Ok, I will admit up front, I am an overly-sentimental girl.
Here's the deal. I drive a 2000 Mercury Sable LS-premium. Bought the car new. I am very attached to the car, emotionally. It now has almost 216k miles on it. It is starting to have some mechanical problems. I know, I know...dump the car, it is only a thing. As I said, I am overly attached to the car. I drive a minimum of 110 miles a day to and from work, and she has always taken good care of me.
Four years ago we put in a new transmission and suspension. Last summer I put in a new radiator. It still runs strong, burns a little oil, but not a lot.
The power steering is starting to fail; the fluid occasionally boils over. No leaks that we can find. Probably either the power steering pump, or the rack. Pump I would be willing to repair, but the rack is a very pricey fix.
So what's the question?
The most annoying mechanical problem is the fuel tank. There is something wrong with it. When you go to pump the gas, you have to trickle it in or the pump kicks off. I have done a little research, and it seems that there might be a problem with a pressure gauge of some sort. This bites, especially when it is cold, because it takes FOREVER to fill the tank.
Any of you guys (or handy girls) have any experience with this sort of problem? I can't seem to get a good estimate from a mechanic, even having it in the shop, because they won't know what is wrong until the get in there. I think that simply replacing the tank is a relatively easy job, but don't know what is involved with the rest.
Logically, I know that eventually I will have to replace the car. Right now, I am trying to hold off until I can better afford it. I am still recovering financially from my husband's cancer treatments and his funeral, and my own medical bills last fall, plus an unexpected move in April.
I do have access to a decent auto repair database, but I am not mechanically inclined enough to have the right vocabulary for querying the thing. If I knew what I was looking for, the database will give pretty accurate assessments for times a job will take.
Sorry, more thinking outloud than anything...