At 228k miles, the transmission needs to come out for the third time in 30k miles. I'm no mechanic, but mine said its fatal. The bearings need to be replaced, the transmission split and all those beads of sweat in between.
I didn't give up when the heater core and spider gears nearly explosively blew on the same work commute at 197,197 miles.
I kept at it when some misaligned clutch part nearly explosively disintegrated 12k miles later.
I can't in good faith pay for a third transmission limbo at 228k miles. My dramatic plea for help would go here, but even then I'd probably sell it next year.
From 12/12/2000 to today, you've been my faithful daily. The car I met my wife in. The car that served through a decade of I-90 sprints to Alpental. We even drove coast to coast that one time.
Dusting Whale will find a new home, hopefully one that lasts another decade. I built, and payed for it to last so. Too bad for that "budget" transmission rebuild at 197,197k miles.
Keep throwing the V, be kind to your kin, I'll make room for you on the on-ramps.