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Unread 08-08-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default Repair or buy a "new" used car.

Hello everyone,

My current car got in an accident and had a twisted frame so she gone now.

So that is what brings us to this thread. My budget is between 5-7k

I have two options.

A. Buy a used car, possibly inherent unforeseen problems.


B. Fix up my old 1991 Camaro RS (60k milage) that has been sitting in the garage for the last 10 years.

I was the second owner of the car and it ran really well for me. Only problem was that the fuel pump went out (was replaced). And also that the gas gauge never work.

I went to college and the car has sat in a garage untouched for 10 years. I have friends who would do the work for beer. So labor would not be an issue.

I assume a lot of stuff will have to be replaced in order for her to run again. Here is a list of what I've thought of...

Fuel Pump
MasterPro® Belt/Hose - Serpentine Belt
Tension Belt
Idler Belts
Oil Hose
Radiator Hose
Air Filer
Fuel Filter
Oil Filer
Oil, brake fluids

(Priced just under 1k for everything listed above)

I am not the well versed in car mechanics so just trying to figure out which would be better. Fix my car that I would love to drive again, or buy a used car that hasn't been sitting for 10 years. Which would be the wiser decision money wise. Is there anything that should be replaced on the Camaro that I don't have on this list?

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Sitting for many years is not good for a car. It's very possible you'd get into it and find a lot more bad. Wiring, etc could be infested with mice. Engine could be shot from sitting. Etc.
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Just do a full rebuil/restoration on you beloved old car! Save up a few thousand and just go to town on it. And when its all done up it will be like new, but better because when you rplace some parts you can buy the better aftermarket parts for more performance...
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I've read stories about people restoring this car and it costing them 10-12k. Not sure if that's because they were buying better aftermarket parts or if this is the norm for restoring a car.

I'm just worried that we might find something wrong with it that would cost the price to skyrocket quickly...

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If you were to buy a high end crate engine for it, that would make sense, but if you do the work yourself and repair the existing parts, it shouldn't get anywhere near that.
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