Fix Or Replace An Old Workhorse?


I have a 2008 Tahoe. I took it in for an oil change at the dealership. The dealership called and said it has rear end noise (which it does). They said it needs the rear end bearings to be replaced. It would be around $1200. The car has 120,000 miles on it. I don’t know anything about cars and hate that. Instead of an $80 oil change I’m looking at $1300. What are your thoughts about replacing the rear end bearings on a 2008 Tahoe? They also said the left side of the motor mount is broken and needs to be fixed for $463. Thank you
~ Lee
Little Rock, Arkansas


I hate to be the messenger of bad news but I think it’s time to say adios to the old gal. At a certain point – usually about five to six years of ownership – vehicles start to show wear and tear. And with 120,000 miles on a nearly six-year-old vehicle, you’re looking at the beginning of the end. I would sell it and start over. But for now, perhaps you should just do the oil change. Then, wait until December when auto dealers are begging to get rid of 2013 inventory and prices are low.

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