Friday, May 25, 2007

If it's not the house, then it's the car...

I'm not a car person. Seriously. As long as it gets me where I need to be, I'm not really picky about the make, model, color, etc. Though I would prefer that it gets reasonably decent gas mileage (and for that there was nothing like the 74 Volkswagon I inherited from my sister when I turned 16). Generally speaking, I drive because I have to not because I like to. If it didn't require 3 bus transfers and at least an hour, I would probably take the bus to work everyday (but it would increase my current commute time by 300% so I make excuses). I had planned to drive to my parent's this weekend while Rykert was stuck here working the long weekend. In preparation, Rykert took my car to our usual mechanic (a local guy who has proven over the past 6 years to be quite honest and reliable) for an oil change. As he's driving my car back to my workplace to make the great car switch, the oil light comes on at a redlight and the engine stalls. He calls a tow truck only to discover that all of the brand new oil has leaked into the engine and on the ground. Something about a faulty filter. This isn't good. I don't know much about cars, but I know that this isn't good. The car now sits at the mechanic awaiting full diagnosis. Apparently it will need to have the engine block rebuilt or something, which is very expensive. If this is true and comes to pass, then I will undoubtedly be driving that Saturn until its death (in another 100,000 miles). In the meantime the mechanic and his liability insurance underwriter and the parts supplier and their insurers are all fighting over who's fault it was. I don't really care who's fault it was, just fix it. It looks like the very earliest that the car can be put back to together will be next week (in just enough time to throw a complete curve ball at my plans.)

Hopefully an update on my small (and kinda pathetic) garden soon...

3 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Wool Winder said...

You're right, it doesn't sound good. Hope it gets fixed soon.

Knittripps said...

Ack! I hate car problems. I love my car but having a car can be such a hassle. Since I have been riding the bus to work and Mr. Knittripps works from home, I have been playing around with the idea of getting rid of one of our two vehicles. I hope everything works out and it isn't too expensive to fix.

Jen said...

It could be worse. Two weeks after we moved into our first house, my old car caught fire in the garage! Fortunately it was a detached garage and we lived 5 blocks from the fire department.

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