January 11, 2004
daily driver

ok, i am facing the reality that sometime in the forseeable future-- like before the end of 2004-- i'm going to need to have a new daily driver so spacepod can get a break and go into semi-retirement.

problem is, i can't make a decision about what kind of vehicle that new daily driver should be. sarah asked me what i was considering, and i wrote out the whole long list, which i'm going to re-post here, more for my own records than because i think it will be of great interest to other people.

too expensive to buy and/or maintain:

  • a new new beetle or nb convertible
  • a used new beetle or nb convertible
  • a new golf or gti
  • a eurovan w/ weekender option
  • a honda insight
  • a mini
  • a used late model golf, gti, or cabrio

may not be reliable, but i could learn to work on it myself. not safe in a crash by current standards. would have to wake up earlier b/c driving it over 55 every day would spell an early death to the engine:

  • an old beetle
  • an old karmann ghia
  • an old crew cab

same issues as above, but with higher initial cost and may be harder to work on myself:

  • an 80's vanagon w/ camper option
  • a diesel '82 vanagon camper
  • a diesel rabbit pickup truck

other options:

  • a sensible used honda (yawn)
  • christa's crx (i may not be able to wait that long!)
  • someone else's crx
  • an old vw cabriolet (the rabbit convertible)
Posted by lisa at January 11, 2004 10:49 AM | TrackBack

I strongly advise against a car with no air conditioning as a daily driver. It's nice in the spring and fall, but 6 pm on an August afternoon you do not want to be sitting in a car stuck in traffic with the windows open.

When I drove my Toyota, there were times that I needed to run errands after work but by the time I got there, I was so fatigued from the heat and unpresentable (i.e. clothes all sweaty) that I would just go home instead. It was no fun.

Posted by: Sarah on January 11, 2004 12:55 PM

well, i will still be driving spacepod sometimes. actually, he will *need* to be driven, and the a/c will need to be used, too, so i am not overly concerned about that.

Posted by: lisa on January 11, 2004 01:18 PM

plus, no A/C builds character!

just look at me... i'm *oozing* character!!

Posted by: christa on January 11, 2004 02:25 PM

Fuck it -- don't get another car. Drive this one until you literally can't afford to repair it any more. Two cars is worse than one car. I thought I'd fix the older one while I drove the newer one daily, but I haven't done that, and I've had the new car for 15 months. Of course, I'm pissed because someone vandalized my car over the weekend.... Maybe they did it because I have two cars. :/ But if you do get a second car, pick something you'll like driving (which I think means AC in the South).

Posted by: Joseph H Vilas on January 11, 2004 10:56 PM

believe me, one of my big fears is winding up with a rotting hunk of unmoveable metal in front of my house, and several thousand dollars down the drain. this is why plans to own a car that i could/should repair myself scare me. also, older cars that i can't tow with spacepod also scare me (like a vanagon).

but the reality is, i put 25k a year on spacepod. i don't know where the miles are coming from. the roswell trip accounts for *maybe* 4k a year. at this rate, even if the engine goes a very optimisitc 300k, i've only got 8 more years on the engine, and that's not ok! i've killed three engines in my life and i'm not going to do it to spacepod.

Posted by: lisa on January 11, 2004 11:46 PM
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