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We have a 2006 Toyota Sienna with 175000 miles on it. At the end of last week, it failed at the end of a road trip and needed to get towed to a shop. The diagnosis is that the transfer case needs replacement. Our mechanic (who I trust) has suggested that we replace the transmission at the same time, for a net wallet punch of close to $5000. The trade-in value of the van in the current state is less than $2000, but this replacement will get it to be warrantied for 3 years, 100000 miles. Just had the timing belt replaced and the radiator leaks fixed a week prior to this breakdown. Is this a worthwhile investment? Are there any other big costs on the horizon that will put me deeper in the hole? Is it better to just get another vehicle at this point?