I am learning so much about cars it’s ridiculous. Why just today Matt and I sat down with Mike the Mechanic (not the singer of mike and the mechanics, a la Genesis side project….but a small hoop earringed bearded rotund man I liked immediately) at carriage motors in KC and learned a LOT about volvos, in particular volvos made after 1998 which have different computer systems that require loftier maintenance than the older models. Was told to look for well-maintained older models if I go the volvo way. Mike should know…he has 6 volvos! The white wonder volvo we have been flirting with for a week was determined to have a failing transmission. I didn’t even know what a transmission was before today! Um among other repairs totalling in the 1700 dollar range (on top of 4 grand for the car) – we would’ve had to think about a new transmission for you know, 3800 bucks!!! Might as well look at new cars for that price.
So we let white wonder go. which was ok, except now we have to start the search over. Tomorrow we hit more suburban used car lots and wheel and deal. I know a little more than I did a week ago which is something. Have you had your timing belt replaced on this car that has mileage of 114,000? I sure hope so! Brake fluid?
We might try out minivans which kind of scares me as they feel so big and well, suburban. But then I have to remind myself that they are cheaper, there’s a lot of them for sale around here, they get good gas mileage, are easy to repair, etc. Plus the very chic bands Sleepy Kitty and The Degenerettes have them, so if they can do it……
oh weather report. Another gorgeous sunny day with puffy clouds – about 70 ish degrees in the sun….who’s coming to visit and sit in the backyard with us???