K_Watson I really want a better safer car, but I really like my paid off, simple, reliable Prizm, and thats my dilemma. I am looking at a 2007 to 2009 Subaru impreza or Legacy sedan. More power, more comfort, more airbags, more bad weather traction, but more money... The Prizm is long ago paid off, reliable, has great tires, brakes, paint, and glass, and still looks good from a distance... but 1. Tie rods are rust seized and cannot be alligned 2. Rack and pinion has play ($700 estimated replacement) 3. Rotational noise up front (CV's I think) 4. The engine has minor knocking or badly tapping valve 5. It burns more oil than ever 6. Compression is questionable as while idle is smooth as ever, power is lacking more every year 7. This happens.... https://www.corolland.com/forums/index.php?/topic/25288-partial-or-no-compression-if-sitting-for-a-few-days/?hl=partial 8. Rust is really starting to get a hold of it (3 inch hole behind rear right door, soon to have matching on driver, passenger front door skin is starting to rust off at the bottom) 9. The head liner is starting to fall, the 3 door handles I have are all different colors, the door vinyl and cloth pads are coming unglued 10. It's been hit in the rear and while it was "fixed" it's not quite right and I worry about getting hit again 11. The airbags it does have are now 17 years old and my driver's seat belt is starting to fray 12. The exhaust leaks off and on somewhere near the manifold 13. It's throwing P0420 (Catalyst Efficiancy Below Threshold) every winter but any new cats will get killed by oil soot It's 17 years old and worth less than the combined estimated cost of the repairs. ... .. . Time to let it go?