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Dirge for the Fallen...

Well, after maybe five years of (mostly) diligent service, like a mighty clydesdale with a broken leg, the time has come to shoot my car and put it out of my misery. I could probably jump-start it and it would probably start again tomorrow, but after six years of billowing smoke, a terrifying evening of driving through a cop-ridden road improvement at midnight without headlights, and this recent rash of stallings and not-startings, I think it's time to take the squirrel skull off the rear view mirror, recycle the mountain of coke cans, see if my copy of Werewolf: Past Lives is in the trunk, check one last time for spare change under the seat, and move on.

If anyone in the Austin area knows of a good deal on a car, do drop me a note :)

A brief pause for the better memories. Wedging seven Cammies in the car with Amanda in the back seat laying on everyone's laps. The road trip for five plus luggage plus camping gear to Ren Fest. More car-pooling than I can possibly imagine.

Rest well, brave Japanese import.

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baktre
Sep. 15th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)
Poor car. It sounds like it had a good run.

I'll have to retrain my ears to perk at the new one.
bayne
Sep. 15th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)

I've got an 81 Olds delta88 I'm seling cheap ($600). Starts, runs, goes, stops, and all that good stuff. Needs some minor work (carbureator kit, cleaning). With a little work this thing could be a garish pimpin ride worthy of the owner of the worlds tackiest couch. :P
sdocat
Sep. 15th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC)
I have a _large_ sound system that fits in a 85 olds. Like spotty needs that, though. Anyway, if you want to go car shopping sometime, I know all the tricks, and more about them than you think. Although I guess Badger by default of more man points gets that job. I just want to purchase vicariously threw others. Plus I like an excuse to look at shiny things. I think you need a Mazda RX-8. :: nodnod ::
spottylogic
Sep. 15th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh! I think I need a new Mazda RX-8, too! :)
sdocat
Sep. 15th, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thats unusual of you.. you usually don't agree with having something semi trendy and that would go against your geek card an awful lot. Although I will not argue any points why you shouldn't.. just trade cars with you for inordinately long periods of time.

And... What happened to the other comments?
spottylogic
Sep. 15th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)
I guess I'd have to look at it and understand what I was looking at. Definately in my price range, though :) Maybe I could swing by some time.

bayne
Sep. 15th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
Sure, come check it out anytime. :) Its been sitting out there long enough that we'll proly need to jump start it, otherwise its ready to go.

Its a little like this. But sadly deficient in purple shinyness :P

http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/438918

drleo
Sep. 15th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
My sympathies.

I don't know about any leads on cards, but you could ask pacerfox -- he probably knows. I bought my car out of the classifieds, and used a mobile inspection service to make sure it was a decent car.
spottylogic
Sep. 15th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Pacer's offered to help me along the car-purchase road when things got sputtery. This has been a long time coming. On the plus side, Butterfly's insurance company is insuring me on her rarely-used car for $7/month! Wow! I pay about $110 right now...
lilcreepygrl
Sep. 15th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Saturn?
We got an "almost" new car for about 6500. They even let us have a co-signer. With your credit, they'd be drooling.
jerseytude
Sep. 15th, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)
Weird - my car went on the fritz too - I reccomend the GroovyLube on Red River - they do a great job and they charge prices that seem like a steal because they're the only mechanic I've ever been to that DOESN'T rip you off.

Might want to give them a try - even if it's just as a trade-in.
spottylogic
Sep. 16th, 2004 06:32 am (UTC)
Cutlers on 45th is my usual mechanic, but Groovy Lube's pretty cool, I've been there once or twice. They do trade-in type stuf?
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