My 2002 SPI LX is still going with mileage close to 160K. I've replaced a lot of stuff too and I figure I'll run it until it croaks. I've done the shocks, headlights, sway-bar links, alternator, timing belt, water pump, and other odds-and-ends. Just replaced the windshield too after it got busted. Bought a new Pioneer stereo too since the OEM unit is possessed. My car is practically new with all the new parts and it sounds like yours is heading that way.
I wonder just how wide spread the valve-seat issue is? Surely not every SPI is dropping valve seats.
I can do a lot of repair for what a new or newer vehicle is going to run me cost-wise. If it is dependable for your use, maybe a commuter, keep it. Don't feel confident...probably time to let it go.
Last edited by p58ff; 03-31-2012 at 04:05 PM.