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My girl is getting worried about our car.

Alright guys my girl has been worried about our car because we’ve got almost 211 thousand miles. She’s constantly asking me “what if it decides to quit” so we don’t get to do a lot of the things we want to do due to the car. Is there any way I can reassure her and myself that the one won’t randomly just die off? If it died we don’t have the money to drop on a new car. Should we be saving money, or should I just replace everything but the engine, transmission and stuff like that or what? Thank!
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Unfortunately replacing everything costs money, which is tight.
You could have a shop do an inspection and they will list everything that is worn/wrong with it. This would give you a good idea of its condition.
Take care of any strange noises when they appear, and make sure the fluids are changed at the proper intervals and checked multiple times in between.


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Its hard to say, was it taken care of before you got it? Have you taken care of it? I had a 2004 Impala that ran over 200K on the clock when I had it, some rust and the only really thing wrong with it was that the shift solenoid was giving me slow shifts. Pay attention to what your car is saying. I had a 01 Grand prix that had about 65K miles on it in 2015 and it left me stranded with a bad MAF sensor, it would start and make a grinding sound and die. I had it towed home(100$) and then when I unplugged the sensor it ran fine. Sometimes you get a car that goes and goes, and sometimes you get a pain in the ass that has to be fixed every 3-5K miles(grand prix) even though it had roughly 5-6K miles/year put on it.

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While I was driving home tonight I was going between 50 and 55 (keep in mind my car shifts at 20, 40, 60 and I assume 80) so I was between shifts and the best way I can describe it is my tires grabbed the road for a split second and kept on going, I didn’t slow down or anything and I had been going 50-55 for a while. Wasn’t sure what it was didn’t see anything in the road or anything like that.

How much would it cost to have a mechanic look at it and tell me what’s worn/wrong?


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While I was driving home tonight I was going between 50 and 55 (keep in mind my car shifts at 20, 40, 60 and I assume 80) so I was between shifts and the best way I can describe it is my tires grabbed the road for a split second and kept on going, I didn’t slow down or anything and I had been going 50-55 for a while. Wasn’t sure what it was didn’t see anything in the road or anything like that.
Were you cruising at 50-55 or accelerating to a higher speed. If accelerating, almost sounds like the transmission slipped. It could be something like a misfire...hard to say without feeling it in person. Any check engine light on? If you were just cruising, I would think the transmission would be in the 4th gear, at the very least 3rd. Your shift points seem strange unless you mean under decently hard acceleration (even then they are strange to be honest).

Do you need to do a lot of long distance driving? When money was tight for me, and I didn't NEED to do over 100 miles in any trip (just driving around town and to work) I just drove a beater, and kept a beater as backup. I like tinkering on cars, so it was easy for me to pick up a car for a few hundred dollars that needed a little bit of work. Put some time and a little bit of money into it getting it running while I was still driving the current car. Then if something went wrong with the current car, I had a backup. I could swap and decide if the other car was worth keeping (Fixing it up if cheap) or scrapping if it was something like the transmission. Obviously you need room to work on cars and store an extra car. You pay a little more to register two cars but I didn't have both insured. I would just transfer insurance when I would swap.

You would be surprised how reliable cars can be when they are well taken care of. A lot of people are scared of 200k+ mile cars, so they get rid of them for cheap. I drove quite a few cars from 200 to 250 or more with very little issues.
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It's *really* hard to "predict" car failures... You basically just have to drive the car and not worry about it - unless there is some specific "symptom".

Hell, I drove a $400 beater back and forth between Pennsylvania to Virginia every weekend for the longest time when I was "down and out".

I would just drive the car and perform normal maintenance and not worry about it - again, unless there is a specific symptom that draws your attention to it. Like I said, it's almost impossible to predict if and when you will have issues.

If you are really concerned, just get AAA - that way, if you or your girlfriend *do* breakdown, you can at least get it towed somewhere - plus they will help you out with things like jump-starting, flat tires, out-of-gas, etc.. I'd recommend the "Plus" plan as that gives you a MUCH better tow "range" (the standard plan has a VERY limited tow range).

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"Should we be saving money"
Yes, especially if you have very high mileage.

"Is there any way I can reassure her and myself that the one won’t randomly just die off"
Not with that high of mileage, but you can assure yourselves that the maintenance items are "up to snuff'."
Coolant/fluids/brakes/tires etc.
A scan of the engine data parameters is useful to see if any error codes are likely to set.
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Were you cruising at 50-55 or accelerating to a higher speed. If accelerating, almost sounds like the transmission slipped. It could be something like a misfire...hard to say without feeling it in person. Any check engine light on? If you were just cruising, I would think the transmission would be in the 4th gear, at the very least 3rd. Your shift points seem strange unless you mean under decently hard acceleration (even then they are strange to be honest).



Do you need to do a lot of long distance driving? When money was tight for me, and I didn't NEED to do over 100 miles in any trip (just driving around town and to work) I just drove a beater, and kept a beater as backup. I like tinkering on cars, so it was easy for me to pick up a car for a few hundred dollars that needed a little bit of work. Put some time and a little bit of money into it getting it running while I was still driving the current car. Then if something went wrong with the current car, I had a backup. I could swap and decide if the other car was worth keeping (Fixing it up if cheap) or scrapping if it was something like the transmission. Obviously you need room to work on cars and store an extra car. You pay a little more to register two cars but I didn't have both insured. I would just transfer insurance when I would swap.



You would be surprised how reliable cars can be when they are well taken care of. A lot of people are scared of 200k+ mile cars, so they get rid of them for cheap. I drove quite a few cars from 200 to 250 or more with very little issues.


I was cruising at 50-55. I just had my spark plugs and wires changed a few months ago. Could it still misfire?

I do have a check engine light on but it’s for an evap fuel pressure sensor or something like that. I tested the shifting before I got home and I was just accelerating normally and it was 20 40 and then I hit the speed limit and stopped accelerating.

I live out in the country so I drive 14 miles one way to town and then 14 back. But if we want to go to the bigger city it’s about 20 miles.

Getting a beater vehicle might be something for us to look into.


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When I had shift issues, I had two Impalas. A 04 with 200K with the 3.4L V6. That one would shift, but it would take a second or two, like it was really slow on shifting to the next gear.

The second was a 05, 3.8 Regular V6 with 175K miles, that one would HARD shift, it would shift right away and it would be a huge jerk into gear. It would also slow shift like before, but not as often. The 04 would do it almost every drive from 1-2 and 2-3 gears, but not always. The 2005 with the 3.8 also hit a guard rail and should of been totaled but no insurance to cover it, so I got it real cheap and only had to put a battery in it all winter long(beater 100%).
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