Hello Scotty. I recently moved to Philippines from South Korea. Had to rush buy a car because wife is 37 weeks and we live 1.5 hours away from hospital since we stay on a farm. I am not too well versed in automobiles being 23. I got a 1996 Nissan Sentra with 100,000km. Car runs fine. Neighborhood mechanic said engine is good. Problem is looks like all electrical was tampered with and custom fuses put it in along with random wire crossing etc. for example, if I turn high beams on the fuses melt. They previous owner was too cheap to buy new fuses so they put copper wire on blown fuses and kept using them. Also, I think the messed with relays etc. Radiator fans engage when I turn the key on but engine isn’t running. Aircon works good but it won’t work on 1st level, only 2 up. Wipers won’t work on 1st level but work on 2 up. There are more electrical problems but I can’t list them all here. I just started learning about cars because I just found your channel. I also don’t have tons of money because I can’t work here in Philippines so I only have savings. I initially bought the car to take my wife to the hospital for birth and after that give it to my family here so they have transportation when I leave and go back to America with wife and baby. Please tell me what I can do. -IgnornatButLearning
Thank you for your reply and of course I will live without simple things like radio or strong power windows, but I need the wipers to work etc because rainy season is 3 months or longer and when it rains it pours and floods in many places like whole roads non-traversable. Definitely I will check the possibility of a car fire because the electrical. I don’t even really need aircon because many people here make their own cars called “Owner style Jeeps” and lemme tell ya they are a original to say the least. But I am so glad the aircon is working and strong. If you want just google search “owner style jeep philippines” and have a laugh or be amused.
You're dealing w/ a 24-yr.-old vehicle that is older than YOU are! Scotty often advises, w/ older cars electrical problems, to "make do without it." In other words, don't use your high beams, don't use the wipers on Level-2+, e.g., etc. Only "live without it" where SAFE. If you are leaving soon, just live w/ it. Obviously previous Owner knew about these issues, most likely. It would take a lot of time, money, and wherewithal to fix those elec. issues. Pay a professional to tell you if the car is safe-- you don't want your family subject to a car fire!