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    What would YOU do?

    I am looking for advice here. Of course like most people looking for advice I kind of already know what I want to do but am looking for people to help me feel less responsible for whatever stupid decision I make so that I don't have to feel completely responsible at any point in time.

    I am the original owner of a 2003 WRX with just under 155,000 miles on her clock. (technically, is it REALLY a clock?)

    Other then that time the viscous-limited-slip-differential needed replacing, nothing much else has failed on me.

    That was until a few weeks ago, when the top of the radiator developed a hairline crack that caused the biggest logistical headache (trying to get transportation to drive to a wedding) since the building of the Pyramids.

    I will replace the radiator myself, although replacement radiators for a WRX with manual transmission and no freakin filler neck are about as available as Tickle Me Elmo dolls at Christmas. For now, a little product called Quicksteel is acting as the 'thumb' plugging the dam.

    Here is my problem though...For the second time in as many weeks (that's 2 weeks, right?) my clutch(?) has 'slipped'.
    Today, in 5th or 6th gear, from around 50mph, I accelerated 'hard' (while already in gear / vs. while shifting) and the RPMs blipped slightly as the tranny seemingly 'let go'.

    A few questions:
    What the h3ll was that? Is my beloved clutch finally dying? If so, I expected that at 80k miles, and actually would have preferred it at any other time than now, when i have to drop at least 200 on replacing the radiator.

    Next, is the radiator 'failure' and what seems (so far) to be a clutch death a sign of 'end of life' for my WRX? ie: am I going to start repairing stuff left and right now just to keep her running?

    I must add, she runs great. This thing does not drive like a 155,000 mile car. Everything is still tight and engine performance is still there.

    Opinions, suggestions, etc., are all welcome/needed.

    Ps. The 2008 WRX looks stinky.

    Pss. Keep in mind, i'm still making payments on this thing (i originally leased it, then purchased off lease).

    -Blue Ru <Suba>

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    Registered User big_sur's Avatar
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    yup clutch is on its way out

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    Paying it forward

    There have been quite a few times when I got my hands on a good deal. In the spirit of that - here's one for someone else.

    My old 5-speed died, and I left it at Precision Tuning when they did the 6-speed swap for me. It had an Exedy Organic Stage 1 clutch with less than 5000 miles on it. The clutch is at the shop. Make me an offer if you want it. Labor for the install is going to run you $425 at Precision Tuning.

    I still have the B&M short shifter too if anyone wants it, make me an offer.
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    I wouldn't say your car is about to die. It sounds like you take care of it, and with "only" 155K on it, a subaru technically isn't even half-way done with it's life expency.

    There is a reason Subaru is consistently on the "preferred" or "referral" list when it comes to quality and reliability. You are driving a pretty good example there.

    Yes...you are likely going to be getting some nickle and dime stuff happening over the next 100K miles. But...assuming you baby the clutch until it is replaced, and keep your temps down until the radiator is replaced, the rest of the car is likely still very solid.

    It sounds like you are considering trading in to avoid the nickel and dime stuff. From your history of leasing then buying, and still having payments, you should look at the next car in the same light. Will you again have 150K on the clock and still be making payments on it? If so, this is going to come down to pure financials, dependant upon your luck with your current car and the number of payments you have left vs amount for trade in/private sale and cost of a new(er) car.

    If you didn't owe on it, I'd say it's a no brainer to keep it and deal with the little things as they crop up.
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    I don't sell off my cars until the last possible moment generally. Fix it with as much DIY and authentic Subaru parts as possible, and drive it until the doors fall off and the wheels melt into the tarmac. Then buy something else and repeat.
    The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, 1929
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