If you made it through my last marathon of a post, I would like to make it known that the gas light was a red herring. I felt so stupid that I had somehow let myself run out of gas. Turns out, there was something else wrong with the car and after quite the repair bill she is up and running again. At least for know. I guess with that in mind I am very grateful I broke down where I did, not on the freeway at high speeds or in the middle of nowhere.
It does leave me to wonder when it is time to say goodbye to a car. It is 10 years old with only about 80K miles but it seems every year or so we have to drop a big chunk of change into it. Any thoughts on when this stops being worth it? We love not having a car payment but reliability is an issue.
Now, onto a related story. When I first moved to Iowa I was talking to a friend. She was telling me about a recent trip she had taken with her fiance where they had to rent a car. She belabored the point that it was not only a PT cruiser, but the worst possible color, a PURPLE PT CRUISER. How embarrassing that that was what they had to drive the whole trip.
She next turned to me and asked, “What kind of car do you drive?”
I told her with a smirk, “A PURPLE PT CRUISER.”
She started laughing and asked me what kind of car I really drove.
“No, really, come on!” she said.
At this point, I pointed out the window to the parking lot to my car outside.
She proceeded to tell me how un-dorky PT Cruisers are and that she meant purple was just a dorky color for men . I just laughed.
It has been a good car. For the most part.