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Still no car

March 28th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I miss my car. I havent had time to try driving the hubs rig and have relied on DD3 taxi-ing me around. NOT fun.

The hub suggested last night that I should consider replacing my car so it doesnt start nickel and diming us. hmmm. This, from my mechanic husband... My car, a 2005 Kia Amanti, has only 85,000 miles on it. Ive owned it since 2007. I would hope there are still many good years left on it before we get to that point. However, I will definately track any problems with the car so that I we will know for sure. Aside from this week, the car is still in really good (cosmetic) condition and is very comfy to drive, so unless I really need to change, doing so is not on my near-future to do list. (Nor do I want it to be).

The hubs paycheck is $200 more than budgeted. However, he had a couple of charges on his visa that we payoff each month. The net extra is being absorbed into the food budget. Having DD3 living with me and not having a car have both added to convenience foods this week. Whatever is extra will go towards the car repair bill.

7 Responses to “Still no car”

  1. Merilu Says:

    Has anyone heard how Jeffrey is doing? I checked his other blogs and there has been no activity. It has been quite a while since we had an update. And, Ray, you are one of my favorite bloggers.

  2. jeffrey Says:

    Doing OK although still not 100% -- thanks for asking Smile

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    You *should* have a lot more life in that car! The "down side" to Kias is that sometimes it's hard to find parts for it. My neighbor got hit and was without hers for MONTHS while they waited for a part to come in from overseas. My 2007 Hyundai Elantra has 128K miles and my friend's 2005 Sonata has almost 200K miles. Hyundai/Kia are practically the same car and their reliability has greatly improved since the beginning. Your car is still a youngin'! Smile

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    awww...thanks Merilu- you made my day!

    Jeffrey- so glad you are doing ok. Obviously you are missed when you arent around!!

    dmontngrey- I thought my car was still in its young years. Thank you for validating! It is taking a while for the part...but thankfully, I havent had to replace things until now.

  5. snafu Says:

    Thanks for checking in jeffrey, glad you're on the mend. I too have a Hyundai and listed it's weak points noted in Lemon-Aid, so I can anticipate/budget work that based on mileage, will soon be needed. Might ease DH's mind to know what to expect.

  6. dmontngrey Says:

    My only major issue so far was a cracked cv boot, that caused the axle to need replacing. Dealer only part that cost $500!! (just the part - DH did the labor) The flip side to this is that when I had my Jetta, I'd had the clutch replaced TWICE by 120K miles. Nevermind all the other problems. Never again with a VW - I am quite happy with my Elantra. My friend with the Sonata just had the clutch done for the first time at 190K. I'm just thrilled mine shows no wear yet. My car does NOT seem 6 years old with 128K miles.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sorry about your car troubles Ray. Frown
    Jeffrey, good to see you checking in.

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