My 2003 Honda Element is in need of a new engine due to a burnt valve. The vehicle is in otherwise good shape, with both the body and interior holding up well. I would like to keep it. However, my Element’s 240,000 miles and the quoted $2,800 price for a 70,000-mile replacement engine give me pause. I have another newer vehicle, so transportation isn’t a problem.
Should I fix the Honda and keep it as a sometimes commuter — or move on?
Ah, sentimentality. I’m going to answer your question in a bit here, but allow me some poetic license first.