Sunday, January 22, 2012

Love and Hate

In June of 1998, I bought my very first brand new car.  Right off the lot.  With only twelve miles on it.

That was a big day.

Here we are 14 years and a few miles later.

Speaking of miles.  A milestone occurred this week.....

Your eyes do not deceive you.  That says 150,000.

Which leads me to the love & hate segment of this post............

  • My car is obviously paid off.  Not having a car payment is spectacular.  
  • Insurance is cheap.
  • It doesn't look old.  I've taken good care of it.  
  • Despite the normal aging a car goes through, it has been a very reliable ride.  Go Ford!
  • Due to the normal aging a car goes through, I've had my share of stranded moments the last few years.  And you never know when that will happen.
  • Because of those stranded moments, I took advantage of the free roadside assistance my insurance provided.  Thus being dropped from the towing part of my policy.
  • The miles.  150,000 sounds scary. 
  • I found three dime-sized paint bubbles recently.  Peeling paint is not attractive.
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If you weigh it out, I have more to love than hate.  I have replaced just about every part that could fail in the last three or so years.  So basically, I'm driving a new car. 

And now I think I should just go knock on wood.


  1. Mine just went over 150,000 & is a '97. It's so nice to be able to throw junk in the back & let the g'kids eat Chicfila(I know I misspelled this) without worrying about it. If I want to take a road trip, I can rent one. But one of these days........

  2. That's over 10,000 km per year, or 29 km per day. It's amazing you reached that mark in a short period of time. Just make sure that the car you are using is checked thoroughly for any problems that need fixing. After all, safety is the main priority when on the road.

    Erwin Calverley

  3. The 150,000 mileage only shows that you really love your car. You didn't plan to sell it even though the engine breaks down occasionally. It is quite hard to think on how to fix it when it breaks down on the highway. But anyway, you managed to overcome those situations. By the way, you don’t have to just knock on wood. Knowing a good car service provider can help you and your car reach more miles. :)

    Maria Wegner

    1. You are completely right! There are many positives in this situation!

  4. I’d like to see how your car looks like as a whole. I’m curious how you were able to maintain your ride for 12 years! An old car isn’t a bad ride at all, as long as you maintain it regularly, which I think you already do. Just keep it up and I wish for more miles for you and your car!

    Nettie Christensen

  5. Thank you for dropping in! Yes, I babied that ride! It was a GREAT CAR! I traded it in recently for a brand new car! It was time!