Junk or repair 2008 high milage subaru with transmission failure?
May 7, 2011 2:48 PM Subscribe
My 2008 Subaru impreza's transmission needs to be replaced for $4-4.5K. The car has 107K miles on it, I communute 144 mi 5 days/week, and I got the timing belt and all breaks replaced two weeks ago. Should I junk the car or repair it? What other repairs can I expect in the next 100K miles?
posted by gwen1234 to Work & Money (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Couple of important facts in addition:
1) There are metal filings in the transmission and I have had it looked at by 2 different subaru shops, who tried draining and refilling it before finally lowering the pan and seeing the metal filings and pronouncing it dead. I have had a number of insidences where I get stuck in a gear for my 70 mi commute home
2) I had the timing belt, two other belts, and all the brakes replaced two weeks ago.
3) We have two other cars besides my subaru. We also have a Toyota 2005 4runner V8 with 80K mi, which gets about 18 mpg and an audi A3, which my husband commutes 100 mi with and gets 29 mpg
I have determined there are three options
1) Fix the subarau
2) Junk the subaru and drive the 4runner
3) Junk the subaru and buy a high mpg compact like a hyundai elantra
In order for the gas milage difference between the 4runner and the subaru to make repairing the subaru worth it, the subaru has to make it about 1-1.5 years or about 55K miles without further major repair. As a restult, I am trying to get a sense for what other repairs might happen between 107k and 160 k miles?
Also if anybody has any thoughts on the best option - do I repair or junk it given my options?