To buy or to fix, that is the question

So I’ve run through my car options a thousand times. I’m not quite sure what the best option is. I know which one I want, but what I want isn’t always the best thing. …….

Options:

  1. buy a car and get rid of the Trans Am
  2. buy a car, and keep the Trans Am
  3. fix the Trans Am and live with it a bit longer.

I really wouldn’t mind doing option 3. But since the car is 12 years old with 139,000 miles, I’m not sure if it’s going down the path of fix one thing, then another breaks. I’ve inquired to see how much it would cost to rebuild the engine, I got an estimated $5,300. Removing and replacing engine is $1,500 of the $5,300. But it would be nice to get the car close to original condition. There really is so much potential for the car and plenty of aftermarket parts. I suspect option 3 is the money pit option.

Out of the other two options, I prefer option 2 where I could buy a car and keep the Trans Am. The rub comes with the fact that I can’t really afford a new car right now, which means I’d have to settle for a used car. So here are the cars I wouldn’t mind owning, though some more so than others.

  • 2004-2006 Ford Crown Victoria LX
    • pros
      • V-8 w/ 239 hp
      • seating capacity of 6
      • with the look of a police cruiser, I’ll have people getting out of my way
      • not very popular so prices are low
      • rear-wheel drive
    • cons
      • automatic only
      • old person stigma
  • 2005-2006 Pontiac GTO
    • pros
      • 400-hp V-8 LS1 engine
      • 6-speed manual
      • independent rear suspension
      • fast and fun
      • plenty of performance parts
      • rear-wheel drive
    • cons
      • seating capacity of 4
      • no trunk space
  • 2005-2006 Mazda Mazda3
    • pros
      • fuel efficient
      • 5-speed manual
      • fun to drive
    • cons
      • 4-cylinder engine
      • front-wheel drive
  • 2005-2006 Mazda Mazda6
    • pros
      • 215-hp V-6 engine
      • Mazdaspeed6 version has turbo I-4 producing 274-hp and has all-wheel drive
      • 5-speed manual (6-speed on Mazdaspeed6 version)
      • seating for 5
    • cons
      • front-wheel drive
      • in order to get the power I have in the Trans Am I need to get the Mazdaspeed6 version
  • 2005-2006 Chevrolet Impala SS
    • pros
      • cop car look so I get the same benefit I get with the Crown Vic of folks getting out of my way
      • 5.3L V-8 with 303-hp
      • seating capacity for 6
    • cons
      • front-wheel drive with a V-8 probably has a lot of torque steer
      • automatic only
      • not a very hip car

Unfortunately, I think getting the GTO will be out of the question especially if I want to keep the Trans Am. In which case I think I like the two cop cars the best. They don’t have manual transmissions available, but they can seat the entire family and they have V-8 power. But the reason I’m so torn is that the Mazda’s are actually fun to drive and have much better fuel economy.

After writing this entry, I’m not sure I’m willing to do option 1. Trading the Trans Am in wouldn’t garner me much money. So I guess I’ve really only got 2 options :)

Until next time.

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5 responses to “To buy or to fix, that is the question

  1. You have front-wheel drive as cons? I used to have rear-wheel drive cars, but now have second front-wheel car and it is much better to drive.

  2. It would really depend on your choice.. I guess there are lots of things that needs to be considered.. Car buying is really a process – you have to think it over and over again before making a decision. I can relate with your situation. Well I had this car for almost 10 years now – lots of parts had been replaced (like toyota suspension bushing,fuel pump, radiator,etc) and I’ve been thinking of buying a newer car. The only problem I have is that my budget is not enough to buy one. *sighs* I think I had to save up first and use my car for the meantime and hope that there would be no problems. finger crossed

  3. i would look into an audi or volvo they come in manual tranys and have good seating as well as fast as hell

    volvo has a station wagon with 300 hp and a 6 speed manual

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