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Old 11-01-2008, 08:32 PM   #1
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150K - what do I need to do?

I'm fast approaching 150K and I'm a novice in repairs. I replaced my rear springs today (broke the endlink in the process, but learned a lot), but aside from that, I haven't done anything more than change the oil or the air filter. What should I do? Do I bring in to the dealer and get cleaned out, or are there things I can/should do myself???
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:41 PM   #2
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belt and coolant system (2 hoses, expansion tank, part that holds the expansion tank, thermostat, water pump)

power steering fluid (cheap and easy)

transmission fluid

differential fluid

shocks/struts, front control arms and bushings, sway bar end links

Please let us know if you need more.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:50 PM   #3
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buy a new car
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:52 PM   #4
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Search "Kpeng" and his maintenance guide... he has everything covered...
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:54 PM   #5
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He's okay.

You don't want to do everything at once. But do the coolant system one day. The next month, do the transmission fluid and diff. A couple of months later do the suspension, etc.

But if you pay someone else to do it, then yes, buy a new car.

Have fun!
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:15 AM   #6
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He's okay.

You don't want to do everything at once. But do the coolant system one day. The next month, do the transmission fluid and diff. A couple of months later do the suspension, etc.

But if you pay someone else to do it, then yes, buy a new car.

Have fun!
The car is actually running fine, which I guess is surprising for 150K! You think these are all things somebody who hasn't done a lot of DIY can handle?
And you think the coolant should come first?
Many thanks!!
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:01 PM   #7
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You can make it! I always tell my friends it's like a Lego for real men, hahah

Just do your homework, buy parts online, have your tools, get your bentley manual, and online DIYs. You will save a ton of money and you will learn a lot! I found working on my car pretty rewarding...
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