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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-25-2019, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Maybe I am just grumpy, and I'll keep it. But... bringing it up to $8k once fixed, seems odd, because if I continue to use it and in 3-5 years, it has 200k km's on it, it won't be worth $8k.
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Also, I could buy a smart pure at $2k as I've been online looking for an engine.
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Sadly the resale value on a smart is dismal at best. Most cars are a losing proposition as they get older and don't usually increase in value until years later when they become classic cars.Once you drive them off the new car lot, they start losing value. The market was flooded with Car2go vehicles and that drove the price down considerably. A replacement motor is probably your best bet and the cost is not cheap. These cars are not for everyone and for most families, they don't work, or if you need to handle a load of stuff, they don't work. They are truly a specialty car. If it fits your needs, they are a great car! I loved each one of mine , and would own then again. But I do have other cars available if I need passenger space, or need to move a load. On my 3rd smart...
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I really do love my little car. It is PERFECT for my lifestyle. I like to explore, and to adventure, and although I cannot off road in it, though I've never done that before. I have also just dreamt for years about a little short box truck.



I just have been trying to decide which way I should go. Currently, the two part time jobs I work, if I don't give full open availability to one, well, I often sleep over night on the staff couch just to work the 4am shift in a grocery store, cuz that is the best job I could get right now. The city transit ends at 2am, and doesn't start until about 5am.. It sure would be nice to have a vehicle again to have a healthier nights sleep, and not have to spend on car2go to get to jobs. I just worked a triple back to back. Plus, I could potentially get a a full time 40 hours/week day job with a vehicle, cuz those are the walls I keep running into.



If I had the use of this car right now, I'd move cities, and buy a roof top tent, and live in a camp site just for work.



I love to take pictures, though never had education in it, and no real camera to speak of, and this car is my best little bud making my photography life more possible.


I am now at a place where I am working as much as I can to pay this mechanic to rebuild the engine and I hope he can, but he's not given me a quote. He just keeps telling me he is not going to charge me, but I am not like that, I work hard for things. I am also smack in the middle of an application for a program - of which I will likely move to that city just to have a better chance, and I pray I have a car....lol
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These cars can actually do some decent offroading given some good tyres. I took my mostly stock 2012 on an offroad rally last year. It went mudding, had a couple water crossings, and I even got it down a rock wall! So long as your offroading doesn't need an insane ground clearance (rock crawling) or 4x4 (deep mud, deep snow, etc), it's a little beast!

Of course, I wouldn't recommend doing any hard offroading often as you'll basically wear everything out quickly.

As for your engine, honestly you're stuck between a rock and a hard place. The car's value will not appreciate much (if at all) after the engine swap. Yes, the new engine will have lower miles, however even low mile 2009s are only worth about what you originally paid for the car. So spending money on the engine is a massive gamble and the market isn't in your favour.

My advice? The path of least resistance. Do whatever is the cheapest way to get yourself some working wheels.
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Was going to park the car out at my dad's, as I just got it back, made it to two shifts with it, know I shouldn't be driving it, some other weird sounds coming from it when the brakes are applied, but figured maaaybe I would drive it until it quite or something ( cuz it's freaking turning on!?!?!), as I was JUST deciding this today, the mercedes foreman mechanic texts me to say he's found an engine for $850. I don't know how many kilometers. or what kind of shape it is in, but yea, I'm buyin' it.


!!!JUST FREAKIN ECSTATIC!!!



Also, a new ft job - ish... dependent on weather. Supposed to be 45 hours/week.



Wish me Luck!
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