2005 Hyndai Accent with 135K miles, has been a reliable workhorse and now semi-retired to the short trips to and from the train station for my commute to NYC. Last week it overheated and came to a full stop - checked under the hood and coolant had all drained out. I waited for the engine to cool down and added coolant, then drove home when safe to do so – just heard from the mechanic today.
SO - water pump is kaput, radiator is melted, and a couple of other associated repairs - just under 1K in repairs to bring it back to life if I want to roll the dice. Mechanic is great, he laid out the associated risks before I decide to pull the trigger or not – i.e. head gasket may be damaged, or any of the other “unknowns” that could have occurred when it overheated.
So is it worth it to gamble and see if she still runs true after repairs? Or better to recognize that chances are, our best days are done and it’s time to move on. Thanks for the input!