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Chevy Malibu Repair or Junk?

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by Slammed90Lude, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Slammed90Lude

    Slammed90Lude Senior Member

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    So I'm asking here, because I don't really know where else I would ask. A friend of mine has a 1998 Chevy Malibu with 150k miles on it. This past week, the camshaft broke, literally in two pieces. Oh well, that's chevy quality for ya.

    Anyway, he's wondering what the best COA would be. The car isn't worth much, probably about $4k in great, running condition. Replacing the engine would be costly and probably not worth it, but he isn't sure.

    What is everyone's opinion on what he might do? I was wondering if the came snapped, but the pistons didn't sustain damage, popping a new head on the motor might be the solution, but I'm not sure of the extent of the damage.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions guys.

    -Corie
     
  2. 801CRX

    801CRX Got Rice?

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    I say fix it!!!
     
  3. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    Did he destroy any of the valves? Head? pistons? I mean, a broken cam is a broken cam - replace it and be done with it. If he fucked the pistons/head I say junk the car.
     
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    cheese9988 Senior Member VIP

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    Its just a camshaft. Fix it and sell the car.
     
  5. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    - call Wil, have him drive it, thus either burning it, flipping it, or getting it stolen for you, claim insurance.
    - "forget" the parking brake, and have it roll into something like a brick wall. claim insurance
    - cut it in pieces with a sawzall, throw it away in a dumpster. call cops, claim stolen, claim insurance.



















    of course, i'm joking.
     
  6. asmallsol

    asmallsol Super Moderator

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    Is the body in good condition? I bet you could find a used engine on ebay or a junkyard for 500 bucks and do it yourself. Its not like those 3.8's or 3.5 (what ever is in there) is a highly prised engines.
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    can you do the work yourself?
    scrap metal is up to about 200 a ton by me...
    thats another option
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    This car is totally not worth it. It's not worth parts, it's not worth project status, it's not worth getting to run to beat on it.

    Sorry, It's not our fault whoever bought a silly driving appliance.

    Also, as far as snapping cams, I've snapped WAY more Honda cams than any other single make.
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    we had a dodge aries that overheated and warped the head while on vacation in SC
    the shop replaced the head and cam shaft, then after we got back to NY the cam broke in half the long way
    right down the middle
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    Wow. I've heard of that though. Case Hardened cams for cheaper costs at the factory. That's why all of the old american cars "died at 80k"
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    the dodge aries was a trooper
    i think it had well over 200K on it when my old man finally sold it, close to 300
    and my uncles had 350K ish when he let it go
    the motor would have been fine if it didn't pop the gasket on the interstate resulting in overheating
     
  12. humblegumbo

    humblegumbo 1595cc's of Mad Fury

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    Junk

    Normally I would say fix it because I think scrapping cars is a horrible practice.

    [​IMG]:thumbsdown:
    Then again ^this^ is the car we're talking about here. So....hmm, not my style I guess. I'd say dump it unless friend has some sick fetish (and some serious dough) for a twisted sleeper project.
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    Even pimped it looks horrible. :yuck:

    Just my highly opinionated opinion, thouth.
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    I thought money clogged the toilet when you flushed that much of it down.
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    There are a ton of groups out there that look at our hobby in the same light...


    ... Why ?!
     
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    chestercheeto48 Senior Member VIP

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    Donate it to a school or part it out? I think that you can deduct up to the blue book value if you donate it. Not totally sure about that.
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    IRS has started cracking down on non cash donations
    you can only claim the amount the vehicle gets when its resold or auctioned off
    no more blue book, or contributors value donations
     
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    drop a 350 in it o_O
     
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    chestercheeto48 Senior Member VIP

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    So If I donate a car I can only claim it after it has been resold or autioned off? What if that was not the intent of the donation? GM and Ford donate vehicles all the time and those cars can never be registered so how do they get a write off?
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    talk to the irs
    they want documentation for the value of the "gift" now

    i would imagine GM and Ford can take those donations as dollar for dollar write offs by classifying them as advertising, or promotion

    this is from Pub 4303 from 2004


     
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    for 2006 and 2007 you can claim the smaller of the proceeds from the sale of the vehicle or the fair market value

    or if the vehicle is given or sold to a needy individual for well below FMV you can claim FMV as your contribution as long as the vehicle was not sold at auction
     
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