I have been talking about this one with Lady Grumpius. We've had exactly this discussion recently and it came up again last night.
She's of the opinion that I should keep the car. Obviously if it's going to cost a lot more than we think it will, then we'll reconsider but the truth is that I don't think I'm going to get something that I like for the money. If somebody came along with a diesel Volvo that was equivalent and wasn't requiring any big jobs then that would definitely give me pause for thought but it would have to be the 'right' one. Truth is, I know this car and I know what's wrong with it and even if I bought something from here (and this is probably the only place I'd buy an equivalent from, given the honesty of the adverts and the people) it could still shat itself. The Golf could also shat itself but at least I know its history and know that it's solid underneath, etc.
My mileage isn't as bad as it was now the distance to work is halved but the driving I do now put on the car is harder. Country roads with some traffic as opposed to motorway. This was obviously going to happen sooner-or-later but yesterday was particularly hard on the clutch and I think that's why it chose that moment to go.
I'm quite picky about what I have and the car has a few luxuries that I'm particularly attached to. Climate control, six gears, estate with a grunty engine and quite fun to drive. Not sure I'd get all those with the big jobs done for the kind of money I could spend...
If you like the car and are keeping it, get it done with a DMF and all being well it will last forever.
I bought an MGZR for my lad in 2013. A couple of months later the Clutch Release Bearing collapses. I took the box out and as I had a good used CRB to hand I was seriously tempted to lob that in and bolt it all back up.
I elected to put a complete clutch kit in it. Then the HG lunched itself so I shoved a new gasket on.
That was all five years ago and 60000 miles ago in which time I’ve not needed to touch it. Had I thrown just a CRB in then chances are in the last 60k I would have been back at it.
If you like the car and plan to keep, then it is worth the extra cost of the repair IMHO. Scrapyard will be littered with cars where someone has made the ‘not worth the cost v value if the car’ decision.
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