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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Cars

Took my car in for it's 90k service this morning. As if that weren't pricey enough on it's own, the car also needs:
- new tires
- alignment
- the wheel cylinder is leaking and needs to be replaced
- the motor mount has collapsed and needs to be replaced
- the serpentine belt is cracking and needs to be replaced
- the coolant temp sensor is corroded and needs to be replaced
- the windshield wipers need to be replaced
- the side view mirrors need to be replaced (one is cracked, the other is off)

I decided to only do about half of it this month, but there goes all my disposable/home improvement income for the next two months. A thousand dollars today. Ouch.

So, fun times. Meanwhile, I'm reading about fuel cell vehicles and daydreaming of a day when my car won't need an oil change every 3000 miles. I tell you though, this article isn't half so inspiring as the episode of Scientific American Frontiers I watched a few weeks ago. My next car will be a hybrid. Hopefully the one after that (when I'm 50?) will be a fuel cell.

1 Comments:

  • If owning a car were simply a matter of getting gas and paying for insurance (and a regular oil change). I'd still be happily owning a car. It's the mechanic visits that always seemed to be very expensive. Since I didn't want to pay big payments for a new car, I stuck with used ones, which seemed to have expensive repairs.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 4:54 PM  

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