i have a 1996 Nissan Altima with 107,000 miles. i've taken good care of the car though she's banged up here and there by jerks. i just had to spend $500 for the exhaust system and i just got word that the A/C compressor is on its last legs. to fix the A/C would be ~$1400. i'll also need 2 new tires in the next few months. i read some where that you should keep an old car going as long as it runs and you spend less than $2000/yr on repairs. well i'm quickly reaching the $2000 mark. i like my little car and she's been good to me. i don't want to get rid of her but i'm not sure pouring more and more money into her is the best way to go either.
that said, i'm not in the best position to get a new car. i have 2 more semesters of grad school til i get my MURP and then a job (i hope!!)
any suggestions on what i should do? keep the old car going? get a newer used car?
having no car isn't an option at this point of my life because of distance to school, night classes, drivers who aim at cyclists, and the fact that my BF lives 110 miles away.