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Repair or replace my 1999 Grand Marquis LS
Like to ask for your opinion on whether I should replace my 1999 Grand Marquis LS or purchase a newer car. Purchased it in 2008 and had new tires, brakes, and a tune-up done. At the time of purchase it had 85,000 miles on it and it now has 172,387. The engine has an oil leak (think it is leaking from the oil filter gasket) and after rotating the tires last month it started pulling slightly to the right. I switched the front tires around and it pulls less to the right since I did that. Others that I spoke with (not mechanics but backyard mechanics) tell me to get rid of it (body is in great shape). They tell me it will need a wheel alignment, shocks, tie rod ends, ball joints, and I know that the engine oil leak will have to be repaired. When I look at the cost of a newer car to use as our second car the prices are nuts! I've looked at 2008 through 2012 and the prices range from $7,000 to over $21,000 depending on the make and model of the car. Can you please tell me your opinion what should be replaced on the Grand Marquis and the estimated cost of everything, if possible, or do you think I should bite the bullet and just purchase a newer car? I love this Grand Marquis. It has been very good for all these years and we have maintained it well. Thank you very much for your time and help!