Life of a Blogger | Cars

January 9, 2014 Life of a Blogger 30

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat. Each week Jessi chooses a topic (scheduled in advance) that’s not book related so we that we can get to know our fellow bloggers better – and to know more about them than just books. I’m thrilled to join in and I hope to participate every week from here on out. I hope you’ll join in too – check out the details here!

This week’s topic Cars

So I’m not entirely sure if I’m supposed to be talking about what I drive, would like to drive, used to drive or just how I feel about cars. When in doubt, do it all, right?

In all seriousness, I don’t have a lot to say about cars because I’m not a big car fan. In fact, if I could walk or take public transportation everywhere I would. This goes in direct opposition with the fact that I don’t really like the city – where most public transportation is. Ideally, I guess I’d live in the true country and ride horses.

I don’t though. I live in the suburbs and I have to drive sometimes. I do take public transportation when I can. When I do drive, I take my 1998 White F-150. This truck is old, but reliable. It has 270,00 miles and is still going strong. We bought it used about three years ago and it’s seen us through 5 moves I think. We chose a truck because we knew we’d have several moves in the near future and it’s been a good decision. Our truck has also helped us make 15 trips between DFW and St. Louis, MO in the past three years. So I have to say, it’s been a good truck.

That’s not to say it’s without it’s problems. A friend of mine has nicknamed it the remote control truck. That’s because it has a wiring problem which we cannot afford to fix. So every time we won’t be driving it for a few hours, we have to unplug the battery. Which of course means we have to rebook the battery every time we’re going to drive it. We’re used to it and it’s not that big of a deal.

I will give a quick mention to my two previous cars – I loved them both. My first ever car was a 1994 Sentra. I bought it from my parents when I was 16, finishing off about 6 months of payments. I drove it until I was 22 and it had 250,000 miles. It got to a point that I had to replace it, though, because I was replacing a battery or an alternator every 6 months. Even with warranties that got old. Though I did become quite skilled at fixing both all by myself.

That’s when I bought a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer – the OZ Rally model. I bought the standard version of the car, even though I didn’t know how to drive a standard. I must admit, I loved it. But it was costly when I had to replace the clutch. Three years ago, when the clutch was going out again, I decided it was time to part ways. I drove it to over 160,000 miles.

So if you haven’t guessed it already – I try to keep my cars as long as possible. I’m not someone who would ever lease a car, as I just can’t see spending that kind of money for temporary. I buy a car (and try to pay cash, rather than do a loan) and then drive it until it either needs repairs that are too costly to be worth it.

What about y’all? Any car fanatics out there?


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30 Responses to “Life of a Blogger | Cars”

  1. Louise

    I don’t like driving and I am not all the fond of cars in general. I would ride horses around town if I could too. Still, I am stuck driving and that means I need to learn about cars and get the most out of them. I too know how to change batteries, brakes, and tires. My parents taught me how to take care of a car and now I drive cars until they pretty much die.
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  2. Berls

    Ohh I think I loved cars more before I could drive. After my first 4 speeding tickets and all the costs of driving, I stopped loving them so much LOL

  3. Jessi

    Wow, that truck has been through a lot! They just don’t make them like they used to anymore. My ’95 Lebaron survived hitting a deer with only cracked paint, yet my ’06 G6 didn’t. The whole bumper was shattered and had to be replaced!

    That’s awesome that you had a Lancer! I feel you on the cost, though…foreign cars are expensive as hell to get parts for. I had a Jetta (damn German engineering!)….will never buy foreign again!
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    • Berls

      The truck is a survivor. Today it decided that it no longer wants to tell me how fast I’m driving LOL Good thing my map app tells me. I think I like older cars better because they really are more durable – the new ones just don’t have the same life in them.

      I loved my Lancer, but yep – those parts were no joke! No more foreign cars for me either!

    • Berls

      I never dreamed I’d be a Ford Truck girl – just because I’ve always liked the small vehicles (like my first two cars). They’re better for gas and easier to park and maneuver. But I do love my truck. It comes in super handy and it’s reliable. F-250s are BIG – I’d love the space, but hate driving it I think.

        • Berls

          Yeah I wouldn’t be able to drive it either. I had to google Ford Edge, since I really don’t know my cars too well – and I have to say it looks like a pretty nice SUV! Before my F150 I don’t think I would have ever dreamed I’d be such a Ford fan, but it’s proven to be dependable, so I’m a Ford girl!

  4. Lupdilup

    I’ve never owned a truck in my entire life. My father did have one, and I learned how to drive it when I was 13 (third world country rules, if you have car you can teach your kid how to drive when he/she can reach the pedals..LOL), but when I bought my first car I never looked at any trucks, I always associated them with hard labor…LOL so I never desired one.
    Trucks had gotten so much cooler and comfortable in the last 15 years that they are starting to turn my head.
    I do love the smell of a new car πŸ™‚
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    • Berls

      LOL I’m not much different from you Felicia. In fact, I think I’m worse in that I’m more interested in appearance than specs. Though I did seriously love my Lancer because it was a standard, so maybe I got a little excited about specs.

  5. Kelly

    I’m not much of a car fanatic either, but I do have cars that I would like to have. Especially now that the car I’ve had almost 10 years is in need of a transmission and isn’t drive-able.
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    • Berls

      That will make you want to get a new car! I hope mine has a couple years before it gets there. I don’t want a payment and I don’t have enough saved yet to buy a replacement without a car payment.

  6. Bookworm Brandee

    LOL I don’t know why but it made me laugh to think of you driving an F-150. I think of truck owners as being from Texas or as being cowboys, I suppose. πŸ™‚ Of course, I AM from Texas but I drive a minivan. LOL

    I actually adore cars – looking at them anyway. I love a 65-66 t-bird, 67 camaro, and I LOVE Ford Falcons! πŸ™‚ My first car was a junker Toyota Celica – don’t remember the year – I had to carry a gallon of water around because my radiator was cracked and boy did it shimmy between 2nd and 3rd gear. I bought a VW Fox for myself when I graduated HS. And my next car after that was a Toyota Camry…which I still own. Living in the mountains now, my next car will be a Subaru! LOL

    Fun post, Berls!
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    • Berls

      LOL you made me laugh because I don’t think I’ve said it much on here but I actually am a Texan πŸ™‚ I’ve been in St Louis for a while, but I just moved back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and am so happy to be home.

      And I can totally relate to the carrying water around for the radiator – I haven’t done that, but I keep an extra battery in my truck because it likes to die. One time I stopped for gas and by time I finished filling up the truck wouldn’t start. changed the battery right there at the pump. But that’s why I keep a battery on me at all times!

    • Berls

      Lol – I never thought I’d be writing a post about cars either. I do enjoy roadtrips – we’ve taken many in the truck and I’ve enjoyed most of them. If I could skip the cost and the mechanical problems, cars would be pretty great. Too bad those are the first things I think of when I think of a car.

  7. A Voracious Reader

    I’ve had many vehicles in my life and only 2 were new. I started out with a 1978 Pinto station wagon, metallic copper in color. My parents bought it for me when I turned 16 (in 1984) because I had an after school job. I had a 72 Monte Carlo that was really nice. My first new car was right after my divorce. I bought a 91 Mercury Tracer. I traded that in for a 93 Grand Am. No more new cars after that. I learned it’s better to look for 3 yr old or so vehicle with good mileage, to save on the depreciation. In 2003 we bought a 2000 Pontiac Montana that was totaled (not husband fault) in 2005. We replaced it with another 2000 Montana that we replaced the engine in it in 2012. So many problems with that POS. I will never buy another GM product again. Grrr! Our other car was a 91 Honda Accord that we bought in 2001 (I think) and we drove that sucker until the head gasket blew in 2012 (at the same time the engine was being replaced in the Montana!) We replaced it with a 97 Accord and that’s what we’re still driving. No car payments is very nice, I can tell you. lol And Accords are work horses. We’d buy another one in a heartbeat. We would LOVE to get a Ford truck. It’s our plan for the next vehicle, whenever that is.
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    • Berls

      Ok I don’t know much about cars but I think Pintos were nicknamed “death traps” right? and then to switch from that to a Monte Carlo – which, once again I don’t know cars, but I know Monte Carlos because they are my BF’s dream car. And then Hondas are great cars! I’ve never had one of my own, but have considered an accord and a civic each time I get a new vehicle. I do love our truck, despite it’s flaws.

  8. Michelle

    This week I HATE cars lol.
    My tire on my truck (Ford Escape) got a metal stick in it. So my tire went flat and I just payed 200 for the stupid tire. It fixed but they doing know how long it will last. UGH!

    My VW Cabrio had the temp light on, needs antifreeze and the check engine light is on for mysterious reasons, no one can find whats wrong with it. However it runs nice even with the light on…Mystery!

    So I am a Car jinx this week πŸ™‚ I call my VW Justin Cabrio.
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    • Berls

      Aww that blows AND is a big reason why I’m not a big car fan. Our truck’s check engine light comes on and off all the time. I’ve learned that it doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Or maybe it does, but nothing serious I guess since the truck continues to run just fine (like my definition of fine? LOL).

  9. Vilia

    Have you named your truck? I couldn’t really care less about the features of cars but I have to have a cool name. My first one was Gertrude aka Gertie and my current one is Lola Vavoom.
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    • Berls

      I’ve never named my truck or any of my vehicles actually. I know it’s something most people seem to do and I’m surprised I don’t, since I do get pretty attached to my vehicles. I think it might be because I have such a hard time coming up with names I like – even when I write names are one of the hardest parts for me! LOL though – I love the name Lola Vavoom, that’s awesome!

  10. Angie

    I too try to keep my cars as long as possible. Of course I would love a new car… who wouldn’t. But once a car is paid off man that is just $$$$ in my pocket. Our second vehicle is about to be paid off.. what a financial burden gone. Of course most of the money just goes to my diabetic cats but hey! Whatever!
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    • Berls

      Exactly! I hate having a car payment, but if someone wanted to give me a new car for free I sure wouldn’t say no! congrats on being almost done with that car payment, I know it will be a relief – even if the money just has to go to the cats, at least it’s not tied up on a car payment, right? πŸ™‚

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