Alright I have a '97 Monte Carlo, I've had it for a little over a yr, but it's been in the "family" since '99. Right now I'm about to hit 50K miles, which ain't bad at all. But it's getting close to that time where you dump some big $$ into it. Everything except the spark plugs, and the alternator are original! It also really needs a new feul pump. If I'm comeing up the mountian with under a 1/4 of a tank, I'll be lucky to get all the way home without needing a push over the hump lol. On top of all that we take regular trips home to Florida, that's myself, DH, two kids, and at least 1 dog if not 2. Definatly NO room for all of us, it's a cramped 11hrs for sure!
This guy who feeds some strays for us comes into the thrift store every day, and one day he offered a "trade" his GMC Jimmy, for my Monte. His truck has 200K miles on it, but he has replaced the motor, and the transmission. The inside is actually cleaner than my car lol, and it looks like new on the outside, wheras my car has multiple dents and dings from rocks being thrown at it, and someone sitting on my hood lol. I would really like to have something bigger and in all honesty I'm not ready for another "payment" on a new car. I'm not sure of the year on his Jimmy, but if it's in the '80's I'll have to pass. But what would you guys do? I could really use some opinions because DH said it's my car, do what I want, he'll look at the truck and tell me what he thinks, but that's it....arggg men! He doesn't want to tell me not to do it because if something goes wrong with the monte I'll blame him for not letting me trade lol, and if I trade and something goes wrong with the truck, well it's his fault too.
Lady would sure like more space lol, when she rides in the Monte, her head touches the roof.
I'm not sure of the year, but if it's an '80's then I'm not going to trade it, but if it's an early 90's then I would be more swayed into doing it. It's either that, or buy a horse trailor for the dogs lol.
I'd say to check on the year of the Jimmy. You are correct as far as an 80's, they were not made very well. Although your Monte Carlo is probably only worth about $3000 (unless it's a Z). IMO, I'd stay clear of a Jimmy with 200k miles. Check out the local paper ads to see what they are going for. Or, go to Kelley Bluebook (.com) and compare the two.
My '96 Blazer has 232K on it w/ the original motor and tranny. Other things have been replaced to the tune of a couple grand (water pump, ball joints, gas tank gauge, etc.) but I consider it reliable transportation.
Both are GMs... The Jimmy has a new motor and tranny, and probably other things so the high mileage really doesn't affect its reliability.
The Monte will probably need parts replaced soon if you haven't already.
I think it'd be at least a fair trade at face value. But check into what exactly needs to be done to your Monte and get the Jimmy checked out.
Also you might want to consider GM's workforce in both decades... I would think that autoworkers in the '80s worked harder (or actually worked) than they did in late '90s.
I have to agree with Wiley. It makes a big difference on how well someone cared for their vehicle.
I had a 1997 Blazer and bought it brand new. It had problems from the get go. I know it was due to the fact that it was the first year of the new body style. So, take that into account also. The year of the Jimmy really does matter.
Personally, I believe vehicles were made better in the 60's, all vehicles should be made that way. All the new computerized vehicles are junk as far as I'm concerned (just a little plug for classic cars - hehe).
Personally, I love my minivan. I don't know where the mini comes from because it's quite large. Anyway, it's a Town & Country Ltd. and it's great because all of the seats can come out. So, you can have either two seats or seat seven. That way, when you want to take just the dogs, it's a snap to remove the two buckets in the back. They have a ton of room in them.
it really depends on how much you like your car. if its been dependable, thats what is the most important. you dont have to worry about being stranded out in the middle of nowhere. you say his jimmy looks better than yours, then you may want to ask him why he is wanting rid of it. i have had offers to trade and even buy my lexus. would i do it ? no. wont trade dependable for a maybe .