Any value in this '06 Fusion with busted clutch? Or scrap it?
Used to come on this forum years ago and it was helpful. Hoping you guys can provide a little advice again.
I've had this Fusion from new and it has about 215k on it.
Last night I'm driving and out of nowhere the clutch starts sticking to the floor and I have to pull it up with my toe. And I have a very hard time getting the shifter to shift to 1st or 2nd or whatever. Had to mess with it multiple times to get it in gear. I pulled over and it tested it and it got going again so I drove another 15 minutes include 3 stop lights and it worked fine but did feel a little odd. Then the 4th stop light it gets stuck to floor again and I'm in neutral and struggle to get it into 1st. Finally got it and pulled over and waited for CAA to tow to my house (was on rural road in small town). Car was loaded with stuff from cottage that I had to bring back so didn't drop at mechanic. Still got 3 tows left for my CAA.
Anyway, five weeks ago I foolishly put $2,700 of work into the car for all new brakes plus catalytic converter repair. Definitely worth more than the car but I justified it to myself by saying I hadn't changed anything on brakes for at least 5 years so it was easier to swallow. Plus I hate car shopping and I'm super busy with new job that is more demanding than previous job and while it does pay more, my wife is on 1.5 year mat leave so 33% pay! Thought hopefully I get one more year out of this possibly two to be optimistic. Then I'll have a better understanding of my vehicle needs at that time.
I heard Fusions and Focuses had clutch problems from the CAA guy. Well mine was replaced April 2014 and October 2017. Both times I could feel it starting to stick for days and brought it in for replacement. This time absolutely no warning, which I found to be really strange. I could get CAA to two to my mechanic, but when I did the 2017 replacement (at different mechanic) it was $600. If it it's even remotely close to that I feel like there's no point in sinking more money into this POS car anymore.
If I scrap it I can get probably $250, but it would feel like a great shame considering it has brand new brakes and runs fine other than the clutch thing. Mind you, only a matter of time before something goes. Plus it is rusted underneath as I never rust proofed it. But 5 weeks ago when I had it hoisted, mechanic said it's still solid from what he can see. There's only a small amount of rust on the lip of the hood.
This is a stick shift which would very much limit any market for it. The most comparable thing I could find on autotrader, with manual, was a guy selling for $2,200. But that would be in driving condition. Do think there's a market at all for say a mechanic who would buy it for $500 to $1,000 and do the fix himself? Could the new brakes alone be worth something to someone who is not a scrap yard? I also put $60 gas in it the day of! Can anyone recommend a siphoning kit from the store? The ones from Walmart and CT have bad reviews. The amazon one for $20 has good reviews and I can get it in two days from a friend who has prime.
I'm not in a rush to replace until my wife goes back to work in January as the bus stop is at the top of my street. I'll lose 18 minutes a day doing that to get to and from the GO station as I take the train to work downtown every day. So I can hold onto this car in my driveway for a while until I figure out what to do.
Thanks for the help.