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Is it worth it.....

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I'd like the forums opinion about our 2011 1.8L 6 speed manual.
It has 167K miles on it and runs well.
We bought it a few years ago used, with about 121K miles.
SInce then I've put new plugs, coil packs, rear brakes, transmission oil and a catalytic converter. Oh and a passenger side CV joint.
With a consistent 30+ mpg, it is hard to find fault! :)

The "looming" concern is about the clutch. And I know that's dependent on driver skill. The car is currently driven by my 62 yo girlfriend exclusively. She's fair to good, with a clutch. She drives relatively sanely...Just don't tell her I said that!!!:rolleyes:

At the moment, the clutch pedal has proper height and pressure.

At this time, we can't afford to keep a car that may become too problematic in the future....

So to my questions...
Is it reasonable to think this car can continue to provide good service into the foreseeable future? Based on what most folks experience here is?

My main concern is the clutch. Anything else?

Many Thanks for your thoughts! :)
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If the clutch isn't slipping, then keep driving the car. Even when you start to feel some slipping it may not be the clutch. I had one car that I thought the clutch was slipping and it turned out to be just the "throw out" bearing. That was a pleasant surprise.
As far as the rest of the car, have you (previous owner) done all of the maintenance?? Oil changes, etc.?? Any other issues/problems with the car??
With any vehicle there is always going to be some "maintenance/repair costs". Anything with moving parts is eventually going to wear out, so you will have to spend some time or money repairing any car.
In my opinion, your repair list sounds minimal for a car with 167K on it.
Do you like the car?? Does your girlfriend like the car??
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I have a 2016 Versa (manual trans) and I don't have that many miles on it, so I really can't answer your question about how many miles one should expect to get on a clutch. I do think (a major factor in clutch wear) is how the vehicle is driven. Gentle treatment of any car will extend the life of its components.
In my youth, I did have a 1974 Datsun Pickup (nissan engine) and put over 200K miles on it... rust killed it (I lived in a snowy climate back then). I purchased it used and I don't think the previous owner replaced the clutch, so I do think it was on its original clutch when it went to the crusher.
Do I think its worth putting a clutch in an older car?? Yes, provided you like the car and there are no other major issues.
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Let's look at it from a "numbers" point of view. Even if the clutch goes out tomorrow (and the rest of the car is OK), you are looking (at most) a $1,200 bill. If you purchased another car, your payments would probably be between $300 to $400 per month. Your clutch repair would be equivalent to only 3-4 months of car payments.
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