Wednesday, June 02, 2010
My Wife Has New Vehicle
My wife's white Ford Expedition (aka "Moby") has finally died, thank God.
All it has to do now is make one last run to the car dealership as soon as a new alternator is put in it. Yes we had to fix it to sell it. If it will actually roll, Carmax will take it off our hands, and give us a fair-enough price if past trades are any indication (they will buy your car whether you buy a car from them or not).
Outside of the alternator the Exedition also has some sort of transaxle problem that will cost $1,500 to fix. Snap a jelly pack; she's toast.
The "new to us" vehicle we have just acquired is a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with 33,000 miles on it, courtesy of CarMax.
The downside, of course, is that this vehicle is a Detroit gas hog.
The problem, of course, is that to get "good" gas mileage in a 4-wheel drive vehicle is pretty close to impossible, and you have to shell out a lot of money to do it.
The other problem is that my wife bicycles after work, and often takes her bike with her into the City. If you leave a bike on a rack on the back of your vehicle in Washington, the chance of it being there, intact, when you get back, is not very great.
So she needed a bigger vehicle, and it had to be in the used market, and this is the one we could afford at a mileage I would accept.
Life is a compromise, and often without great results. This is one of those times.
It's at least made in America (Michigan to be exact), so there is that small grace note.