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Old 10-19-2019, 07:17 AM   #1
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Default Lower left sub frame rust

I need some solid advice from my fellow Saturn lovers!

I have a 2001 S-Series, and have had it for 16 years. I failed inspection for a rusted sub frame. It's only about two inches and the rusted 'through' is about the size of a pinky. I took it to a rust repair shop and they said I can have the piece taken out and a new piece welded for $600. I was a little nervous about this and did some research. After calling around I took it to a regular mechanic who said I would have to change the frame- with a used engine cradle $550- and he says total it will be $1100.00, with an extra $200 IF the bolts are seized.

I was laid off a month ago. I have a job lined up, but I haven't started yet- needless to say this is not a good time for this.

I got the whole 'Your car is too old and may not be worth it' speech, which I have been hearing for the past ten years. If I had listened to that I would be driving a crappy Hyundai. This car is in perfect shape, minus the patch of aforementioned rust.

My question is- Do I take the chance and do the repair, or do I go all in and replace the frame?
If I do the repair and it's shoddy work, I will have to replace the frame down the road.
As a side note, I am female and a lot of mechanics will try to take advantage of my assumed lack of knowledge.
Thank you!

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