Firebird music for a Firebird band / He's just goin' fast as he can yeah yeah
posted by pph at 2:31 PM
I bought a $400 car - a Ford Escort Wagon - last June. It lasted to the end of May this year. Whereupon I bought another $400 car - a Mazda 626. It's in its second month, and I have high hopes.
I was given the, um, rustic '90 Geo Prizm (a.k.a. The Gizm, a.k.a. The Widowmaker because the driver's side door doesn't open from the inside without considerable effort) you saw me with in Portlandia, but the previous owner purchased it for $100. Took it in for its first oil change with no small trepidation about what the mechanic would tell me after giving it the once over. It is no stretch to say I nearly soiled myself laughing after he told me that everything looked great; belts, hoses, fluids, brakes, everything (well, under the hood anyway). Makes two weekly round trips from Eugene to Portland with no problems.So I guess the moral of the story is this, which really isn't a moral at all: If $100 gets you what I'm driving, I can only imagine what $200 would get. A guy can dream.
ahhhh craig's list. cheap cars are nightmares, but they can be such adventures too. last year i was feeling really awful, carless, doing poorly in school and in love with a girl that didn't feel the same way about me. so i cheered myself up by buying a 1985 saab 900 8v for 200 bones. though it ran reasonably well, it was either stolen or part of some drug deal. oops.
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