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Rusted/Leaking Brake Lines

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Need some help. I let my '02ES sit for a bit too long over the summer and it seems the brake lines have rusted out. On a job like this, I don't know if it's anything I want to mess around with myself. Can you guys give me an idea of what the cost would be to re-fit all the lines to be sure things don't "go bump in the night?"

The alternative would be to just sell 'er to someone who has the skill to do the work for a couple bucks and move on...
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Are they leaking or are you worried about the rust only?
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Leaking. I could see a stream of fluid squirting out of at least one line. The biggest hint was when my foot went to the floor.

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I believe most of the brake lines are still available from the dealer. Have you contacted your local dealer about pricing and availability? Probably at least $200 for the brake lines alone. Most likely more if you factor in the Brake master Cylinder to Proportioning Valve or ABS Controller depending on which you have.

Benefit of the lines from the dealer is they'll be pre-formed.
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So, figure $2 bills for the hardware, but again, I'm not sure if I want to try doing this on my own. So, what would one expect a mechanic to charge for such a job?

My thinking is that because the car needs new tires all the way around, a new radiator (that, too, sprung a leak in early spring), and brake lines that for the amount it'd cost me to fix all of that, it might make sense to just sell her for whatever I can get, plus what it'd cost me to repair the car, and put it toward something new.
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Move on!

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So, figure $2 bills for the hardware, but again, I'm not sure if I want to try doing this on my own. So, what would one expect a mechanic to charge for such a job?

My thinking is that because the car needs new tires all the way around, a new radiator (that, too, sprung a leak in early spring), and brake lines that for the amount it'd cost me to fix all of that, it might make sense to just sell her for whatever I can get, plus what it'd cost me to repair the car, and put it toward something new.
We can't tell you what a mechanic would charge for these repairs. Take it to a shop(s) for an estimate and then determine your next step.

Car repair prices are different across the Country.
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We can't tell you what a mechanic would charge for these repairs. Take it to a shop(s) for an estimate and then determine your next step.

Car repair prices are different across the Country.
You surely could guess at a range, no? The part where the brakes don't work makes it a bit hard to just roll it in for an estimate.
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I was reading some of your old threads.
Your car has maybe 140 - 150k miles now (maybe more)

If you don't do the work yourself it's going to cost you a small fortune.

I'd scrap it and move on. Time to get a Challenger or a Charger!!
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My mechanic charged about $900 for it. $200 went into the brake lines
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I was reading some of your old threads.
Your car has maybe 140 - 150k miles now (maybe more)

If you don't do the work yourself it's going to cost you a small fortune.

I'd scrap it and move on. Time to get a Challenger or a Charger!!
154,760 to be exact.


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My mechanic charged about $900 for it. $200 went into the brake lines
That's pretty much the range I figured.

Thanks for the feedback, guys. Not sure what I'm going to do here. There are plenty of Certified Pre-Owned cars out there at a decent price, especially if I consider it'd cost me a couple grand to get the ol' gal back on the road.

Assuming I just move on, what would you guys do with the present car? The engine is still running strong - I guess for a High School or College kid with some aptitude it might be a worthwhile fix-er-upper. Would you think $500 is too much to ask?
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That's pretty much the range I figured.

Thanks for the feedback, guys. Not sure what I'm going to do here. There are plenty of Certified Pre-Owned cars out there at a decent price, especially if I consider it'd cost me a couple grand to get the ol' gal back on the road.

Assuming I just move on, what would you guys do with the present car? The engine is still running strong - I guess for a High School or College kid with some aptitude it might be a worthwhile fix-er-upper. Would you think $500 is too much to ask?
$500 might be a fair price. Which motor, and how's the body?
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$500 might be a fair price. Which motor, and how's the body?
She's an '02ES - 3.5 liter, leather interior, moon roof, tranny OK, body in good condition - though I did accidentally back into one of those cement filled parking lot poles that caved in the right rear bumper. Other than that, she runs like a top... it's the stopping part I have a problem with. ;-)

Here are a couple shots from when I brought her home. Obviously she doesn't look like this at the moment... but she could, in the right hands for the guy who has the time and skill to do the work.
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She's an '02ES - 3.5 liter, leather interior, moon roof, tranny OK, body in good condition - though I did accidentally back into one of those cement filled parking lot poles that caved in the right rear bumper. Other than that, she runs like a top... it's the stopping part I have a problem with. ;-)
I might be interested myself. My kid is starting college with no car and I'm not looking forward to driving him to and from campus. I'd have to drive down with a hauler to get it, but I can think of no finer choice for a first car than a trep.
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I might be interested myself. My kid is starting college with no car and I'm not looking forward to driving him to and from campus. I'd have to drive down with a hauler to get it, but I can think of no finer choice for a first car than a trep.
Gotta say, I have to agree. The Intrepid is a great car. Maybe I just have a fondness because a '99ES was my first new car ever. But when maintained, they're reliable, not bad on gas, comfortable on highways, and crikey - what you can manage to fit in the damned thing with those fold-down rear seats! Give her a little TLC and she could look like new.

Just be aware that in addition to the brakes, she'll need new rubber, probably rear brakes and maybe hub bearings. But if you want, I still have a couple injectors, a 'Slap Stick' and power driver seat from my '99 I can toss into the deal. Not that I'm trying to twist your arm, or anything... ;-)
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