Best disposition for an ailing '95 Audi 90?
Figured I'd pass this by you before I just acted hastily. I have a '95 Audi 90 (sport) with 195K miles, that has all but been given a certificate of death from a local mechanic (same shop that wisely had me invest in this car for a mere US4K some 10 years ago--I've loved it ever since).
We're looking at a need for new front struts, a transmission leak indicating possible need for tranny replacement, 3% left on brakes, CV boot issues (iirc), and...well, that's a good set of starters. Oh, and it's still got the original timing chain and something in the o2 sensor that has my check engine light perennially on for the last ~ 50 k miles. Anyways, estimate was over USD2000, with likelihood of success (or finding parts) uncertain. Oh, and some cretin pried off the Audi four-circles logo plate on the back last summer.
The upside: all else: electronics, body, engine, etc, in good to pristine condition.
My question: if I'm going to have to go out and find another used car (prolly have to settle on a Jetta or some such--and fast, like next week), should I just take my car (it does drive, modulo the "boat in choppy seas" performance of the front suspension) to a salvage yard, or is there someplace special this would be better appreciated for parts or...be still my beating heart...restoration?
I love this car, but it's just clear that it can't act as reliable transportation for me going forward. Been the best--and most enjoyable--car I've owned up to now.
Happy holidays all!