My car is a 1993 Chevy Lumina with 135,000+ miles on it, which I got free--FREE!!--from my favorite aunt when she traded up several years ago. I take great pride in the fact that not only is the Sal-mobile a semi-reliable means of transportation, it's also a statement. What it is stating is that I choose to have other priorities more important than a cool car. Of course, that's a bit of a stretch--after all, what could possibly not be cool about a "Euro" model with a spoiler? (Except, of course, that it's a spoiler tacked on the back of a 4-door Chevrolet sedan. It does, however, keep down the rear end when I'm powering through turns at 30 or 35 mph).
This hurts a bit. In high school and college, I drove a beautiful 1978 Mustang II Ghia with a 302 cubic inch V8 and a smoked glass sunroof. I was a car guy. Do you know how hard it is to be a car guy when your nicest vehicle is a 13-year-old minivan, and that's not the one you drive?
This past week, I thought it was finally over for the Sal-Mobile. The temp needle spiked and steam began coming from the engine. Not the radiator, or the top of bottom hose, but sort of a generic, engine-like area. Now obviously, when your car has zero resale value, there's a top-most limit to how much you'll spend on repairs. I was pretty sure this would be the job that forced me to buy another $500-1000 beater and drive IT into the ground. Well, my mechanic (a great guy named Phillip, who's been doing my repairs in his driveway since long before he opened his own shop) found a broken hose hidden where I didn't know one went. Thirty bucks, including the house call. I guess it's hard to keep a good clunker down.
Really, I can't complain. I've got power steering, power locks, power doors, cruise control, cold air, occasional heat, comfy seating for 5, cramped seating for 6, and, of course, the statement.
By the way, Becky says if I call it the Sal-Mobile, I have to have a super power. Well, first of all, Batman had a Batmobile, and he's got no powers. And secondly, I think making it for all these years without a payment is pretty super, all by itself.