How much repair costs is too much? When is enough enough??
I have a 1993 Ford Ranger XL V6 3.0 170,xxx miles. I bought this truck last March with 150,000 on it. Purchased the truck in Orlando, Florida. Drove it all around central FL. Then hauled everything I own from Orlando to Harrisburg, pa where I now live. As far as I know this is the first Winter this truck has ever been through and boy has it kicked the sh*t out of it. I spent $1,000 dollars in November/December getting the Head gaskets, Manifold gaskets, Oil pan gaskets, Valve cover gaskets and clutch fan replaced. It ran fine up until 3 - 4 days ago when I noticed clutch problems now, it's extremely difficult to shift into 1st and reverse and when I finally get it into gear the truck pulls on its own now like I'm slowly releasing off the clutch even though it's fully engaged. I don't think my transmission is having any issues, I think it's my slave cylinder. (and hope thats all) So I'm taking it back to the shop tomorrow for a $50 inspection on the transmission. Whatever they fix they will credit that towards so that's good, and it's also good I'm getting my tax return tomorrow too so I can afford this procedure. How much is a new slave cylinder assuming thats all it needs in my Ranger? Since I've put this money into it I don't want to junk it. I want to keep this truck for a few more years, it even has sentimental value because it's the first pick up I've ever owned and it's the only vehicle I've ever had for more than a year without the engine blowing up. So what would you guys do? Junk it? Fix it? Given my situation.