Jun. 27th, 2009

danagryphon: (House OMG)
My Honda Element, also known as the little orange lunch box, is 4 years old and has 80K miles on it. I have had to do very little in the way of maintenance so far (but have had it checked pretty religiously). Well, it's time has come. I just had to put the second set of new tires on it. I went with a little more expensive tire than last time, in the hopes that they will last more than 40K miles. However, before I get it inspected before the end of the month (coming up fast!), it also needs new brakes. All four of them, rotors and pads, the whole shebang. Ouch.

It is off at Midas right now getting this done.

The good news is that my dad recently cashed in a whole life policy that he and Mom had bought for me as a baby, which will just about cover the tires plus brakes.

So, now I'm just going to keep the thing forever. I've still got just under a year to pay on it. But I absolutely love the car, and now that I've done the major system that usually needs maintenance at this point, I'm hoping it will last me at least another 2-3 years before I feel the need to replace it. I'd like to have a couple of years without a car payment.

The Element is the ultimate camping vehicle. The only thing I've ever felt was a drawback with the car is that it can only seat 4 people. The backseat could hold 3 people (small children), but there are only 2 seatbelts back there. But I love that the seats split and one can be folded up so that I can fit all the camping stuff in there and still carry 3 people. If all 4 of us go camping (which almost never happens anyway), then we need to take M's truck anyway.

And besides, how many other parents have cars cool and distinctive enough that their kids want to make a replica of it for their last pinewood derby car?



danagryphon: (House OMG)
My Honda Element, also known as the little orange lunch box, is 4 years old and has 80K miles on it. I have had to do very little in the way of maintenance so far (but have had it checked pretty religiously). Well, it's time has come. I just had to put the second set of new tires on it. I went with a little more expensive tire than last time, in the hopes that they will last more than 40K miles. However, before I get it inspected before the end of the month (coming up fast!), it also needs new brakes. All four of them, rotors and pads, the whole shebang. Ouch.

It is off at Midas right now getting this done.

The good news is that my dad recently cashed in a whole life policy that he and Mom had bought for me as a baby, which will just about cover the tires plus brakes.

So, now I'm just going to keep the thing forever. I've still got just under a year to pay on it. But I absolutely love the car, and now that I've done the major system that usually needs maintenance at this point, I'm hoping it will last me at least another 2-3 years before I feel the need to replace it. I'd like to have a couple of years without a car payment.

The Element is the ultimate camping vehicle. The only thing I've ever felt was a drawback with the car is that it can only seat 4 people. The backseat could hold 3 people (small children), but there are only 2 seatbelts back there. But I love that the seats split and one can be folded up so that I can fit all the camping stuff in there and still carry 3 people. If all 4 of us go camping (which almost never happens anyway), then we need to take M's truck anyway.

And besides, how many other parents have cars cool and distinctive enough that their kids want to make a replica of it for their last pinewood derby car?



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