I have to admit that traveling in a full sized car is a lot more comfortable than some of the shoe boxes I have owned in the past. Our 69 Chevelle was a nice car to drive on a sunny day but a beast in the snow and without bucket seats I could not sit in the front seat on the passenger side comfortably. It also got about 13 MPG and I could have not afforded to drive it to Lawrence from Leavenworth for two years. We bought a Vega for that purpose and that car died an utter failure three times. Twice GM put a new motor in it and the third time I just had its rusty ass hauled to the junk yard.
|I was going to put a Vega picture here but they all are gone.|
A couple of years ago Barb was reading the paper and found a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria fo about half of what a new car would cost. It had only 14,000 miles and it is a great road car. That car gets at least 25 MPG on the road and is a dream to drive. What had Ford done to make my life better? Yep, they stopped making the Crown Vic. Throw in the Mercury Marquis and both cars are gone. I hate it when that happens.
Counting the parts cars in the yard, I have two drivers and five vehicles. This spring I am finally going to use the tractor (a sixth vehicle I didn't include in the other count) to drag the parts cars out by the side of the road for the car breakers to haul off. Wait, I didn't include the frame and cab off a truck down by the well. Make that count 5 2/3rds vehicles for two drivers.
In the back of my mind, there is one Foreign car brand that draws me back. Volvo has always been a car that I liked. The problem here near Topeka is that I would have to drive to Kansas City to have it worked on by a Volvo dealer. That one fact alone just deters me from that choice. I have put many good miles on cars wearing the Volvo brand and I probably won't do so again. After one bad family experience, Barbara won't even entertain the discussion of Volkswagens.
What I want is a front wheel drive car that gets at least 25 MPG on the road and will let me drive 8-12 hours and not beat me up so bad that I need help to get the bags out of the car. I won't even address the need for a personal toilet because Barbara thinks a camper type vehicle is just not in her choices. She would rather pay for a Motel now and then than have a camper in the yard. I am not sure that I don't agree. (or at least comply)
Oh well, what do you think?