Post # 1
My car is probably what most people would consider junk. It’s a 2000 Chevy Malibu with 146,000 miles. I got it on November 17, 2011. It’s my first car. I didn’t get my license until I was nearly 24 because of anxiety issues.
Now my car is sitting outside in a puddle of power steering fluid because a local garage replaced a functioning power steering pump, and the car is still leaking, badly. I wrote a post about the garage issue.
Garage replaced a functioning steering pump,said it's my fault.Is it?
Here’s my car, as it looks right now sitting in the driveway.
We should just buy a new car since my car has been having issues the last couple months, but I am too attached! I wanna drive my first car until it quits on me. Anyone else attached to their junker?
And here’s my car the day I got it!
Post # 3
I can’t wait to be able to afford to get rid of our ‘junker’!
My first car was an 88 Daihatsu, and trying to drive a dying car that won’t go into gear is a nightmare. I was very pleased to upgrade, even if it was my first car Unfortunately my Mum currently has my car, and I share FI’s pile of junk as we are 10,000 miles away 🙁
Post # 4
@bunnyharriet: I drive a clunker for sure! I actually make really good money now (more than the majority of people at my organization), but I probably drive the worst car in the parking lot.
It’s a 2000 Dodge Neon. It’s silver (for the most part). Paint is peeling off, the windshield is cracked, it makes a screeching noise every now and then and it has about 140,000 miles on it. I have had it for 8 years. I plan on keeping it until it goes out on me. Why? Because I don’t want a car payment.
Post # 5
I have a 1987 Subaru Wagon, and I love it. It was actually FI’s dad’s car, and after he passed away in November, I got it. I was really close with his dad, he was the only father figure I’d ever known, and we have lots of great times that I get reminded of whenever I drive it.
Plus, it has 4wd! Can’t beat it!
Post # 6
I had a 98 Ford Taurus for the longest time. I saved up $2,000 in highschool and bought it with my own money, so I was proud…lol. It lasted me awhile but it started to have all sorts of problems. I got really tired of fixing it and eventually got the car I have now. A 07 Dodge Caliber SRT4. Somebody offered me a grand for the Ford and I gladly took it.
Now I drove the crap out of the Dodge (130,000 miles), it is also starting to have problems. I thought it was cool at first that it was lowered, but every bump and dip is highly exaggerated. I was taking my friend home from a party and he joked, “What do you have for a suspension in this thing? Slinkies??!!” Now its making some really annoying noise, rattles when I get to a light and will stall randomly. I took it to a dealer to inspect it and got an estimate of nearly $3,000! I was able to fix a few things on my own, but to do the rest would require dropping the engine and I nor my husband are mechanics. I am starting to look at more “mom friendly” options out there and might go with the Ford Escape or Edge. I havn’t decided.
Post # 7
@bmo88: SO is embarrassed by my car. We got it on a whim because I found it on Craigslist and it was only $1,550. We got it from the original owner. She had the maintenance records and everthing. It had 130,000 miles on it. We had it for a good while before anything went wrong. After it hit 140,000 miles, the issues began. I just love my car so much because it signifies me overcoming the anxiety that prevented me from getting my license for so long. I remember the day I got my license and I climbed behind the wheel and just burst into tears. I love that car!
We’ll have to pay for the new fix, pay to have it towed to the garage and then pay to rent a car while it’s fixed, but still…I think it’s worth it. I am not ready to let it go. PLus, if we don’t fix it, then someone may junk it! That would be horrible.
Post # 8
I drive a 2000 Saturn S-Series: DH’s car. It’s got loose breaks and takes all my strength to stear but I love it! I can drive it however I want which is great because I’m a pretty agressive behind the wheel. When it does eventually die we’re going to get a mini van (LOL #oldpeople)
Post # 9
@PacificMrs: My SO has a junker too! He barely drives it but pays to register it every year. It’s a truck his grandfather gave him. It’s a 1994 Chevy Silverado with an extended cab and extended bed. It has 235,000 miles! He’s one to talk, lol.
Post # 10
I have a salvage title 97′ Mercedes C230 with 160K miles and the transmission is going out. I’ve had it for 11 years and it’s now worth about $2K so it’s not worth putting the money into it to fix it. Hoping to get a new one this year!!
Post # 11
I have an 87 Chevy Cavalier and I cannot wait to get rid of it. That’s not going to happen anytime soon, though 🙁 I feel like I’m riding in a metal box of potential death every time I drive it. And there’s always something going wrong with the darned thing, so it’s expensive, too!
Post # 12
I used to. I drove a ’97 Chevy Blazer piece of crap that I loved, but I had to get rid of it after I got into an accident. Then I got a ’98 Nissan Altima that I loved, but it started having lots of problems and I had to sell it because it stopped being worth the money I’d have to put into it. My FI misses his ’90 Honda CRX baaaaaaaaaaaaaad. It was on the junky side, but we both loved it. We sold it to his little brother, actually, so it’s still in the family!
We drive much nicer cars now (’02 Subaru Impreza WRX and ’06 Impreza wagon), thankfully. Had to go for reliability when we could finally afford it.
Post # 13
I have a 96 subaru legacy brighton wagon. It has about 221,000 miles and its a little beat up but its awd so terrific plus the motor runs like a top so I can’t complain to much. Def want to eventually get a new model subaru them babies last forever and are as reliable a car as you can buy.
Post # 14
@bunnyharriet: Well it’s actually mine 🙂 We don’t have any newer cars anyway lol. I’m pretty sure our 91 F-150 has around 250k on it, and I know my Subaru has somewhere around 210k. Our other car is a 91 Celica and it has like 275k. Still running strong! They just don’t make em like they used to 😉
Post # 15
We usually drive my FI’s mom’s clunker because we swapped our car with her… she needed a reliable car, she isn’t gonig to be able to deal with it if it starts acting up.
I like it a lot actually. We live in a hectic city. We can park it wherever and not worry. It draws no attention to itself. And it has character.
Still, we will probably be replacing it soon… it’s just coming to the end of its useful life.
Post # 16
Oh, just kill me now. I am almost certain the rack needs to be replaced. That sucks. I just did some googling…