Should I fix it or sell it?
I'm looking for honest advice. I have a 2001
Mercury Villager v-6 van....loaded. It has new tires
and it's near mint condition. It has 240,000 miles
and here's the kicker. I got it from a Monastery only
which Nuns and Priests drove it, on the grounds of
the Monastery. It occasionally made a trip tobthe
airport otherwise it was driven on the grounds. I
have every single service record to the vehicle from
oil changes to tire rotation.....they took care of it
and gifted it to me in which I'm going to do the
same for a needy family at Christmas. So, what's
wrong? It just quit on the freeway.....thinking timing
belt. I had a Nissan Quest that did the same....had
non interference engine so it was an easy fix.
Same goes for this Mercury. So question is....is it
worth it and how much should I be willing to
spend. This van still has the plastic around the tv
console and the inside is brand new other than a
little wear on the driver's seat. Thanks in advance
for any input.......Vance
240,000 miles in 18 years: if my math is correct, that's over 13,000 miles per year, and that's about average for any car. And that's a LOT of miles for just tooling around a monastery..... Even if it's in great condition, the van's worth maybe $2,000 tops; with newish tires. If you fix the problems, you'll spend way more than it's worth. If you want to gift the van, you probably should fix it up, but where does expenditure top-out for charity? It probably would be better to let it go now to someone mechanically inclined who would appreciate a project car. Then, get another car for that Christmas charitable endowment.
I should add It could be something electrical as well. I just know from having the Nissan Quest timing belt break, that when I tried starting it, it made a different sound than normal. Again, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
The van only had 45k on it when i got it 4 yrs ago. I've driven it all over the country.
Sounds like it was quite reliable and you got very good results with the van. It's future, however, isn't so bright. As I said, the van's probably worth less than $2,000. If you don't mind putting more than that into it, it still probably won't go that many more miles. The van was a blessing; now it's not.
Thanks, Ed. A good and honest answer. Indeed a blessing.
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