I recently learned my beloved Ford Explorer, "Dora", has an internal transmission issue (will not know exactly what until they "open her up"), a rear engine seal leak and a leaking thermostat housing. It has about 93,000 miles, but everything else works perfectly(power windows/locks/AC/starter/etc). In the past 2.5 years, I have invested in $1700 of repairs to bring it emissions compliant, got a new radiator ($565), new set of tires last year ($1,000), new windshield($200), new radio/cd/mp3 ($375), new ceramic rear brakes/rotors installed ($500), rear differential repair ($1,800), and a transmission flush ($140)[I believe that is everything! :-)] in addition to regular oil changes. The repairs to fix the current woes will run me between $3,800 and $5,000 depending on where I go - does it makes sense to further invest in this vehicle (I really LOVE my car!) or should I bid my dear Dora a tearful goodbye and get a new car?
I discussed this with one our top techs and we agree that Dora could be a "keeper". The rear main seal can be replaced easily with the transmission out of the car, usually very little labor and a $30-40 seal. The transmission overhaul should not cost more than $22-2400 any more than that and find someone else. The average repair cost on a car out of warranty and with 75+k miles is around $1-1500 a year. If you love the car and don’t relish car payments, yes… fix her up :o)
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〉 Answered on Jan 17th, 2012 by Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service