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Faulty Transmission - worth the repair?
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I have a 10 year old BMW that has done 203,000 miles. It’s got very noisy and it turns out that the transmission needs work. We’ve been quoted £1,500 to £1,800. The car has no value due to the mileage and we do get the odd electrical fault. But, we like the car and couldn’t buy an electric replacement as we have family we see regularly that are hundreds of miles away and the current vehicles don’t do those kind of miles on a single charge (unless we could afford a Tesla!). How long can you drive a car with damaged transmission? How many miles can a BMW engine do? £1,500 might be a good investment if the car holds out for another 5 years but is that likely? I’d really like some views on my options. Thank you for reading
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The electric car lovers will be along saying your trips to see family are not a problem and you'll save £1000s by going electric.
£1500 will barely get you a banger at the moment, or could easily be 6 months payments on something newer.
I am assuming you have had 3 quotes for the repair? Auto or manual? Have you looked at secondhand parts and reconditioned?
The car is only 10 yrs old and assuming most of those miles are motorway miles and the car has got full service history. If so, I would repair as its the cheapest option (unless you buy a old focus) and you are keeping a car you like/know.