July 21st, 2010

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Thoughts on cars

My truck is leaking oil lately, and (I think, I haven't checked it) also leaking cooling fluid. I can only assume that this is two gongs into a death knell for this truck. It's already 9 years old, and it's hard to be that angry about a domestic automobile lasting that long without any major repairs needed. I average my oil changes at approximately every 10 thousand miles (for realsies) and the last time I changed it, there was about one quart with the consistency of hot fudge coming out of it. I've only ever bought tires and shocks for it that I can remember. I've put something like 160K miles on it in 9 years, which seems VERY low to me, but it's long enough, I suppose.

I don't know if I should just ride this thing into the ground, since I'm convinced I won't get anything for it that would be worth even vacuuming it out for, or if I should flip it soon and get another car while I still have some money in the bank to put in as a down payment. I still don't know what I want to drive nowadays.. I keep vacillating:

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So I haven't decided yet. I have the enormous benefit of having a friend nearby who knows cars so well, and because of that I'm absolutely doing this before I move away (whenever that is), but that's not soon, so I have a little bit of time to think on it.

If you people out in LJ-opolis have any opinions or thoughts on these choices, or other choices to add, I would be much obliged.