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Subject: Re: Problems with my Sentra Date: 9/29/2011 3:45 PM
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"On any vehicle, you can expect to get hit with $1,500 worth of repairs every two or three years. That's just the price of wear and tear."

Half of what dealers recommend is 'wallet cleaning'. recommending transmission flushes (useless).....and other such none sense..oh, right ...'injector cleaning'...... and similar.

Run the car to five years or 100K miles. take it in to have the plugs changed...... don't touch the transmission.

I had a 94 Buick LeSabre......ran 204K miles....then it needed trnasmission work..8 years old.....in that time, it went through two alternators (GM ones crapped out at 70K) and one water pump and a Master Cyclinder. Had the brakes done once.

I had a 2001 LeSabre..ran it to 227,000 miles in 8 years. It ate the transmission at 165,000 miles. Brakes replaces at 135,000. Only failures in 8 years. Replaced tires and one battery.

NOw have 2007 Malibu......70K miles...just had transmission repair..the six speed didn't want to stay in 6th gear..they replaced the TCM under warranty. Only problem in 2 1/2 years. Expect it should go 200K miles with no problems Oh, I might have to buy a new battery after 5 years.

You buy a car from Japan..most require 30K, 60K, 90K work....timing belts...his adjustment...that adjustment. Get set for $500 a year in maintenece.

Buy a good Chevy or GM product (not the cheap end of the line).

You got to be nuts to be trading a 3 1/2 year old car in........

When you figure that not spending 1500 on repairs is going to 'save' you anything, you got rocks in your head. Big ones. You'll lose that much selling or trading in the old car - it really needed those repairs, right (ho ho ).....

I kept a 1990 Honda to 170K miles and 17 years.......maintenance probably averaged less than $300/yr including changing tires and buying two new batteries in that time frame. Biggest expense was timing belt at 95K miles - like $500.

Nissans have a reputation for lousy tire sensors. Find out which is bad and buy an aftermarket sensor at any good tire dealer and fix the problem. or replace all 4.

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