Advice on keeping high mileage car
Hey guys, I'm the original owner of one of the first MCOs sold in the US and wondering what to do. This is an early build car (older style front suspension) with 190,000 miles. The clutch died and the dealership offered a ripoff price to replace it (and likely the flywheel). Local shops aren't much cheaper. I have another car so the Mini has been parked 3 years.
The good news is it had been quite reliable, easily passed smog test every time, body is in great shape. The only engine parts replaced were the vibration damper and alternator around 180,000 miles (obviously a lot of highway miles).
One mechanic warned me the car is a "grenade," as parts are removed to reach the clutch, more and more parts will break and need replacement. Since almost everything is original, there's a lot that can go wrong.
So the conflict is this, of course I like the car, want to fix and drive it, but will I end up regretting it once new problems come up (esp. if they result in engine or Midlands 5 sp rebuild)?
'02 Indi Blue Cooper, white wheels and roof w/ US flag