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Old 12-22-2004, 11:45 AM   #11
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CV Joint = Constant Velocity Joint. It'* the gearing that allows your drive axles to bend. My kid has a bad CV joint on his car, and it was gonna cost about 200 bucks or so to fix (minimum)
Umm.. I think it seriously depends on the car. I've gotten a CV replaced for $90. Forgot which car it was, though.

Maybe it was the Caprice.
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Old 12-22-2004, 01:16 PM   #12
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I really think it depends on your area and the type of vehicle. I have had to replace them on several cars and they all went about the same rate of close to $200
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Old 12-22-2004, 02:31 PM   #13
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see i dont want to pay that much to fix things, id rather just get a new car. that will be the first big fix ive had to do on the car. and frankly i just dont want too.
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Old 12-22-2004, 02:36 PM   #14
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either way there is this really nice jeep wrangler that i can get real cheap. perfect for the winter...
Only perfect to get you going. You're probably worse off once you get moving.

A little FWD thingie with snow tires is fine for the nastiest situations. A Bonneville with proper snow tires would be pretty much the same.
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see i dont want to pay that much to fix things, id rather just get a new car. that will be the first big fix ive had to do on the car. and frankly i just dont want too.
One thing to consider is: You know what is wrong with yours and it all sounds pretty easy to fix and reasonably priced. With another vehicle you don't know what you are getting yourself into.
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well my thinking is this:

my best friend works at a jeep dealership, i can have anything fixed cheap.

also if i can get more for my car then what i pay for that car then i have money again to fix anything that goes wrong, im kinda on a small budget right now. i had to borrow money from my mom to buy her the christmas present she wanted.

also i had a bad experience with my car last winter, the snow was bad and i was going slow but i lost control and literally did a 360. it wasnt fun. ever since then ive thought about getting a 4wd car. i really want a nissan xterra, but thats way out of my price range. and with all of the miles on my car the dealership wont give me much for a trade in.

im so stuck between a rock and a hard place. i have inside deals on fixing the dent, but not on the other things. (my father is no longer a mechanic.)

does anyone have any ideas at all? i cant afford snow tires either. i could barley afford to replace the one tire when it faliled inspection.
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you will have more winter problems with the Jeep even tho it is 4wd. I would say to keep the bonne. you will hate the ride and the lack of space in the jeep. If your freind works for a dealership he can get you deals on parts and it dosent matter if he works at a jeep dealer or not, he can get GM parts cheap
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I have to agree with everyone... having 4WD doesn't automatically mean good in snow. It is more knowing your car and knowing what it will do. You could spin a 4WD vehicle just as easy as a FWD. I just went from Rochester, NY to Frackville, PA and back in the middle of this last really good snow storm and 2 out of 3 vehicles off the road were 4WD vehicles, and they were the worst off ones because people get the false sense of security with them. I would honestly drive my Lumina or Bonneville in the snow because I have learned the car and know how it will handle in the snow.

i would recommend going to a snow covered parking lot and practicing with it. That is what i did when i first got mine. On the way home of that trip, i got the car fishy at 70 and was able to straighten it out without going below 50.

Just food for thought. I also have not really heard good things about the wrangler.
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You need a lift and probably 2hours to do a passangerside driveshaft, and a little more time to do a driverside.

Also a driveshaft is 150buxx, and the core charge is 110. So make sure to take it out in one piece.
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also i had a bad experience with my car last winter, the snow was bad and i was going slow but i lost control and literally did a 360. it wasnt fun. ever since then ive thought about getting a 4wd car. i really want a nissan xterra, but thats way out of my price range. and with all of the miles on my car the dealership wont give me much for a trade in.
You might have been worse off in an SUV. Like I said, 4WD only gets you going. SUV'* are a lot tougher once you're already moving. For example:

To get moving:
4WD > Little Toyota Corolla with Blizzaks



Once you're moving already:

Little Toyota Corolla with Blizzaks > 4WD





Not necessarily true, but you get my point
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