as some of you may know and some may not my poor car has been having some issues. well after today that is no longer i took her into the shop for a tune up. $125 later she is running like new. A friend of mine says that i need to just get a new car …well i plan on doing that after this one is paid off but i’m not going ot get rid of this car for several reasons.
1) this is a great car for 5 years and shes still running strong nothing major has gone wrong with it the most ive spent was $400 and that was for 4 tires 4 years ago. the $125 i spent today was for a tune up an oil change and labor. i bought 2 new tires for the front right before winter that was $160 also i’ve had to replace the alternator $215. so over the last 5 years all ive spent to keep this car running is a total of $900 dollars. also note: this does not count the normal oil change every 3000 miles only the major times ive had it in the shop.
2) this car is no longer being made its a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero the first model ever made that came with the LD9 twin cam 2.4 Quad 4 engine variant. The LD9 Twin Cam was a 2.4 L Quad 4 variant with balance shafts, debuting in 1996. Bore was decreased from 92 mm to 90 mm and stroke increased from 85 mm to 94 mm for better torque, and power was increased to 150 hp (112 kW). This engine received a minor update halfway through the 1999 model year that eliminated the EGR, increased the compression ratio from 9.5:1 to 9.7:1, and switched from low impedance fuel injectors to high impedance. if that make sense you understand if not all you need to know that this engine rocks and it only appeared in the Alero from 1999 to 2001.
3) someday this car will be worth money.
there you go my three reasons Ill never get rid of this car.
Man, people say to get rid of cars for the craziest reasons. More than anything I think it’s just because people don’t really understand how they work.
Pretty much any car will last a long long time if it’s taken care of right. And most of the time, if you’re not ignoring the signs from your vehicle, a simple “tune up” job like you did is all it takes to breath life back into a car.
Most people don’t want to deal with that stuff though. They think if you have to put a car in the shop for something other than a collision, it must be a piece of crap. Fact is, there are many many parts of a car that weren’t designed to last the lifetime of a car. You wouldn’t drive your car until the tires blow. You could veer off the road and crash. Why drive your car until the brake pads are so gone, they destroy your rotors? I bet half the things people put a car in the shop for is from something that they failed to replace or fix, and now it’s caused something else to break.
This is why everyone is so obsessed with driving a new car (Well, second behind the status symbol reason). Because they don’t want to have to worry about maintenance. Everyone is afraid that their mechanic is going to rip them off, and that’s just because people don’t really know how their car works. I bet 90 percent of people couldn’t tell you what a “blown head gasket” is. So people want to drive something that’s “under warrantee”. They want to drive the hell out of their car, change the oil, and if something breaks, it’s not their fault. That’s fine, but it’s not free.
I drive old cars. No warantee expressed or implied. No car payment either. I’ve had my car for about 10 months now and spent around $1,000 in repairs, most of which needed done before I bought the car. That comes out at $100 a month. Pretty cheap transportation.
Olds makes some great cars, and the most reliable if you ask me. I’m not sure about their collectability, but pretty much any nice car in good shape is worth something once it’s 30 years old. I only have 8 years left to get mine in good shape! Haha.