I've got a Geo Metro that I bought new in '94. It served me well through many WI winters, pizza delivery jobs, and two trips between Seattle and Wisconsin. For the past year the car has been sitting in my driveway. It just stopped working one day. I suspect it was vandalism that put it in it's current state.
The plan was to get ahead enough in the finances to get The Little Beast That Could running again. It's a great little car. Great gas mileage. Drives and handles well. Easy to park. There's only one small problem. Since I used it so much in WI there exists a large problem with corrosion and oxidation (despite getting the Tru-Koat™). Appearance-wise, I could care less. I'm not going to be picking up chicks in the thing so it doesn't matter if it looks like a rust-bucket. The problem is with the engine. The few times I've had to take it in for service I heard complaints about the rusted bolts. So if professional mechanics are having trouble with it, I assume it would be nearly impossible for me to tinker with it.
I've always wanted to know how to work on cars and take them apart and put them back together. I've recently decided that I will put this a little higher on the priority list. I figure it will be an inexpensive way to learn new things while spending time with my kids and teaching them something worthwhile. But it ain't gonna happen with the Metro.
I'm going to have to get a second job so I can afford it. I'll probably just deliver pizzas on the weekends or something.
My thoughts are led in this direction because the clutch on my Subaru started slipping a few days ago. So I'm going to have to bring it in for service. In the meantime I'll still need transportation. Funny thing about living in the middle of nowhere; personal transportation is a necessity. So I figured, "Hmm...I guess I'll have to get the Metro fixed sooner than expected." But then I got to thinking that there's no way I can afford to put $2000 on my credit card to fix the damn thing without getting a second job. If I'm going to be forced to get a second job, I might as well get a newer car that'll be easier for me to work on. It's going to be less hassle if not cheaper in the long run to just write off the Metro and go for a New/Used car. I might just get a newer Metro that hasn't experienced the horrors of road salt. Or maybe a small pickup?
Shit..why don't I just go all out and get that Hummer I've always wanted. *cough wheeze*