Hello all First post here, though I joined in 2007 Would like to know what you think about my dilemma. Beloved 1990 230e went for MOT and garage have recommended scrapping! Apparently the back end is very rusty underneath and garage won't even give a quote as he says that there is no way of knowing how far the corrosion goes until he starts working on it (rear axle would have to be dropped etc). He doesn't think the cost is worth it, given the age and value of car. He said it would be "hundreds" and he recommends that it goes to Merc heaven . It was also in for a service (which he didn't do, after seeing the underneath) and needs possible new brake pipes and exhaust, maybe other things too - it has been running a bit lumpy since Xmas Eve. Here is my dilemma: I don't have much money (none, really). I would have paid for the MOt repairs and service by credit card and paid it off monthly. Can't really afford to buy another car. Which means my choice is to either pay a lot of money to fix it and hope it lasts another year or not have a car at all. I love this car and would hate to scrap it. I have always wanted to try and keep it going until it reached classic car status (esp. for road tax!). The cons are that it costs more than I can really afford for Road Tax and Petrol. Have to admit this has been bothering me for the last couple of years. The only pros are that I love it. Don't relish the thought of not having a car at all. I only use it 2 or 3 times a week, but live in a rural area and also use it for taking elderly parent to shops, appointments etc. Also anybody think it's worth trying an independant Merc specialist for a quote? Also (sorry for rambling, am a bit upset!) would the car be worth selling for spares rather than scrapping? It has good leather seats and original 8 hole alloys. Is there a market for these? Thanks for reading. Any thoughts?