Comments: When Football Sucks Your Soul Dry

After seventeen years, surprisingly the transmission was still holding up, but the plastic pieces hardened and shattered. That meant the A/C blower froze in the defrost position, the radio no longer worked, any latches made of plastic no longer worked and I couldn't keep windshield washer fluid for longer than a few days.

However, for a Grand Caravan, the transmission still worked and there were no payments. That's what I kept telling myself as I'd angle the sun-visor to deflect the A/C off the windshield for a little cool air. *grin*

Just as your boys are avid football fans, my DH knows Craigslist. He found a seven year-old Lexus SUV with low mileage and the previous owner kept meticulous records. It honestly feels like I have a brand new car. The funny thing is, I'd driven without a radio for so long I keep forgetting to turn it on in this car. I've gotten used to the quiet.

I hope you have a successful hunt.

Posted by cin at August 16, 2013 01:42 AM

Oh I forgot that you can't always change the radio station. That's a weird quirky thing that's happened.

There is no way this car would make it 17 years. I'd have 400,000 miles on it!

Posted by Bou at August 16, 2013 07:47 AM

Start making car payments to yourself now, it'll get you in the habit and you'll have a downpayment which will help keep payments lower (hey, every little bit helps)

Posted by bbuddha at August 16, 2013 11:18 AM

Since you don't have to contend with tallness (that is our deciding factor when purchasing a vehicle). Have a look at the Nissan Pathfinder. We really really wanted one of them when we were buying, but unfortunately my husband didn't fit in the driver seat!!! Even with the seat reclined he had to tilt his head. Annoying.

But the Pathfinder we looked at had a great rear section with a rubberized floor so if you put wet or dirty stuff on it, it could easily be washed out. Loved that feature. Then you don't have to purchase a separate floor covering type thing to go in the back of the vehicle.

Our second option was the Subaru Forester which is a great vehicle if it has a sunroof (this - for some reason seems to lend the vehicle some sort of stability) Once again my husband doesn't fit with the sunroof and without it, the vehicle (brand new) rattled like mad. *double sigh*

With your three you might look at the Subaru Outback. Being in a place that is flat and gets no snow, you may really like that. It has a larger rear cargo area. For us, the front part ahead of the front tires was too far out and it doesn't work with our steep driveway in the snow.

Of course I can't complain. We got a used Mercedes ML350 and we love it. Not only does my husband have plenty of headroom even with a sunroof (unheard of in any other car we've ever been in) but the back seats are tall enough to hold my son (who is 6'5") - also unheard of. Spent more than we wanted, but it drives beautifully and has an even better turn radius than my Audi A4... something very necessary since we live in the land of U-Turns. heh.

Posted by Teresa at August 17, 2013 10:19 AM

Maybe get a truck with a tonneau cover on the back. Our Tundra got five grown people to Wisconsin and back without killing each other.

Posted by Mrs. Who at August 17, 2013 06:58 PM

Do you still need a mini-van? I had a Grand Caravan that was in about this status. We ended up buying a 1-year-old used Toyota Prius. I know you don't want to take on a car payment, but consider the impact that going from 16 miles/gallon to 48 miles/gallon (the actual mileage I'm getting) will have on that car payment.

Posted by RonF at August 19, 2013 02:42 PM