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Old 09-21-2015, 01:44 PM
 
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So, remember we took the car to a couple mechanics because check engine light came on and it was reading code 301? The first mechanic had my hubby put 3 can of fuel injector cleaner in the gas tank when filling up. But the car continued to shake/jerk when idling.. Well we took it back to the 2nd mechanic today, who did a more thorough look after the light kept coming on:

& there is a Leak in the exhaust valve in cylinder 1. & it is going to cost $1800- $2500 to fix!


It is a 2010 Ford Escape with 106k miles on it. We paid $1500 to have it transported here (boston to CA) when we moved a couple months ago.. We figured we would have this car at least another 5 years, and now this. UGH.

Should we just buy a new car? Is this worth repairing?

Advice please!

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Old 09-21-2015, 01:51 PM
 
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Still could be cheaper than a New or used car payment.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:53 PM
 
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Yeah, I would probably repair it. Trade value on it is almost nothing since it needs work.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:54 PM
 
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Still could be cheaper than a New or used car payment.
In the other thread I had posted people mentioned something like fixing parts of an older engine with so many miles may not be a good idea.... I'm clueless when it comes to these things so I have idea what to do. My hubby gets so stressed when he sees the price tag that he just focuses on that... I just want to make sure that it isn't pointless investing $2k into a piece of 5 year old engine that has over 100k miles on it
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:55 PM
 
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Yeah.. get the valve job done.. They've probably got upgraded parts for the repair so that you can be reasonably confident that it won't happen again. (Not that you might not have a transmission drop in 2 months, but)

Plus, you'll have a new head gasket in.. New valve cover gasket, which is probably leaking.. That's not a knock on the Escape or anything, just that about 90% of valve cover gaskets leak by 100k miles.

And.. It's the top end of the motor that will be worked on.. That's far less a problem than something on the lower end.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:56 PM
 
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Yeah, I would probably repair it. Trade value on it is almost nothing since it needs work.

Crap. Ugh. What if we paid to fix it, then traded it in? That way we aren't driving around a ticking time bomb of problems.. But dealership would give us $$$.. Or if we sold private party...
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:59 PM
 
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Yeah.. get the valve job done.. They've probably got upgraded parts for the repair so that you can be reasonably confident that it won't happen again. (Not that you might not have a transmission drop in 2 months, but)

Plus, you'll have a new head gasket in.. New valve cover gasket, which is probably leaking.. That's not a knock on the Escape or anything, just that about 90% of valve cover gaskets leak by 100k miles.
I pray nothing else goes!! Are Ford's reliable? Everyone I know with a Ford had to get rid of theirs within 6 years/100k miles... I had a Honda Civic which had nothing but routine maintenance until the very end of its ownership.. Nearly 11 years! Great car. I miss my Honda!
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:03 PM
 
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Dump it. Move on.
These cars are also known for having bad transmissions. Not all. But some.
Is this an AWD or FWD Escape?
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:05 PM
 
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dump it. Move on.
These cars are also known for having bad transmissions. Not all. But some.
Is this an awd or fwd escape?
fwd
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Hickory, NC
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My sister in law had an 08 Tribute (identical to the Escape) we sold recently. Got $6800 for it and it was in great shape with 98k miles. You might get $3k on a trade-in. If you get it fixed and then sell, you are probably looking at $8k-$9k maybe on a private party sale? My SIL's Tribute was FWD, but needed a set of tires badly. Tires are fairly cheap though if you buy them w/ rebates.

We also had it fully detailed right before we sold it. That sealed the deal, oddly enough. People really can't see past dirt and such on a used car. It's like people that complain about the color of the rooms in a house they're looking to buy.
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