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My 97 3.8 has $2,000 to $3,000 body damage at right front:
fender, hood, bumper, headlight. Repair is out of my pocket.

Frame & alignment are not touched. Car drives the same.

Car has 77,000 miles. I bought it at 9 months old, 17,000
miles Hertz car. It's always been garaged.

Concerned whether major mechanical expenses may
arise in the next year or so, such as:
3.8 head gaskets (no problem so far)
Transmission (flush cured torque converter slippage at 55,000 miles)
Engine mounts
Heater/radiator
Anti-lock brakes
Rear end
Others?

Recently retail was high $6,000s and wholesale was high $2,000s

Interested in opinions: fix or give it away for tax writeoff?
(retail minus body repair estimate = mid $4,000s, for a total tax
reduction in the middle $ teens)
 

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well make offers to sell it as is...see how much u can get...
 

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how mechaincal are you? if your know your way around a car you can fix it yourself, just get a used hood, a fender new or used, new or aftermarket bumpercover , pay a shop to just paint thsoe parts and hang every thing yourself. these cars are really easy to do body panels on. oh get new or aftermarket lights. and header. ,, i could make you deal on stuff thru work , but shipping out to md isnt going to be cheap for that stuff.
 

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I've thought of fixing it myself, but did not think of painting before assembly. The front edge of the right door has lost some paint from the fender moving back against the door. And I may scratch the major body parts during assembly.

My biggest concern is the bad reputation of the 3.8 engine for head gasket leaks. What's the story on that for 1997's?
 

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i wouldnt worry ona 97 its not as prevelant as the earlier cars. as long as you take of it it shouldnt give you any problems, my 90 couagr had 170,000 with original hg before it smoked a bearing.
 
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