Thursday, August 14, 2008

My Car is Dead


NO this isn't my car.But it might as well be. Yesterday , it broke down in the middle of traffic during rush hour. I panicked, because I'm a crip, and couldn't get out and push it! Amid all the people passing me by and flipping me off, some very nice men and one waitress from the bar and grill across the street helped push the old girl (I'm talking about the car here) into a nearby alley. The waitress even brought me a cup of ice water (it was wicked hot outside!).
I had the car towed to my mechanic and this morning he gave me the news: my little blue car has "passed". Apparently, my anti-freeze leaked into where my oil should be (?) and the engine locked up. I could get a new engine for $3500, but since that's probably more than she's worth, I'm probably better off getting another one. Which I can't afford. Any suggestions???
Oh, btw, she was a little Ford Focus. Electric blue.

5 comments:

kat said...

For about the price of a new engine, you could probably find a reliable used car. Maybe an early to mid-90's Volvo, or something? Before I went to grad school, I had a '94 Volvo that was fantastic. I got it with about 130,000 miles on it, which for a Volvo is nothing. My friend drove his family's 1982 model until well after 400,000 miles!

Otherwise, used Hondas are great. That or Toyota. They both go and go and go and go.

Since I'm in a totally different part of the country, I can't give much more specific info.....

shadocat said...

That's a great idea. kat. Can't believe I didn't think of it before! Going to look at a Volvo tomorrow...

Daisy said...

Ford = Found On Road Dead

:D But it's TRUE!!!!!

kat said...

how did the search work out?

lisaR said...

hope you found another car; reminds me of when i got a flat on your street; it's amazing how rude people can be when they know your car is stalled, but thank God for the nice ones, huh.