If you've been reading here, you know I've spent just over $2000 on repairs and maintenance on my 17 year old suv. I had the water pump system replaced, the brakes were redone and a new battery in the past 5 months. The intention has been to keep it until December of this year and then trade it in or sell towards a new car. A few weeks ago we had some rather warmish days that prompted me to turn on the a/c, only to discover that it's not working.
I think I'm not the only one who is discovering that although it worked last summer, it's not now. The first shop informed me that Isuzu is no longer manufacturing the part needed to repair the a/c. So they want to have a machine shop make one. Those repairs would cost me over $800. The second shop will send the naughty part to someone for repair and that would cost just over $500.
The problem is I also discovered that the passenger side head gasket is leaking ~ and probably has been for the last six months. Maybe even longer. The repair bill for that is over $3000 with the first shop. I didn't even ask the second shop for an estimate.
These repairs are more than it's worth. That's the simple truth. If I wanted to drive it for 20,000 more miles, I would think more on doing it. Instead I want to escalate the purchase of something else. And have decided to buy a used vehicle instead. The timing of this is so unfortunate. My family is coming in a few weeks, and my Rodeo will be an uncomfortable ride now that the temp's are in the high 70s and low 80s. So far.
I can be guaranteed I won't get much for it ~ and I don't want to sell it outright to some poor unsuspecting soul, who probably doesn't have the $$ for the repair of the head gasket.
But in the meantime I'm going to be one hot momma. Unless I decide to fix the a/c. But I don't want to plunk $500 into it. Not sure what I will do.