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1988 Nissan Sentra 1.6L 2-Door Coupe.


Whew! The car itself has ~134,500 miles on it, the engine (from my old Nissan) has about 10,000 less than that, but with all the work done she should last another 100,000 or so hopefully (if not more considering the tranny is mostly new... knock on wood). It's kind of funny, actually; the engine at this point is the block from an '89, and the rest of the parts are about half from an '85 and half from an '88. Franken-engine!

I know that overall this isn't that much money for a car, but still, that being said, it's come to be a lot more expensive than I originally anticipated. These cars are little troopers but this one took some TLC (and cash. mostly cash.) to get into that sweet spot:

100.00 ... pre-purchase inspection
650.00 ... the car itself
61.14 ... Cash Advance fees (Lesson learned, don't do this. lol)
1,585.07 ... pull and drop engines, rebuild tranny, clutch parts&labor, bunch of other new parts
46.09 ... new oil, replace all fuses, PCV filter and some other small items
18.54 ... other minor items needed from an autoparts store
15.00 ... Emissions test (I passed)
127.08 ... new tabs and plates, plus fees & taxes related to sale [Licensing office]
398.39 ... replace vacuum lines, new spark plugs & fuel filter, valve adjustments
108.20 ... cost to fix the issue with the Fuel and Temp gauges not working - was 56$ minimum labor charge and the rest was tax and charge for the part. part was a voltage regulator / reducer in the dash instrument panel.
10.92 .. some minor stuff from NAPA Auto Parts
225.78 ... some more mechanic work

Total So Far = $3371.21 US



06/22/09 EDIT: Still haven't gotten Extended Warranty coverage
on it. Will be working on that soon...

Secondly I still have to get the tires switched out (last car had really nice tires on it, $400 because they are 85k tires and I got Siping done on them) and get the Alignment done.


Edited by Sduibek - 6/14/14 at 8:16pm
post #2 of 15
That's not too bad and those are good little cars. A friend had one he called the Black Death (due to peeling paint) and had something like 263,000 miles on it.

How are the brake pads and master cylinder? If you haven't changed the pads, you can DIY those without too much trouble or cost. If they haven't been replaced lately, it's cheaper than repairing the discs and drums. I'd also go with a new set of plugs and wires if you haven't done those already.

Still, those are good cars and if you get five or six years out of it (and you should) your investment will seem like a bargain.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sduibek View Post
1988 Nissan Sentra 1.6L 2-Door Coupe.
Grand Total = $2630.41 US
Not too bad if that's everything it needed. My '71 El Camino runs great, but the day I get around to fixing it up like it needs to be the whole operation is going to cost me ten grand and take a year to finish.
post #4 of 15
Don't sound all too bad to me, really!
Especially not if its now in condition for another 100,000 miles. Japanese cars are quite reliable indeed.
post #5 of 15
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Updated the OP.
post #6 of 15
Very informative. Thanks for sharing this one.
post #7 of 15
The price is not bad, hopefully nothing unexpected shows up. Buying used is worth while because a new car loses soo much value once you drive it off the parking lot!
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Edited by Sduibek - 6/14/14 at 8:18pm
post #9 of 15
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Updated the OP.


To-Dos:
* Alignment on tires
* Switch out tires (see bottom of the OP)
* Extended Warranty coverage... I want to protect my investment of 3 and a half grand :P
* New windshield
post #10 of 15
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To-Dos:
* Alignment on tires
* Switch out tires (see bottom of the OP)
* Extended Warranty coverage... I want to protect my investment of 3 and a half grand :P
* New windshield
How do you plan on purchasing extended warranty coverage for your car?
post #11 of 15
how much did you pay for the car (like whats the total amount the car sold for)? that list makes it look like you are paying per month or you paid it off in two months, this mixes me up.

the list sounds like your having mechanics do the labor work, screw that and do it yourself. only way your going to learn and you will probably appreciate the car much more (plus with the Internet handy, any problem can be answered and told how to fix it).

also look online before you buy at NAPA if you can spare the time in getting the part, esp eBay..you should save more money.

forget the Warranty and do the work yourself, any repair that costs the amount the warranty does then get rid of the car. warranty is for new or fairly new cars but not a freaking 1988 Sentra. forget about protecting the car other then insurance and a good coat of wax..speaking of which i dont see no wax on that list. keep her clean and wax her, she is yours..show her some love

do the work yourself and have a ball, she can last you another 100K
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by HiGHFLYiN9 View Post
How do you plan on purchasing extended warranty coverage for your car?
There are companies that cover it for 100,000 miles from current Odometer reading, regardless if it's very high or not.


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how much did you pay for the car (like whats the total amount the car sold for)?
About 675$US, paid in two payments but don't remember why

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the list sounds like your having mechanics do the labor work, screw that and do it yourself. only way your going to learn and you will probably appreciate the car much more (plus with the Internet handy, any problem can be answered and told how to fix it).
Yeah, I hear you, but some of the work I just don't have the patience for. No way i'm going to do a pull-&-drop on engine blocks or major tranny work.
post #13 of 15
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There are companies that cover it for 100,000 miles from current Odometer reading, regardless if it's very high or not.
I'd advise you to do some research on whatever company you decide to go with on this. Make sure they cover the repairs that you expect will come up.
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I'd advise you to do some research on whatever company you decide to go with on this. Make sure they cover the repairs that you expect will come up.
+++

There are so many scams out there with this I think it is only second to the Nigerians

Good deal on the car though. I purchased a 2000 Neon for $1,300.00 and so far have put 40k miles (total 175k) on it and only did 4 tires, PM, and just spent $120.00 replacing drums, shoes, springs, cylinders, and lines on the rear brakes. Averaging about $.08 mile so far!
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Which of this kind of stuff would be covered by Comprehensive coverage on an insurance policy?
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