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post #1 of 8 Old 04-12-2014, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Sell or fix?

I have never had such bad luck with vehicles than as of late. 4 years ago I sold my 97 f150 because the motor locked up, and I needed a car, it had 216k miles on it, and the only thing I ever did to it was replace a blown radiator. I bought a 2001 accord, and recently sold it because the transmission was going out, and I wanted something newer, and didn't want to fix it. During my time owning it, all I had to do to it was replace a blown radiator. A few months ago, I bought a 2003 Infinity G35. It had 138k miles, was one owner, and I loved the car. When I bought it, I told my fiance that with my luck, I would have to replace the radiator. THREE WEEKS after I bought it, I had to replace a blown radiator. Imagine that. So today, I was driving it, and it just shut off going down the road, and would not start back. Finally got it started AMD got it home, and by doing some research, my guess is a camshaft sensor has gone bad.

My dear other half is telling me to sell it and get something else. I understand his frustration, but I can only afford used vehicles, not a new one. My feeling is that I will sell it and get something else, and it will just break too, lol.

I am not sure what I should do. I want to keep it, but crap, I can't pour hundreds of dollars into it every month to fix something that breaks. I would rather buy an old beater truck that's cheap to work on, but I need a decent car for work.

What would you do, sell it and hope the next one runs for a while, or fix this one and hope nothing else goes wrong?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-12-2014, 08:37 PM
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My Dh,(who is really good w/vehicles), believes once a sensor goes bad, it won't work again, so it may be something else. Do you have to take clients out in your car? I've never had to impress anyone w/my car-so I've driven some weird stuff!
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First of all that does sound like a classic CPS issue, just replaced mine again this weekend as the darn thing goes out every 2 years or so. Anyway they can just quit all together or be intermittent for a while prior to quitting.

Any older used vehicle over 100k is going to cost you money in repairs. You've actually been very lucky in just needing to replace blown radiators. It's called being nickel and dimed. At some point you'll have to pull the trigger and replace an older car but at what point you get fed up enough or can afford it is up to you. Personally at 138k I wouldn't be replacing it as most cars can make 200k these days if treated right.
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cacowgirl, I don't have to use it for clients, its just nice having a nice car for once. I have only ever had crappers, so to have this car means alot to me lol. My first car was a 81 Chevy truck, I upgraded to an 84, then a 86 Ford, Then my 97 Ford, the 01 Honda, and now the 03 Infiniti.

Darrin, they have all made over 200k, so I guess I am lucky after all. I suppose I answered my own question when my fiance told me last night he would trade in my car and his 2012 xterra and get us two new base model Sentras. Omg those are so ugly and I realized I didn't want to give up my Infiniti. Hopefully after this it runs for a while without breaking!
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Good luck w/it. Hope this is your last repair for quite awhile!
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it should las you a wile. Good luck withit
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The only way to avoid making regular repairs is to only drive new cars. Most of the old junk piles I have driven have needed regular sometimes major repairs, and selling them and getting a similarly old junk pile was just trading one problem for another. I'd fix the thing and start a savings account for a newer car. It's not that high mileage, so hopefully the repair will be the only one for awhile.

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It was the camshaft sensor as I thought. Only cost me 240$, which was exactly the amount of my quarterly inventory bonus from work, Lucky me! Now I need to get the belts checked, they sqeek when theres moisture in the air O.o
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