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Old 02-12-19, 08:17 AM
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Any car can fail at any time. If there are no known problems with it and you drive it now shorter distances with no issue than it is what it is. I have some old cars. My daily goto beater is a 98 and I have an 88 and a 91 I would take the 91 and the 98 across the country today. Not the 88 because that is my play car and would be at 4000 rpm on the highway and probably overheat.
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Old 02-12-19, 08:41 AM
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Hmmmm, to me, a 1996 car doesn't seem very old....... especially when I still have my 60's muscle car that I bought when it was only a few years old, and still only has 79,000+ miles on it.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
My last transcontinental drive was cut short in the middle of Nebraska by a broken timing belt. I would have replaced it earlier, but it is a bit of a finicky job requiring the removal of the water pump and replacement of all the water pump gaskets... But... I should have done it.

Anyway, that may be one thing to look at on a car with a bunch of miles and quite a few years.
Thank god my car uses timing chain. It's a little nosier but the piece of mind is priceless.

I notice most manufacturers are going back to timing chain technology. It is much more robust than belts.
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Is it a good idea to just abundon a car on the side of the highway if the tow cost is too high?
You give the car to the tow company as payment, they scrap/sell it. Send them the title later if need be. Did this in Montana after a mule deer ended a trip.
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Originally Posted by bark_eater View Post
Knowing whether a timing belt failure is an inconvenience or fatal to the engine is worthwhile. Have had 2 break, one was a hassle, one was fatal. The engine that got killed was already on its way out so major maintenance had stopped. The car had the good graces to commit seppuku in the BIL's drive way.
The timing belt would be my most serious concern. If it's old and the car has an interference engine design (where if the belt breaks the piston tops slap and pancake the intake and exhaust valves), I'd strongly recommend having the belt replaced. With my vehicle, doing the timing belt also usually involves replacing the water pump, accessory belt, belt tensioners, and the thermostat. YMMV.
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