !!
Most of the money spent has been for items that were at the end of their designed life.
I am on my third starter (they are about 500 plus each installed).
My third alternator (bout 300 each installed)
Think my fifth set of tires…something like 400 a set installed and lasting around 50k miles…not bad…
Replaced radiator coolant only once for about 80 bucks and that was maybe 8 years ago !
replaced tranny fluid maybe two or three times, once recently for about 100 bucks each time.
replaced one radiator fan for a couple of hundred last year.
Current issues with the beast:
My fat ass has finally ripped the leather on the drivers seat. There is no stitching it. I an maybe have an upholsterer redo the drivers seat…No idea cost.
Failed to clean and nourish the seats once a month with leather conditioner and the thing got dry and cracked just like human skin would.
IT is SOO NIce to finally have NO check engine light (its been on for the last six years ).
Since i finally replaced the cat converter which was keeping it on. I was just resetting it and passing smog the last six years. but now its kaput and needed replacement.
I still have the SRS light on and thats been on a while. I am told that
A. honda/acura will fix it for a nominal charge if it involves a seat belt as those have a life time guarantee. Other things?? maybe no coverage.
b. I think maybe its best if its deactivated as it probably is now with the SRS light on. Because who knows if its a failed takata airbag too? OR its dangerous because the airbags are near 18 years old!!
So i do hate seeing the SRS light in my face but i can’t fix it myself and i am loathe to spend money if it costs a lot to fix and im worried about very old airbags. And since seat belts are your primary safety restraints and airbags are not , maybe ok and even better not to fix these.
and tomorrow im hoping this mechanic i have used before in oakland can fix my AC without spending too much.
IF its a compressor forget it…thats probably over a grand.
IF its a freon fill up at about 100 I am in.
It has been unbearly hot these days, but cooling down now.
my AC works until it hits 70 degrees F (20c about) and then it stops working just when i need it.
Ok lets hear some horror stories
Oil changes each 5k miles running about 50 bucks each means they have been a total of about 2800 dollars since i got the car late 2005.