Monday, July 24, 2006


This post is in honor of the new Disney movie: Cars!

So, I like my car. It's been faithful to me. Listen to these great stories about how my car got my back.

After I graduated college May '05, I drove by myself from Georgia to Pennsylvania. That's about a 13 hour drive. Not a single problem during the trip. It was a smooth ride! I get home, park my car, and unpack my stuff. The very next morning, not 12 hours later, I went to go to the store, and I had a flat tire! Isn't that awesome! I was so thankful that it was after my trip, and not somewhere in Virginia.

Then more recently, Becky and I drove down to Georgia for a wedding. This was oh, 2 months ago. Trip was fine. The day after we got back, my car died. So sad, yet at least it wasn't in Virginia!

So, now let's practice some math. Before this recent trip to GA, a little light saying "O/D OFF" came on. Having never seen it before, I took it in to the garage. Sometimes, that comes on when a car needs a transmission fluid change. I spent $85 on that. The next day, the light came on again. I took the car back to the same place. They did some "tests" and said that "blaa" needed to be fixed- $275(I forget what was wrong). A week or so after the $275 bill, I left for Georgia with my sis, as mentioned above. Well, while in GA, I realized I was overdue for an oil change, so I got that done- $40ish. While there, the rednecks (no offense) pocked a hole in the pan that holds the precious transmission fluid that I had just replaced. All the trip home, I leaked fluid. And like I said, the day after I got back from GA, my car broked. I had to replace the fluid again (3/4 had leaked out) and replace the pan. Total of around $460. Well, 3 weeks later, I had to get state inspection done, plus yet another oil change. This was $95. Then (oh yes, there is another 'then!') I noticed my car had this yucky smell if I drove it more than 10 minutes. And it started jerking and shaking. So I took it into the car hospital yet again. They had to replace something inside the transmission itself. That bill was $2,100! Eek! I got my car back. They said my car should be good for several years now. THEN! 4 days later, my "service engine soon" light came on. What now! Well, I took it in yet again, ready for a fight. Here they did something wrong or something. They acceptable resposibility for it, and fixed it for free. Darn tootin'!

Calculator, please. Hmmm, add this, then that, that, and... grand total of around $3,055!

Good times!

Any similar car stories?


At 10:58 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger Kuan Gung said...

They unplugged the service light for you...thats

At 2:17 AM, August 25, 2006, Blogger Beth Danae said...

No, not really. Especially now that I live in Hong Kong and don't own a car.. Taxi stories are now the thing...

Remembered I hadn't been by the blog in awhile when Becky stopped at mine! Hiya!

At 1:58 AM, September 07, 2006, Blogger Sdit. said...

no more posts? what happened?


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