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View Poll Results: Car Decisions
Replace the engine for $4000 0 0%
Get a new car and trade in the old one 9 81.82%
Join a car sharing service and decide later 2 18.18%
Voters: 11. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-18-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I think the OP would be wise to get a second opinion aside from the mechanic who suggested the $4,000 dollar engine replacement. He might find someone who can solve the problem (used engine perhaps) for a lot less money.

Best of luck,

Rich
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Hyundai is a very unreliable car manufacture. Get rid of that POS!
Actually it was pretty low maintenance. I haven't done anything over my 8 years besides tires, oil changes and brake pads. Basic wear and tear stuff. No problems whatsoever.

It is disappointing this happened right after I crossed the 100k miles threshold. Literally, I am at 103k miles now.
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I think I'll go with B. Even investing $2k might be too much. I consulted a family friend who is a mortgage broker. My debt to income ratio isn't too high at the moment, so it my decrease my buying power a bit, but I am in range with my target home price anyway with no problem. I'd still be able get approved for 60-80k higher than my mental max.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I think I'll go with B. Even investing $2k might be too much. I consulted a family friend who is a mortgage broker. My debt to income ratio isn't too high at the moment, so it my decrease my buying power a bit, but I am in range with my target home price anyway with no problem. I'd still be able get approved for 60-80k higher than my mental max.

I wouldn't put $2k into it....

Have you looked around at trading it in and throwing some cash down on a used car?

I was in a similar situation, but car was starting to give me issues. I made a decision, sold cars with issues and bought another cheap reliable cash car. But then again I do a bunch of my own work on cars.

Sent from my autocorrect butchering device.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I wouldn't put $2k into it....

Have you looked around at trading it in and throwing some cash down on a used car?

I was in a similar situation, but car was starting to give me issues. I made a decision, sold cars with issues and bought another cheap reliable cash car. But then again I do a bunch of my own work on cars.

Sent from my autocorrect butchering device.
I am not car savvy. Buying a user car would give me indegestion!

I think the verdict is in. I'll pick out something new, that hopefully makes it to 150K miles.

I can get all of my important bells and whistles now, that I was thinking about adding. I am not one of those: oh no, my car doesn't have the latest and greatest stuff, I need to trade it in!
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Help me pick a car: Help me choose: Nissan Juke or Ford Focus Hatchback
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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I am not car savvy. Buying a user car would give me indegestion!

I think the verdict is in. I'll pick out something new, that hopefully makes it to 150K miles.

I can get all of my important bells and whistles now, that I was thinking about adding. I am not one of those: oh no, my car doesn't have the latest and greatest stuff, I need to trade it in!

How much oil is running out of that rig? Its all on the bottom, so there is no fire hazard, right? So is it a quart a week? Less?
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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The crank shaft is moving in an out, which is breeching the seal. They can't replace the crank shaft. And since the motion is in and out, the seal would be damaged quickly. (I was initially planning to replace the seal only, and then debate on a newer car next year).

My car is a Hyundai Elantra, 2003.

the car is scrap. Sell it and buy another. An Elantra that year with those miles is worth about nothing. Sure not as much as your replacement engines will cost
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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The crank shaft is moving in an out, which is breeching the seal. They can't replace the crank shaft. And since the motion is in and out, the seal would be damaged quickly. (I was initially planning to replace the seal only, and then debate on a newer car next year).

My car is a Hyundai Elantra, 2003.
What! Mate I retired from a major engine manufacture and can tell you that the rear seal CAN be fixed!!

Don't look now but someone is holding a gun to your wallet looking to rob you!!!
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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What! Mate I retired from a major engine manufacture and can tell you that the rear seal CAN be fixed!!

Don't look now but someone is holding a gun to your wallet looking to rob you!!!
The seal was a symptom. THe problem is the crankshaft. It pushes the seal out and causes the car to leak oil.

Pretty ridiculously fast. I added ~ 1 quart of oil last Sunday (the day the problem happened). I drove around 5-6 miles (the light was on), towed to the dealer. All of the oil is gone. During those 5 miles (and plus the days it has been in the shop).
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