Archive for the ‘Car’ Category


May 5, 2006

Tomorrow I'm making a six-hour round-trip drive to look at a 2006 Subaru Outback Limited wagon in Elmhurst, IL.  It's a bit smaller than the Volvo, which is good, and it has a warranty, which is really good.

Technically, we're just looking at the car.  We've put up $1K in earnest money just to keep it on the lot until tomorrow.  The first and only owner had the car for a month (they bought it this past March) before the wife got pregnant with a third child, making the Outback look a bit small.  The MSRP for this car is $27,595, so $21,500 seems like an OK deal, even with 1,700 miles on it.  We'll see how it goes.


Son of a…

May 2, 2006

So I see my Volvo mechanic driving down the street here in town the other day behind the wheel of a nice new Toyota T1000.  What the hell kind of message is that?  That makes me even more pissed off about taking the V70 into the shop.

Note to Ford:

February 13, 2006

Dude, it’s been 20 years since “Gung Ho” came out.  TWENTY YEARS!  And you still haven’t figured out how to compete with Japan?

Paging Michael Keaton….

Magic # = $4162.00

November 9, 2005

Up, up, and away!

Had to stop by the garage yesterday to have them drop in the new blinker relay the ordered last time the Volvo was in the shop.  All they had at that time was a working used unit that they dropped in to get me around town until the new part arrived.  They told me just to drop by sometime, and they’d install the new relay in a minute and get me on my way.

So I did.  And they did.  And I was. 

You know, if they’re going to charge me $84, the least they could do is fool around under the hood or put the car up on a jack or something that takes longer than one minute to do.  That just hurts. 

Magic # = $4078.00

November 3, 2005

I told you I was going to do it.  Well, I did.

Since February 2004, we’ve spent $4,078.00 U.S. pesos to keep our 1998 Volvo V70 XC Wagon on the road.  I’m no auto mechanic, but this just seems a bit…exorbitant to me.

It might be funny if we didn’t have a new mouth to feed.

No.  It wouldn’t be funny even then. 

Did I say I hate my Volvo?

November 1, 2005

Just got ‘er back from the shop. What was supposed to be a quick, relatively inexpensive replacement of a hazard light relay turned into a $330 repair. Turns out there was a leaking pinion seal.

That’s the capper. I’m going to go drag out the car folder at home and add up all the repair / maintenance costs we’ve incurred since buying this car. Sure, it’s going to hurt, but often it’s only through pain that we come to find the true path.

Just FYI

October 31, 2005

I’ve decided it is not a good thing to be on a first-name basis with the guy at the Volvo garage. I mean, it’s nice that we’re not antagonistic towards one another, but every time I hang up with the guy, I always feel like I’ve been buttered up. Like I’m one of his biggest accounts. Christ, I probably am.

I keep toying with the idea of tallying up all the repair costs for this car since we got it, but I know that would only make me want to gut myself with a dull bread knife. We tossed around the idea of getting a new car, but I really don’t see any way to afford that right now. I’m more inclined to drive this thing until it dies, which no doubt will be during a blizzard in the middle of the night on the darkest, loneliest, most God-forsaken stretch of road in the world.