I’ve got a 2006 Subaru Outback, 218,000 miles. Blown head gas gasket and noise indicating throw out bearing issues, so I’d need that plus full clutch rebuild while that’s apart. Add to that bushing wear and to get the car back in shape I’m looking at $3500 -$4000 in repairs. But my shop reckons with that investment I’ll get another 80-100K miles from the engine. The body etc is in great shape and we’re the original owners.
My decision is whether to do the engine rebuild, trust it will give me another 100K miles (I do love the car and am not a big fan of the Outback rebuild in 2010) or buy a new car - looking at high MPG 5 door hatchbacks like Mazda 3, Ford Fusion, Subaru Impreza/CrossTrek.
I’m thinking new rather than used because I keep hearing about the high cost of used vehicles vs the low cost and financing of new.
Thoughts, advise, considerations?