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When to sell my 2005 Outback 2.5 XT?

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I just got a check-engine light and brought it in to the dealership for a look and minor check at 82,500 miles.

Seems like they're suggesting a valve adjustment ($2,000+) and a front and back axel boot tears and timing belt need replacing. Further, brake pads apparently need replacing at front and back for additional $600. All this would be about $4,000 total.

Should I just sell/trade the car before making repairs or is this model worth repairing? For example, if I spend the $4,000 will the car last me another 40,000 miles or so before another major expense or is this model destined for added repairs/costs?
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Get a new dealer.

Have the valves checked and adjusted as needed at the 105k timing belt/ALL idlers and pulleys/waterpump job. This ran me about $1300 at my dealer.

Have the front axles rebooted if possible, or use only Subaru rebuilt parts (such as MWE axles) if yours are damaged. This should be $200-$400 depending on your options.

Brakes should not be $600.
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