Hey fellow Miata maniacs, I need some advice. This might be tl;dr, so skip if you don't want to read the entire story.
I recently got my tax refund, which was fairly substantial, and my 1990 Miata (I love her, her name is Betsy) is having some cardiovascular problems. She'll start every so often, and other times I have to pop start her. I figure the battery is going bad, or it could be the ignition switch or starter... the Haynes manual gives several diagnostics to look at, but I really can't perform some of them. I do, however, have a reliable shop to take her to.
The other problem is that when she's cold, she will not get into gear. Four years ago I had her master and slave clutch cylinders replaced, and the hubby is thinking that maybe it's the fly wheels themselves that need to be replaced. My substantial tax refund is starting to look kind of small at this point.
I am her second owner. She has 210k miles on her, and I bought her five years ago when she had 189K. So I've gotten used to all her tiny whistles and knocks. In pricing parts and labor, without actually looking at her, the shop is quoting me around $1500 for parts and labor. My parents chimed in at this point and are telling me to sell Betsy for $1750 obo and then add in the $1500 I was going to spend on fixing her, just to dump it into another Miata.
Buying new at this point is out of the question, as I am still in nursing school and with all my student expenses and only working a part time job, I can barely afford anything past the mechanical repairs, and a new top for my girl. The top is optional at this point of course, since I do drive her topless quite often.
What would you guys do? Fix, or get her to where she can start on her own, offload, and try to get a different Miata?
Thanks guys :)