Bad Car!

The Subaru will take — at an estimate — $2000 to rehabilitate the engine, plus money for the electrical system. We’re trying to figure out whether we’d buy our car for $3500 (or so, counting rental and miscellaneous), or whether we should pony up to get a car made in this century, all the while needing the car to get to and from airport and art center on a near-daily basis.
[Update: Margaret and I decided that the circumstances required action, and the most cautious course of action seemed to us to be renting a car for a month. That gives us time to get the car fixed, if we so choose, or to take the time to pick a different car without being rushed.]

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8 Responses to Bad Car!

  1. John says:

    What year and model is the car and how many miles on the odometer?

  2. AKMA says:

    It’s a ’96 Legacy Outback, with — as best I recollect — about 117K miles. Navy Blue, with the front grill missing and electrical problems (the driver’s side headlight has a short or some other defect).

  3. John says:

    It sounds as if it is time to give it a decent burial, I’m sorry to say.

    Unfortunately, smaller new cars and used cars have increased in their monetary value in the market place as folks downsize their autos.

    I wish you the best as you live through this problem.


  4. e says:

    it seems to me that we are rapidly approaching the time when buying much of anything will be pretty difficult. that said, if you can buy a car now you might be well advised to do so. one that can weather the next decade, say?

  5. Travis says:

    Did you consider suspending teaching commitments and head straight to the garage until you could resolve the crisis?

  6. AKMA says:

    Travis, I put America first and my own aspirations second — so for the sake of the country, Margaret and I obtained a Chevy HHR for a month. It’s a little like driving a cave; we’re used to a higher proportion of glass to structural metal. But it runs like a dream, and we’ll take advantage of the month to deliberate about what to do next.

    E, we were musing that a downturn in the auto market might be advantageous for us, but I haven’t noticed any sudden announcements of special sales. Yet.

  7. John says:

    The secretary at Saint Mark’s Episcopal in Erie drives a HHR. She likes it except for the small windows and the lower heater vent does not keep her feet warm in winter.

  8. AKMA says:

    She likes it except for the small windows

    Yes, the small windows (and the rental car’s windows are tinted, too) do make it feel a little like you’re in a mailing tube.

    Luckily, we won’t have to worry about heating our feet in this car.

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