Back in September of 2000, I had just finished pouring an entirely unreasonable amount of money into the worst car I had ever owned, a 1994 Mercury Sable. Despite feeding it a steady diet of Benjamins, the car refused to run stably and constantly broke down. After a new engine, a transmission rebuild, and countless small repairs, the final breakdown was the final straw. The real stinger is that I had bought it to replace a 1993 Saturn SL2 that had been stolen from in front of my apartment. That car was one of the best I had owned which lead me to go Saturn one more time.
I didn’t go used. I’d been burned on used cars a bit too much by that point. No, I went new. I’d been drooling over the new L-series that Saturn cooked up, the first one with a V6 engine. It’s been serving me well for 8.5 years, 129,616 miles, and an ambitious move to Utah with a fully-loaded 5’x8′ trailer. Now it’s going to belong to someone else.
Shauna and I went down to a car dealership on Saturday to shop for a new vehicle. Being a two sedan family worked out really well when it was just us and the dogs, but a carseat throws a big monkeywrench into the mix. Shauna’s car was too small to accomodate the rear-facing seat and comfortably seat someone in the passenger seat. We also realized that during our road trips, it would be very tough to fit us, Liam, the dogs, and luggage into either of our cars. (The last trip had us stuffed to the gills and we didn’t even have Liam then.) It was time to upgrade to an SUV. We ended up walking away with a 2007 Toyota RAV4.
As part of the purchase, we traded in my old L-series. We figured that Shauna’s car was newer, had 40,000 fewer miles on it, and got better fuel economy. Since I’m going to be doing the bulk of the driving these days (Shauna will be telecommuting when she starts working again in April), that works out really well. All the same, I’m going to miss my car. It’s really powerful (0-60 in 5.9s), very comfortable, and I’ve had a lot of memories in it. During the first three and a half years that I owned the car, I drove for a living doing on-site computer repair. I spent the better part of 20-25 hours a week in it going all over Las Vegas. Then it served me well on a move to Utah and driving around in snow, something I was never used to. I built a lot of memories driving that car around in two different states for a significant chunk of my life.
It’ll be weird to switch cars and kind of sad to let the old one go. Here’s to good cars.