I have a 2000 Mazda Protege DX with almost 149k miles. I bought it when it was marking 142k miles, 3 months ago (I had a OR-CT drive, hence the high number of miles in so little time).
Before buying it, I took it to the mechanic that advised me to do the breaks and new tires (a total of $1k on top of the $1700 I payed for the car). He also said there was a leaking strut and several other minor things that could wait a little. According to the records, the timing belt was replaced at 99k miles.
Well, the timing belt broke while I was drinving in a highway and my engine is no more. I was quoted $2400 to fix it (newer engine - around 72k - with a new timing belt, water pump, seals etc).
Knowing that I’d have to invest on struts somewhat soon and this is a 13-year old car, what would you recommend - fix it or scrap it?