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).