Q: AC Compressor

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My auto shop is telling me that getting my 2006 scion xb AC compressor replaced is not optional if I want my car to continue to run. Is this true? Because I can live without AC...but they're telling me it's connected to the belts and the engine and the car won't last long if I don't get a whole new AC compressor kit for $1500.

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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