Had the winter tires put on the Maxima and a look-around done. The oil pan is rusted and cracked, the two front backing plates are rusted and should be replaced, a bearing is going and the wheel hub assembly should be replaced, one litre of antifreeze apparently vanished, and there’s a lot of body rust. Ballparking $1k to fix the stuff mentioned, but who knows what will go next.
The car, according to Auto Trader, is probably only worth about $4k, and things will continue to break and fall apart, as an old car does. And with the body rust, things will only get worse. Talked with my mum, she’s thinking that it might be time for the Maxima to go and replace it with something in better shape. Which is a bummer, because it’s such an amazing car when everything is going well.