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Trading in a dead horse for an antelope

Well, the '89 Bronco that Rick bought 2 years ago died on Friday. Not too bad considering we expected the thing to just be getting us by for 6 months or so. And it still runs, it just dropped the transmission so it won't go anywhere. Hellbob really couldn't have picked a much better place for it to die. It was the bottom of the exit ramp near home and the gas station literally right across the street is the one AAA dispatches tow trucks from so he was able to just walk across the street, say it was dead, and get it towed on home. 
Saturday we went out in the lovely drizzle to look at cars. We went to the Saturn dealer first and we found a 2002 Chevy Impala for a good price and decided to get that. We go back tonight to sign the financing papers and Hellbob will have a functioning vehicle again! 
Of course, now he'll be able to sneak into the house all stealthy like since I won't hear him coming from a block away!



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Apr. 2nd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yep! That's the one. I had seen that ad before we left and it didn't really look impressive. We quickly whittled it down to that one and a Ford Escape that was at the very edge of our price range and substantially higher than the Impala. There's only so many vehicles I really fit in, after all. The Escape was nice but it was much more expensive and just a no-frills base model while the Impala had all the cool bells and whistles.

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Apr. 2nd, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
I checked most of those things but I don't think I did get a CarFax yet. Everything seemed to be on the up and up. Suspension was a little soft, but I've read that that's a common problem with the model. It's got the 3.8 engine, so that should be solid at least.

I'll have to check into the cooling system, thanks for that. I didn't go crazy checking but everything seemed to be working. I have a three day return option and 30 days to exchange, so it should all work out okay.
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Apr. 2nd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a much sweeter ride, that's for sure. The MPG avg that the computer had on it was 24, so that seems pretty good. The mileage ratings in the guides put it on par with our Saturn, so that's fine by me.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the new car! :) I hope it holds up as well as the Bronco did.

Definitely run a CarFax on it.

That's great that you get three days to return it.
Apr. 2nd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We've been pretty happy with that Saturn service place.
Apr. 3rd, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
A car place you can trust is gold.
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