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1. First, don't get depressed and kill yourself. If you are even 10% serious, then there are more important places to point your attention than transportation.

2. No idea what to do with the Bronco, except to say what everyone else is saying: find a mechanic you can trust, and have it evaluated. If its junk, and you can't sell it, consider donating it away for a tax deduction, if you are in need of one. Otherwise, you may want to do a cost/benefit analysis of paying for the repair, but then selling the SUV.

3. Although I like $500 beaters (I had 2 Ford Fairmonts in a row), BUT they can be a real pain to license, get rid of, etc... As an alternative, is saying that a 1990 Taurus with a V6 and 70,000 should price out at $2300. No love of Fords here, but they made a TON of these vehicles, so one would hope that there are plenty of mechanics who know how to fix it. Need more room? Move up to a Crown Victoria with similar specs and pay about $100 more. Low miles do not mean that components have not deteriorated, but it gives you a better shot than cars with over 100,000 miles on them. And they can be found.

4. Is there any way to avoid hitting your savings, and especially your 401K? Would you be able to stand the bus for six months if you knew you were saving towards a new set of wheels?
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