Just wanted some outsider opinions on my situation. I have a 95 Olds Ciera with the 3100 eng. 206,000 miles. Needs head gasket job. Probably looking at around 1500 to 2 grand. Zero resale value on the car, so it's keep or junk it time. What do you think? B/c of this problem I currently have no heat and I live in the upper Midwest, so that sucks.
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1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
Question: Worth it?
Answer #1Superbob December 19, 2010, 17:49Master
Depends on how much you like the car and how much another car would cost. It's up to you. I don't know the car, so I have no opinion on whether to keep it or start over.
Answer #2OGormanAuto from O'Gormans West Towne Auto Service, December 30, 2010, 12:22Enthusiast
If you are going to spend that amount of $, you have to be able to answer the question-What if my transmission goes out next, or what if this thing does nothing but keeps me going back to the repair shop? If a scenario like that comes up, how upset would you be to have just spent the big buck on the head gasket. There is at some point a 'diminishing returns' quotient that occurs. Having said that, if the outside and inside is in pretty good shape and the vehicle has had regular maintenance done on it, people have spent more $ on worse vehicles. It`s either $2k on this one or $3-4k (probably a lot more) at least on something else, and then you have repairs on the next one anyway. That`s why it can depend on the upkeep of this car, because you will know what you have with this vehicle and the next one will be a mystery. If the present vehicle is way behind on mainteance, probably best to skip it.