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Before...this is my Volvo which is a cross-country, but Weatherdude's is identical except it's black and not XC. Same year. It easily hides the new car.

Ta-Da! After photo...first new car in 22 years! (Weatherdude's was ALMOST new 12 years ago, only 11 months old.)

Lj is having issues loading more photos, so we will load those later.

VW Turbo Diesel Jetta Wagon...they've only been making them since 2010 and this is a 2011 (2012 not in production yet). 114 miles. Came up from Richmond that day (driven there) and we bought it because it was "not black" our only color specification. We also thought we might like the roof. It's an automatic, which is a weird thing to get in a VW, I know. But oh man, it shifts itself like I shift! That's been fun. It downshifts. It has torque at low speed. It has get up and go. We like cars that accommodate my maniacal driving skills (testimonials available upon request). Weatherdude picked this one out and it meets a lot of my requirements, though I didn't think it would. And oh what heaven to have a turning radius again! (I used to have a mercedes and grew up with merc and VW.)

So the ride is a bit harder than our Volvos, but they're full of shake, rattle, and roll these days, so it's hard to say this is much worse. The new Volvo version of my car is simply everything I hated in my Volvo and not enough of what I loved to compensate.

We get to take this baby on a really long road trip in August. And yes, someone will be here watching house, chickens and many useless cats.

Frog Out



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Aug. 1st, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! Pretty! Shiny!


(though I am somewhat chagrined to admit that my "newer" car is still older than your "old" car...)
Aug. 1st, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
No, not chagrined! You have a "newer" car older than a '99? My car has 225k on it, his has 185k. Makes it hard to trust 'em to the kind of long mileage I do alone on a regular basis, up the east coast. I've had alternators blow and catalytic converters fall off and the HVAC from hell that likes to blow hot steam at the windshield in a rain storm, just when you wish it wouldn't. And some other bits and oddities, like broken arms and deer strikes.

I've had the money saved for new cars all along. We would buy a used "new" but this model doesn't come onto the used market yet.
Aug. 1st, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Our "newer" car is a '94 minivan (see userpic) with 242,000 on it. Our "older" car is a '93 minivan with 212,000 on it.

Yes, we've had to do some repairs on them (like when the side door fell off while we were on vacation one time). And they have their quirks and problems. But for the time being, we're keeping them out of the landfill.

We're actually thinking about taking the '93 to Reno, because it has better air conditioning.
Aug. 1st, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Go you! And geez, yes, A/C! So is it generally two of you on long trips? Because I never worried with Weatherdude with me. It was the 1k by myself or with just Miss E that tended to stress me out.
Aug. 1st, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yep, it's usually me and the Beloved Husband together. And we do have cell phones and AAA Plus.

The only time I ever had to take long(-ish) road trips by myself was when I worked for an oil company and had to drive to exciting places like Vernal, UT, and Baggs, WY. But then I had a company car and a company cell phone.

We are going to need to put new brakes and tires on the old car, and probably an oil change. But she runs pretty well for a car that's old enough to vote!
Aug. 1st, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
What a lovely car, and so practical. Best of luck with it.
Aug. 1st, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Nice ride!
It's just the same color as my new old car! We just got a 10-year-old SUV as an emergency vehicle for winter. I'm fond of red-- it's so flashy :-)
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