Did buy a timing belt component kit with the belt, two idlers, and the tensioner, the top idler was in pieces, with that plastic that let the belt be loose that tore off two teeth off the belt under the crankshaft gear. But I kept myself blind to other problems in her car. Did that yesterday with a survey, entire car is a disaster, reason why her AC quit working last summer, a hose was rotted off. And that is just the beginning, with any argument from her or my wife, decided to dump this car, worse thing around here is unibody rust and the back end of her car is bad, getting to the point where the rear axle can fall off.
I divided what we got in her car by the mileage, works out to a depreciation of 6.4 cents per mile, that is dirt cheap in these times. Recall a few years back I was at my Buick dealers with four three year Park Avenues with each with only 30K miles on them and retail prices of $12,000.00. I know for a fact he only gave around 6,000 bucks trade in on these cars, and the Park Avenues had a stricter price of $40,000. Meaning the previous owners paid $34,000 for 30,000 miles or $1.13 per mile, would almost be cheaper if they took a cab.
Between 1980 and 1990, my ex father-in-law would call me down to deal for a new car every two years, always told him to take it easy on his cars, was a rough driver always in a hurry to go no where. I am good at dealing. Over that ten year period, added up was he paid in trade up value and quickly learned he paid more of those cars than his house!
So where did they come up with a vehicle is your second most important investment? A safer investment would be in gold mine in Wisconsin!
Last year her car was in pretty good shape, she took it to a shop to get it into first class condition with a $2,770 quote, I did everything on that quote in less than a day for $700 and that was with a non-working right hand. Swear the sheet metal in these cars are timed to change back into its natural form, her car really went to hell this last year. Time to get rid of it. Her town does have public transportation, she agreed to use that until we can find something decent. My GM card girl tells me some big rebates are coming next month, see what happens. We can buy a new car for us and give her our Cavalier.