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Have a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix with 176,000 (many highway) miles on it. How do you know when its time to get a new car or keep repairing? Transmission rebuilt at 150,000, new exhaust, & front brakes. Needs new sway bar. The last 12 months repairs adding up.

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Mary, You need to decide how much money is too much. If you feel you could be better served buying a new car. It sounds like you've done some major work and it may be good for a while. Unfortunately a vehicle with that many miles is always susceptible to a possible repair. The best thing to do is to price out a new car and then decide if you would rather make payments on it, or hope that your old car is fixed for a while. Lori

Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Mary, Make sure you weigh the value of the vehicle and repairs versus a new vehicle and payments before you make your decision. Check out our expert's answers!

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