Ok, gonna try and keep this short and sweet...
Since last August, my daily driver has been a 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible with about 175000 miles on it. The PO told me that the original 3.1 V6 engine had been swapped for one with about 65000 miles on it at the time of the swap, but he didn't have any proof that this had been done. It's a pretty enjoyable car and I don't pass myself coming or going cause there aren't but about three other cars like it in town that I know of.
Well, the problem is that the car's showing its age a bit and starting to have some issues. About a month ago, the fuel pressure regulator failed, causing a big fuel leak and damaging two of the injectors. The repairs took three or four days because it took my father and I that long to get all the needed parts together and installed. Kind of inconvenient, but not too expensive. This week, the a/c went out. Down here in the sticky, humid South, I consider automotive a/c to be a necessity. The car's auxiliary fan failed, allowing refrigerant pressure to get too high, damaging the compressor. $800+ later, it's all good now, though I swear cars used to be more like mobile refrigerators than they are now.
On top of that, while doing a replacement of the front brake pads a few weeks ago, I noticed the grease seals on what appears to be the ball joints were cracked. Seeing that, it made me assume that the bushings on the lower control arms would also be getting old. Can't see that stuff without taking it apart. Also, at the next front brake job, it'll also be time to put on new calipers and flex lines. I've been told the ball joint job is $600+, and that the brake job shouldn't be too hard except for bleeding the anti-lock system.
I guess I'm starting to question whether this car needs to be my daily driver and if it's something I can really count on to get me where I need to go. I've looked into the idea of buying a brand-new car, and that's just not realistic for me right now. I simply don't want to be on the hook for new car payments. So that leaves pre-owned cars, the best selection of which seem to be in the Atlanta metro to the south of me. I could finance a used car, get a decent bang for the buck, and have it paid off much more quickly than buying a new car. Reliability and comfort are important.
But this leaves what to do with the Olds. I don't really need another project as I have a 1974 MGB for that purpose. But it seems kinda sad to get rid of the Olds cause it's fun, a little different, and pretty comfortable even when all four seats are filled. If it were less of a fun car, this decision wouldn't be an issue.
So Foosters, how would you handle this situation?