We just sunk $1700 into repairing my 97 stick shift GT Sunfire this summer on a new water pump, new brakes, a tune up, and new struts. This past weekend the tranny went out and we got the bill for a new tranny and clutch (since we haven't replaced the cluth they recommend we do so at this time) for $2400! I trust my mechanic and know that he wouldn't take me for a ride, but I'm wondering if it's time to throw in the chips. The Sunfire has 108K and has performed flawlessly until everything started to go wrong this summer. So basically, if we get the current fixes done we will be over $4000 in auto expenses this summmer! We have not had car payments in two years and enjoyed the financial freedom. We just need to ensure we have a reliable vehicle especially with a new born baby and living in a state with notorious winters! Should we walk away and look at some of value models listed in the topic header. Cargo space and fuel economy is most important to us - we have a three month old daughter and a dog.