I knew in the last post I would be back in an hour. I meant an hour + 47 hours. So that brings me to now. (Good math huh?)
OK so fun topics. Warning I am going to talk way too much about cars. I know I know WHO AM I?
We bought a new car. What a terrifically stressful experience. To all that have done it without heartburn the entire time my hat is off to ya. We have owned 4 cars.
1. 1987 Camry
Totaled in 1999 when we were at a stop light the day before we were MOVING! oy. Also a week after we turned 200,000 miles. What a fun time that was. Oh the point. It was Dave's parents car they let him take when he moved to Florida 7 months before. "Hi mom and dad, uh someone just hit us, NO NO WE ARE FINE but the car is totaled. umm. Yeah I'm not old enough to rent a car..." After we had turned 200,000 miles on the original clutch, original owners and 2 people learned to drive on it we had sent photos and a letter to Toyota. About a month later after it was totaled and we had a new car we got a letter saying they were excited for us and what a great car it was. Tre sad. We both talk about that car like it was a long lost love.
2. 1990 Camry.
Day we gave it up to 1-800-junkmycar
This replaced the 1987. It was automatic instead of manual. Then we got hit in that car and it was "almost" totaled but they fixed it in 2000 and it was never the same again. OH then someone hit it again in 2001 and this time while parked. Dave came out and the car was sideways in the spot with a note on it. Again they fixed it. No joke it was three years in a row. Every single time the car was stopped when it was hit. We owned this car for almost 10 years. Dave and Dad and Pop did a lot of work on it but other than the accidents we never went to a mechanic. It was really odd experience, since Dave's parents owned the last Camry the insurance paid them for it and they turned around the same day and got the 1990 and SHIPPED it to Florida. It showed up at our apartment on a flatbed truck. When it was hit the second time it took awhile to get it into the shop and I had to ride in the back seat. Then years later because of what had happened the door would have "issues" but never getting into the car, just when getting out. So I'd have to climb out the window. Once I did it at someones house I was meeting for the first time. I was like WHAT A GREAT IMPRESSION. My ass climbing out the car window.
3. 1997 Ford Taurus.
We went car less for about a year then Pop stepped in. He didn't like us not having a car even though living in the city we technically didn't need one. He took it upon himself to buy a car, fix it up and then one day take us into the garage show us say "what do you think? How about $500" We were so confused! We had no idea what was going on. After he died we learned he spent a long time with gram hunting for cars "good on gas mileage" and took this home and spent weeks working on it. It was a TANK. I swear it was the biggest car in the world. (It felt it at least) and sadly it didn't even last us a year. It died when Pop did. I wish I was kidding. The day before the funeral my cousin's friend said "there is something seriously wrong with your car" and he looked at it and fixed it up so it was drive able for us. It had no heat, no ac and sounded like someone was choking it and the frame was cracked. We had to salvage it. The thing that broke on it was something Pop never would of seen. We only knew because they put it on a lift for the state inspection.
4. 2001 Jeep Cherokee.
This is what it was like to own the Jeep. I can't tell you how much money we would of spent if it weren't for my dad, Dave, a manual and their ability to look things up on youTube. They will have to find a new way to spend quality time.
We got this car from a friend of my dad's. He wasn't even selling it but my dad talked him into it. We paid cash. It lasted us exactly 1 year and on the anniversary of the funeral we bought a new car. Odd coincidence but honestly it wasn't going to pass the inspection that was up. It too had a cracked frame. We got this on the 1 year anniversary of the funeral. Pop would of HATED us owning it. He was very anti jeep. Not safe, not good on gas mileage. grumble grumble. (my dad has the same one but in black.)
5. 2012 Subrau Impreza 5 door.
Dude Pop would LOVE THIS CAR. Awesome on gas mileage, won safest small family car, got a great deal on it, got exactly what we paid for the jeep on trade in. We looked into a lot of other cars but Subaru had everything Dave wanted. Sustainably made, good gas, very safe, good to drive and did I mention safe.
I am sure our neighbors laugh as we stand outside and stare at it. In disbelief we own a car from the same decade. Living in Boston for the past 10 years we never needed a car but now we drive daily instead of monthly. Dave has to drive out to his job site more now too. Ugh I would get so freaked out knowing he was on the road for 4 hours in the Jeep. I thought one of the wheels would pop off and leave him stranded in the back woods with no cell service.
Gram's reaction upon seeing it for first time. You can see her saying "oooh"
We took her for a ride. She didn't want to get out. Hard to tell from my cellphone pics but it is a deep plum color.
First person to spill something in it is going to get shanked.