What a week this has been! On top of the largest snow storm in three years trapping me at home for two days, my weekend included the death of my car. We'll call her "Blanche"...she's a Gold Malibu...and kinda sassy, like Blanche on the Golden Girls. After my friend Beth's Baby Shower Extravaganza on Saturday, I came out to a car that wouldn't start. I'll save you the laborious details of hitching rides, calling AAA, following Ed the tow truck guy to the gas station, and the resurrection of the car Sunday afternoon. It was a short-lived resuscitation.
Monday morning on my way to work, my temperature gauge began rising. And rising. And rising. And then it hit the top level causing the red indicator to come on and beep. I knew I was in trouble. Although I hadn't made it to work, I almost had and decided to turn around and head to the repair shop. I prayed all the way there as the car shook some and then gave a "cough" and leveled out for a bit. Thankfully I made it to the shop in one piece.
I've always been attached to my cars...well, not all, but some. The cars I'm least attached to are the ones I've had to buy when the current beloved car I'm driving is on its last wheel. I end up having to get another car at a time when I'm not emotionally or financially ready to do that. Blanche is one of those replacement cars. My beloved Blue Boomobile (A blue Malibu) was dying a slow death and my faithful mechanic kneeled at my feet one day and broke the news to me. "You need to start looking for another car." Sigh. Bye Bye Boo.
I've had Blanche about 3 or 4 years and after this recent event, I'm beginning to plan for my next ride. In the past 2.5 years, I've had to replace a fuel injector ($600) and this repair was the intake manifold and a bunch of other things related to that totaling $780. Every time I have to plunk down that kind of cash on a car, I begin to weigh the option of getting a new one or sticking it out a little bit longer.
That leads us to our Table Topic today - When do you decide it's time for a new car?
I'm not driving to the car lot today to look for a new car. I have some other purchases I need to make before a car is considered. Plus, unless it totally dies, I'm not at a place to engage in a discussion about a new vehicle...or at least new to me. But I am curious your thoughts on this topic. And, a bonus follow up question....what car would you recommend that will last a long time? I'm pretty much over these cars that start konking out at 90,000 miles.