Well crap! I really have a dilemma. The Focus is almost dead. Is it worth it to try and resurrect it?
Here is where we stand on everything and it may seem pretty clear cut but there are some other things at work too.
The Kia is our "good" car. It is a 2004 Amanti and it is a sweet ride. It is paid for which makes it even nicer but it gets terrible gas mileage. TERRIBLE! Maybe 20 MPG, it looks great but my heart sinks every time I have to step on the gas cuz I know I just spent $7. It has about 78000 miles on it. So it is no spring chicken.
The poor white, once smashed, 1999 Chevy lumina is still going strong. It has a new transmission but has 158000 miles on it. On a good day, we can get about 22 MPG. This is the kid's car. Yes, I know to hell with the kids in desperate times but still. Anna is going away to college so she doesn't need a car so I should just drive it. The problem is in about a year and a half, DJ will need a car. Well not need a car but we gave Anna the car to drive to school(1.5 miles away) if she stayed on the honor roll(which is going to pay off because she will be getting college scholarship money) and had a job to pay for her car insurance. I can't do for one and not the other. I just won't do it.
And then there is the Focus. I'm thinking about just calling it the f*** us car. We are $1200 in repairs and no closer to fixing it. It has a brand new motor in it and the body is in really great shape. It also gets over 30 MPG. It will need a transmission in the near future. I really don't mind putting money into the car but I'm not going to waste money on a dead car either. No one can figure out what is wrong with it. At times, it thinks its a race car and the engine races out of control or it isn't getting gas at all. We have had it to transmission places, mechanics and the Ford dealer. No one has a clue. Everyone is just throwing parts at it, us included. Den is a car guy and is at a loss. A friend said he will stop over and list all of the codes that it is spitting out. Even though this has been done half a dozen times, Den is going to go over everything. He said he will try and figure it out and see if it can't be fixed for a few more bucks. Famous last words!
So here is the problem, it is costing us $100 extra a month in gas for Den to drive the Kia. I see that as wasted money and would rather that money go towards a car. If we get another car, we would have to finance it. And I would hate to have another bill especially when Anna is going to college and we don't know what kind of impact it will have on our budget. A new car also means higher car insurance. Getting rid of the focus will drop our car insurance a bit(maybe $30 a month) but not enough to cover the extra money for the gas. Please help! I know I should be able to make a decision by now but I seem to be stuck. At what point, do you give up on the f*** us and say no more money?