I've been bad ... other than oil changes every 3000 miles I've been a bit negligent when it comes to tune ups for the last 2 years. Just brought the car to my mechanic -- needs $2700 of work and I'm not sure if this is putting money into a sinking ship. I would so appreciate if anyone can offer advice? Here's the list the mechanic gave me:
-replace valve cover gasket
-remove, replace spark plugs
-remove, replace spark plug wire set
-remove, replace fuel filter
-replace front brake pads and resurface rotors if possible/replace wheel stud, both wheels
-replace serpentine belt
-replace idler pulley
-need passenger side view mirror replaced
-possibly replace exhaust(?) shield, not included in est.
AND .... he needs to check on this -- the grinding noise i hear when car starts (from cold) may be catalytic convertor? also not included in est.
I just really don't have a clue what to do and would really appreciate any thoughts on this.