Thursday, May 8, 2014

UnDecisions

DJ's car is rusting. I have said this before. In fact, I was to the point where I was sick of talking about car problems. You know its bad when I don't want to talk about, vent about it, or acknowledge it.
This is a picture of the tail light that was busted in the high school parking lot.
And this is the other side of DJ's car. Both sides are rusting out by the back wheel wells. It seems that most Luminas are rusting in the same spot. Honestly, the next time you see a Lumina you will see that it is rusting  on both sides near or on the wheel wells and that the paint is peeling off of the trunk lid. Other than that, the cars are wonderful.
Out of all of the cars that I have owned, this is the one car that I feel as if we got our money's worth out of. We bought it for $4500 and that was 11 years ago. If we were making payments on it, it would be $34.10 a month. Giggle. I'm not including repairs. The transmission was a big bill and Den ripping apart the motor was a chunk of money. That said we have gotten more than we gave with this car.
Hmmmmmm, this sounds like the goodbye speech.
The check engine light was on again. And it was leaking a little bit here and there. So Den and I really did decide that we would let DJ drive it until he went to college and then we would try and find another loving home for it. We were willing to add a few dollars here and there to keep it running until we got rid of it but that was it.
Den added some stop leak and DJ tightened the oil filter. No more leaks and then the check engine light went off. Out of all the cars this winter, the Lumina was the one that started on the first turn every time. So we decided it was time for the car to go and then it changed our mind for us. It can stay. Maybe it will heal the rust spots too.
I'm scared to even type this but we have all four cars running in good shape, no check engine lights on. Now all we need to do is fix the rust, scrapes and dings and the fleet will be in tip top shape. I'm thinking that Den needs to learn auto body. Hmmmmmm, I thinking again.
Christine owner,
Sonya Ann


10 comments:

McVal said...

lol! That car has talked you into letting it stay, eh?! Christine car indeed...

slugmama said...

Do our lives ALWAYS mirror each other? lolol

Anonymous said...

I had a white lumina and I loved it. It had paint peeling all over it. When we would drive on the highway it looked like a snow storm behind us! I always felt bad for the people behind us. It finally rusted out underneath and it was in danger of becoming one of the flintstones cars.

Laurie

Jenny Woolf said...

Can't help getting fond of some cars though...

Sonya Ann said...

McVal-It kind of feels that way!

Sonya Ann said...

sluggy-I think its cuz we have old cars and don't want to buy new and have a car payment.

Sonya Ann said...

Laurie-They are great cars and love to flake paint. Den took the car to the carwash(one with the brushes) and it looked like we skinned the car.

Sonya Ann said...

Jenny Woolf-And that's it in a nut shell. This is the best car that we have ever owned. Its a diehard but there comes a point where you have to put her down. :(

Frances said...

Hubby says he will drive his car til the wheels fall off. Maybe you should just plan to drive the Lumina til it dies. Maybe it never will!

Sonya Ann said...

Frances-Maybe! We may have to go back and get chunks of it off the road though.