Partly a philosophical question … I have a 99 Mazda Protege, 209,000 miles. Its been a great, durable car. Now I am told I need to fix all the engine mounts ($525) - I’m not surprised, its had a bad shake / rumble / hesitation feeling for a couple weeks. That plus badly needed tires and a couple minor issues (air intake hose, etc). My mechanic - who is great and I trust - says it would be about a $1000 total repair. And given that she’s ‘long in the tooth’ it may not be worth doing.
So … is it worth doing? Will this solve all issues and get me 6 months to a year more? Or is it the start of constant repairs. In the past year I changed the alternator belt, that’s about it. But I’ve gotten a great deal out of this car, so is it time to upgrade?