Dear Scotty, I bought my first car back in June, a 1995 Nissan Maxima now with 163K miles. It runs great, but it needs some work like all 4 shocks, both front control arms, driver side cv axle,…

Mark2018

Dear Scotty,

I bought my first car back in June, a 1995 Nissan Maxima now with 163K miles. It runs great, but it needs some work like all 4 shocks, both front control arms, driver side cv axle, thermostat and a few other things that doesn’t really affect the running of the vehicle. The suspension parts and the thermostat all together is about $500 for parts alone and I’m not sure if I can do all of it myself. Well the insurance is almost up for renewal. I see a 1999 Infiniti i30 with 142K miles for $1600 which is basically the same as my car except slightly newer and nicer. It’s the same generation of Maxima/i30 with same engine and transmission, so i assume reliability would be the same. I’m considering buying the i30 to replace my Maxima as long as the i30 is in better shape and doesn’t need as much work as my Maxima. I can probably talk the guy down a little on price too. I also want to upgrade since the i30 has side airbag which is a bonus for safety. Overall I just feel I would need to put more money and work into the Maxima even though it does run great. However, that make me feel I should just fix up the Maxima and drive it for a while. What do you think is a better idea? Fix up the Maxima or get the i30?