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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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I just had the 105K done on my 2005 OBXT Limited (5MT). I don't recall seeing anything on the maintenance schedule for the valves. They didn't mention them at the shop either.

I had some other things done too, so I figure roughly (I could be more specific if I pulled the paperwork) $1500 for the "do it right" 105K.

I had the front brakes & rotors replaced, plus some other misc (front ball joints, alignment, etc) recently to the tune of another ~$500.

I just bought it back in October. I should add up all the receipts. I bet I've spent another $3K easy on it already.

I was starting to think maybe I should swap it for something else, but I haven't found anything I think I would like better and it's really grown on me.
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