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none of the above?
 

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but why not? what would you suggest. gas is mighty expensive here, so it needs to be something small, and unless i get another cougar/thunderbird. I'm not going to like the car anyways
 

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Dude fix your car and learn how at the same time. Its what the board is here for. And I'd choose none of the above as well. Think of the depreciation you're eating(its strait lost money) when you buy something newer.
 

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i would fix the car, but it's far to gone. Every week something breaks down... body is rusted out, suspension is gone, and the rear end is about to blow. If i had a 4.6L i would fix it and keep it. But it's just a LS with the 3.8, so it's not really worth it. Engine and tranny are awesome. but the rest is slowly going down hill...
 

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Pay now or pay later the solution is you and your brain. Learn to do the work either on this car or another but don't pay a dealer, its not solving the problem. It takes time and I know not enough has the luxury but DIY is the only way to go. Get another old car and fix it up right. Think of the extra insurance cost over gas. I managed to cut my insurance down to 28 bux a month because I drive safe and I'm 28. Now if I had chosen to driven a newish car, the tags and insurance would go up high enough to buy another car every 2 years. AZ is nasty high insurance and tags with newer car/trucks and thief friendly models. The t-bird is rated really low on insurance and tags. Get another similar bird and fix it up is what I'd do. And swap out the engine and trans into it. Making payments is worse just trust me on that. Remember pay now or pay later, at least DIY learns you something you can take away to another car and another etc.
 

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I have to agree with splattered. I was going to go for buying a newer car but instead I'm going to take the money I would have put into paying for insurance and a car and I'm putting it into building a sweet suspension. I'd say if you really like your car but want something better then sell yours (or junk it, whatever works best) and try to find one with recently rebuilt suspension. Same insurance rate, no payments, and a decent suspension too. Fuel mileage in these cars isn't too bad. Especially being that they are mid-size coupes. The fuel mileage between the v6 and the v8 isn't much different either, so definitely go for a 4.6 car.
 

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ya. I would go for a 4.6 if there were some for sale around here. but that pretty much leaves my 3.8 engine and tranny to garbage. And to have mine to be any use, it would have to be a 89 or 90 cougar or thunderbird since it's a aod tranny. and the 3.8's changed year to year. If i could get a 97 cougar for cheap (cheapest one i found was 6k) i would probably snatch it up. But dont forget gas prices are much higher here, and are only going up. But with my back problems i need a nicer riding car.
 

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but why not? what would you suggest. gas is mighty expensive here, so it needs to be something small, and unless i get another cougar/thunderbird. I'm not going to like the car anyways
gas is expensive and a car payment isnt?
 

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gas is expensive and a car payment isnt?
it is also. But car payments stop after a while, while gas just keeps going up and up. Plus then i would have a nicer car. something i can say is mine. But i still love my cougar. and really want to keep it
 

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i would do that mister_t. But the 1500 i could get for it would knock alot of car payments. What i want to do is find a nice 1996 1997 and just drive that all the time. I love the front ends on those
 

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Throw the cougar away and get a new cougar/bird/mark.

That's what I did the last two times. I am on my third one (none of the three cost me more than $1500) and it's the nicest one yet, and I have a very nice stash of parts for it should anything ever go wrong.

Given that you are in canada, might I suggest Suzuki SX4 sport crossover? 5MT, 4WD, not a subaru, good fuel econ, and under $16k USD to join the party.

I might suggest just buying a thunderbird... Porkchop down here is selling his aluminum-PI engined, SCT tuned, j-modded, rust-free 97 thunderbird for 2700. You'd just have to head down to SoCal to get it! XD

But in all seriousness consider a 4wd Suzuki or Subaru... unless it doesn't snow in your part of canada.
 

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yea.... with an undocumented engine swap.... those are always fun come registration time in select states.
 

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too many miles ( i guess its miles) on the optra
it's actually kilometers, not miles.

and since they actually just closed down my call center... time for a new job, and i'm definatly not buying another car until i have another job
 

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