Have I told you all that you're the best bloggy friends ever? Well you are. Thank you for your encouraging words. I only wish I could send the rain east. I'm considering sending the car trouble east. :)
I stopped at the mechanics this afternoon and they charged me - are you ready for this? - seven DOLLARS! It seems the cap on the radiator is the same age as the van (12 years old) and totally shot. Thank the Lord for small favors. I think we've put $2,000 into the van this year already. And now the AC doesn't work. Seven hundred dollars for that. The manager advised me, with the age of the van, to put the windows down and drive fast. May I cite him when I'm stopped for speeding?
MUD, I was prepared for the problem to be something like a head gasket, but hoping for a thermostat. This was even better.
I'm open to recommendations on used minivans or SUV's which don't guzzle TOO much gas. Anyone out there own one they particularly like and would say, "Go buy this!"? The next big repair amount will go toward a newer vehicle. I want to be ready.
I'm bushed. Think I'll go to bed early tonight and avoid getting sick. Oh! And sometime this week I'll be posting pics I took with Hunny's cell phone. Yesterday was blood letting day! A reminder to those of you who gave this winter, time to give again, if you haven't already!
Until I write again ...
Ah small favors, the best kind!
Woohoo! That is so rocking about the price!!! Love what the mechanic said about the windows and driving fast. LOL
I love cheap fixes like that. It's like getting a package in the mail.
We're contemplating buying a small gas-sipping car because there's no reason for me to drive the honkin' van everywhere I go. I read that a Honda Civic is one of the best for gas mileage. We're casting our eye that way.
Ok, so I LOVE my XTerra. That being said, I'm only getting 17 miles/gallon... so that might not be your best bet. Although maybe if it were newer? Mine's a 2002 with 108000 + miles on it.
We've decided, though, that just as soon as I'm gainfully employed again, we'll be trading in Coach's Explorer on a small car for me, and he'll get my beautiful XTerra. :(
That is good news! We love our Dodge Caravan - it is a 2000 and the smaller one - not sure if they even make those any more. Gets pretty good mileage on the highway, not terrible in town.
Yay about the bill, boo about the a/c. I love my Honda Odyssey. I think it gets average gas mileage for a van. I think it is about 17 around town which is where I mostly drive, but definitely better when we go on the highway.
Woohoo, isn't news like that the best!
What a relief that it was a small thing.
We have a Chevy venture, 2004, and we love it. It is pretty gas economical, runs perfect. The only issues we have had were our power slider was giving us trouble in the minus 30 degree winter weather. And all of our door seals are dried out now and that makes the power slider pop back open sometimes when you try to close it.
\HEY! I'll sell you our 1998 Mazda MPV for $3500 if you're interested!
I LOVE my Toyota Highlander! I've got the 4 cylinder base model, but it gets around 23 mpg, unless I'm riding my brakes all the way to work because none of the lights around here are timed correctly.
Anyway, it comfortably seats 5 and comes with traction control and all that.
The way people drive around here I need to just buy a tank and be done with it.
YAY! Your mechanic sounds like a hoot. Your mom is the bomb, dear. That's an awesome portrait.
I drive a Trailblazer and love it, but it's not the best on gas. If you can find a used honda suv or toyota, like the highlander, those are the best...and worth the higher price-tag.
I used to work for a rental car company and have driven lots and lots and lots of mini-vans. I don't care for the Fords at all and the chevy's are OK. I would really lean toward a foreign there too.
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