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Old 07-07-2012, 12:41 PM
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I have a 99 Mazda with 170k miles on it. It looks good, and runs fine. However, I may have to let it sit in a driveway for 1-2 years.

The car isn't really worth much, and I have spent more in maintenance over the years than I could sell it for.

I would like to keep it, as it is dependable and looks good, but I've heard when cars are not driven regularly, there can be problems.

Should I sell it or let it sit for a few years?
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:56 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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With proper preparation there's no problem with letting it sit, though it would be better to have a friend/relative run it once/twice a week. Putting it up on blocks/jackstands keeps the weight off the tires. Garaging it keeps any leaks that develop from getting it all moldy or rusty inside. If you pull the spark plugs, then squirt some oil into the tops of the pistons it will help keep rust from humidity from getting onto them and the cylinder walls. Buy a gas preservative to add to the tank so you won't come back and have to drain bad gas out. A trickle battery charger will help keep it ready but for that long it might be best to disconnect it and recharge or replace it when you return. When you do get back, change the oil, and turn over the engine a few times without the spark plugs in to get the oil circulating. Check the other fluid levels, belts and hoses, put the plugs back in and drive to the gas station to top it up with fresh and you should be good to go.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:17 PM
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The cost to insure that car will be the key determinant whether to keep or sell. My grandmother was in a similar position after my grandpa died and his Explorer was just sitting in the garage for months on end. We convinced her that she was just wasting money on insurance for a car that she drove once a yr to haul the Xmas tree back from the lot.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:27 PM
Location: Texas
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Get rid of it. The issue will be with the already marginal seals. Sitting and no oil being against them will cause them to dry out even more. You'll have to reseal the main bearings and the transmission at the end of 2 years sitting. That's more than the car is worth. Unload it now and save yerself some grief.
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