Repair or Buy?


#1

Need some advice. I have a 1998 Toyota Rav 4 with 186,000 miles. I’ve been told it needs syncro gears and probably a new clutch at the same time - approx a $4000 repair job, so I’m told. It runs quite well other than the shifting problem, and burning a little oil.



Is it worth putting that much money into a vehicle that has that many miles on it, or should I put that money into something newer?


#2

I’d say be happy you got so many miles from your vehicle, but think about moving on to something newer.


#3

That estimate seems high. Was it from a Toyota dealer? No wonder! Before throwing in the towel, turn to the Yellow Pages to find independent transmission shops. Get new estimates; you may be able to save a considerable amount on repairs. If so, go for it!


#4

I am guessing this is a manual transmission vehicle? You may be able to find a used or even rebuilt tranmission installed for possibly half or less the price. I would get at least another estimate for the work and then decide. You’re right at the cusp of getting rid of.


#5

Thanks for your replies and input!