Which one to Sell?

Asked by Apr 17, 2016 at 09:54 PM about the 2007 Ford Fusion SE V6 AWD

Question type: General

Which car to sell?

I have a Jeep liberty limited 2004 with 121K miles. Its been very good to me
until the engine died, it was replaced with a newer used engine with 40K
miles (no proof of that though, still waiting for the mechanic to give me some
kind of paper work), It has a new radiator, water pump was changed last
year, AC compressor changed last year but will need new tires in less than a
year, will also need new brake soon. The mechanic took 6 months to find an
engine and replace it, i am not sure if he did other damage in there. Its been
driving really well for the past months.

Now, i also have a Ford Fusion SEL with 108K miles. This car has given me
so many problems. The car was flooded, only the engine area and some
water in the driver and passenger side. However the insurance added a new
engine and changed everything, that was 5 yrs ago, transmission went bad
2 yrs ago, its been changed. It has brand new tire on it, i suspect it will need
new read brake pads and rotors and new battery soon (seems weak on
start). Every now and then recently i see the airbag light comes on. When its
really cold the engine light comes on and the car won't want to pass
3000rpm but that happens very rarely and when i turn the car on and off its
fine.

Which car should I sell, i need to sell one of them?

I really like the jeep but i worry the engine that the mechanic put it might go
bad again who knows, on the other hand a lot of things were changed in
there. Its a mechanic that i trust and have been going for 5 yrs however he
lost a lot of money trying to fix the jeep and had a lot of family issues i have
a feeling he just fixed it in not the best way possible and gave it to me. I
would appreciate your input?

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First I would ask if you own both vehicles outright ? If you only want to get rid of one and you have a payment on one of them that would be the car to get rid of. The last thing you want to be doing is dumping money into a car that you don't even technically own.In the even you own both and have to get rid of only 1, I would choose the fusion. Not because of its reputation, but because its sounds like your fusion is still in need of money and work, and your only reluctance with the jeep is you think something "might" happen. If one is working and one needs money, I would go on what you have right in front of you. I would also offer the proposition of selling or trading both of them. The reason is that you have two vehicles that have been causing you problems that are both over 100k miles and quickly decreasing in value every mile you drive and every dollar you spend. Where they are at now, they are still worth enough to trade both in and get you a dependable ride. Even with a new engine, your jeep and fusion are both only worth what they read on the odometer. Once they both get over about 150k+ miles, especially given your history with them, they will most likely start to have more issues, in places that you haven't spent money yet. At that point you will have 2 vehicles that aren't working right and because of the issues ( replaced engine, flood damage, etc) aren't worth their weight in metal. I would consider taking both vehicles in and seeing what type of fuel efficient reliable vehicle you can get if you trade both and toss keys for a single vehicle.

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Thanks Carland and Thanks Cianos. I owned both of them, no payments on either of them. The reason I want to sell one of them because i recently bought a Subaru Legacy because i was tired of having car problems and wanted to have at least one dependable car. We will be driving the Jeep or the Fusion mainly in town from now on and may be a couple times a year outside of town. I like my Jeep a lot, but the fact that my mechanic took 6 months to find a good working engine and the jeep has been sitting there and i was pressuring him to fix it. I wonder if he did a bad job who knows. I guess thats what you get for trying to get something done cheap. The back wiper of the Jeep stopped working and it will need tires by next year. Also a clear coating on the jeep is peeling off but thats about it. As for the Fusion, it is driving fine, it has brand new tires and 3 yrs newer than the Jeep. Both door handles inside are broken, i would new one i will replace it myself. Also, when its cold sometimes the engine light comes on and the car won't go pass 3000rpm however when i put the car on and off its fine. This has never happened before. Also, display of the radio stopped working. So i worry i will have more problems with the Fusion. Whats the best way to sell it. We tried Carmax they gave us a ridiculously low amount of money. Looks the the Fusion is going for $6000, Carmax gave $2000. I figure if i sell it by myself on Craigslist for $4000, i don't care. The Jeep seem to be going for $5000 and Carmax also gave $2000. So i think i will get same amount of money with either of them.

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