Hi everyone: first post here. My 2000 Solara has 180,000 miles. Transmission died a few weeks ago and debating what to do: rebuild (transmission specialty shop quoted $2,500) or just donate it and move on. Very attached as this was my first car that I saved up for and bought in my first job. I’m not super mechanical so I did the basic maintenance throughout “her” life. In fact had to replace engine two years ago (to an engine with 60,000 miles).
If rebuild, I’m going to use for work commute for another 2-3 years — that is, when we start going back to office again in mid 2021. All intown highway miles. I don’t want a car note hence not wanting to get another car if I can help it. My fiance thinks I’m being too sentimental: he thinks rebuilding is too unpredictable, that it’s throwing good money after bad and that it’s time to move on. We have a spare car between the two of us so we have no issues getting around without my car. Needless to say, the value of the car now is below the cost of rebuilding the transmission (~$1,900 for one in working condition).
Can I get some objective advice please??