…okay, so that’s pretty much a lie. No one is hating on me for my ride – a 10 year old Dodge Durango. But they do see me rolling. At least when my car is working.
I’ve mentioned on here and on the Twitter that my car? Is tripping. Every few weeks the joker just runs hot and shuts down on your girl. We’ve replaced hoses, the water pump, the thermostat and as of this past week, the radiator.
Yesterday I’m rolling on in to work and I notice that my temperature gauge is steadily inching toward “hot as hell.” Well, okay, it’s really moving toward “H,” but I figured I’d be dramatic for story’s sake. Anyhoo, by the time I pull into the parking lot, there is steam pouring out from under the hood of the car. I throw that joker in park, snap a picture and start making my way toward the building. Some genius felt it necessary to run up, tap me on my shoulder and tell me my car was smoking. Thank you Captain Obvious. So I call Smoochy and tell him the ride is tripping again. He gets frustrated because he’s out of town and can’t figure out what else to do. He calls his cousin who comes and picks it up. And buys a new radiator cap for it. Problem solved. Cousin drives it around all day to make sure all is well (for now anyhow) and brings it back at the end of my work day. So, a $7 radiator cap and a 1/2 tank of gas later I’m back rolling.
Of course while I’m waiting on news about my car I’m trying to figure out what’s next. New car? Costly repair? What’s a Nerd Girl to do? So I start looking around on the internets and call a few car dealerships. I told them I was looking for: a late model car 2008/2009 no more than 45, maybe 55K miles, four doors, not white. And I wanted a note around $250. Everybody laughed at me. Told me it couldn’t me done. A lie. Those were the same specs I had when I bought my last car – the Durango – in 2004. Guess what…yeah, I got what I wanted then and I have no doubt I’ll get what I want when I decide to make that plunge again. Right now, the repairs to the car haven’t been all that costly, and while having to call for assistance is a pain in my hindquarters, neither of these justify (in my mind) a new ride just yet.
This brings me to the Q&A portion of this entry…what are you driving? Did you buy it new or used? Are you happy with it? What do you have your sights set on for your next ride? Are there any features you absolutely must have in a car?
And just in case you, like Smoochy, require pictorial evidence of a smoking car? Here ya go: