- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
My car is special. It’s got a few quirks, but I know what the quirks are and I manage to drive it fine.
I got this car in late 2008 for a mere $2200. It’s a 1998 Saturn SLS. I’ve kept track of all it’s related costs (gas, insurance, tires, registration, everything) and it’s cost me $1200-1800 each year to own/operate. I think I got my money’s worth!
Right now there is no A/C. I bought it like that. No biggie.
Wipers have issues. I think I need a wiper assembly unit as one wiper doesn’t move at the proper rate and gets mangled by the other wiper. Luckily is hasn’t been an issue (doesn’t rain here too much) but it will need fixing prior to December’s state inspection.
Locks have issues. If the auto lock is not perfectly in neutral, the locks will continually grind and kill the battery. I’ve replaced said battery (someone told me the locks were caused by a bad battery) and no luck. They still do it. If I happened to roll all my windows up (so I cannot reach my arm in) and it does this grinding thing when I’m at work, I’ll have to crawl through my trunk to open the doors. The fob doesn’t work on the doors, but it does the trunk. Won’t affect state inspection. Locks are not necessary here.
Reserve has issues – IN CERTAIN CASES. If I drive up a steep dirt road (like going to a trailhead), or sit at the drive thru line too long when it’s 100 degrees out, the engine will get too hot and the car won’t go in reverse. It will violently lunge and then die. I know when it’s going to happen so I don’t get into those situations anymore! I had it looked at once and they supposedly fixed it. Won’t affect state inspection.
Side view passenger mirror casing got knocked once and is kind of floppy. Will need fixing for December inspection.
Engine. Well I think it’s OK. I’m not going to drive it out of the valley any more (5 mi trip max) for fear of something breaking. But it’s sounding louder “chukah-chukah-chukah” these days.
I think I only need my mirror and wipers fixed to pass inspection, but other than that, just annoyances? Would you still be driving it?
We could buy another car in the near future. We’d pay cash for like $4000 or under (doable in this area). I feel this car has some life in it still. I don’t feel it’s dangerous but I do need to fix certain things (aka drop money into it) come December. It’s just used for scooting around town/going to work. Under 2.5 miles each way.
Do I NEED a car? No, I got around for 8 months without a car when I was newly divorced. Getting groceries and other commuting was a general PITA though.
My H has a car that is very reliable. We use that for longer distances.