SUMMARY: Repairs for another aging family member.
I said Sunday night that I was takin' MUTT MVR in for a checkup and that we'd go for a long walk, too.
MUTT MVR's brakes have been squealing for quite some time. Makes my ears hurt. A little embarrassing in public, like when inching one's way down a freeway entrance ramp under the control of metering lights. Plus one of the map lights, one of the dashboard lights, and the rear pop-out windows one-by-one stopped working. And we're due for an oil change. (6,000 miles per mfg recommendation; I've added no oil, down not even a quart, amazing at any age, but particularly this age.)
Pop-out windows in particular are an issue when I have dogs in the car and want cross-ventilation. They work only electrically. Which is too bad right now, because it's expensive to diagnose and, I fear, will be expensive to fix because they have to open up the side walls, and dagnabit I didn't think to take the crates out of the back. Oh, well, that might mean another trip in the future.
Dropped MM off bright and early, then the Merle Girls and I walked home in the cool morning air, a bit over 2 miles.
Starting to ponder:
- It would be really cool to have a still-healthy car go over 200,000 miles--I've never come this close before. That would be about 2 more years.
- If small things are starting to go wrong, will I end up putting more money into fixing than I would into a new car?
- Should I spend the money to get the damaged front corner fixed, or save it for an eventual newer vehicle? Would the cost to fix it come back in bluebook value, and do I care?
- Should I get a second, small, high-MPG car for tooling around town with just myself? If so, rent or lease?
- If I replaced MUTT MVR, would I replace it with a later model of the same thing?
These are very early ponderings.