I was just talking to my friend Marianne the other day about how grateful I am that we are able to drive a paid off and reliable Honda Odyssey. I was speculating years more of driving it since it only has $122,000 miles, and Honda’s are supposed to last forever. Well friends, let’s roll forward one week later.
I drove out in the middle of nowhere on a friday night by myself to go and listen to my friend Karen sing with her band. On the way home, I had a feeling that instead of taking the windy/desolate road home like I had come, I should instead take the highway . Within 2 miles of being on the highway, my van slowly came to a dead stop just in time for me to pull over. At 11:00 p.m., Chris called a tow company to take the car home, and our friend Kevin was nice enough to come and give me a ride home since Chris was at home with the kids. We knew that our transmission had probably just completely died, although we hoped that it would be an easier/less expensive fix. Well, after finding out that the fix for the car would be close to the same price that it is worth, we have decided that it will be better to get a different car. We were able to sell our van to a guy who specializes in fixing transmission in odysseys, but we have to wait until the refinancing of our house goes through until we can buy another car. Here are some of my thoughts on our current situation:
- I am grateful that the car broke down where it did. I was planning on leaving a day later to drive Miriam and I down to Klamath Falls for a few days, and I am so glad that my van didn’t break down in the middle of the middle nowhere in the snow (I ended up taking the train.. which of course is another interesting story as always). If you were going to break down van, thanks for choosing a more convenient timing when I wasn’t with any of my kids (although convenient probably would not be the best word to describe the experience).
- Chris and I did research online to find that many Odysseys from 2000-2003 have transmission issues. Oh well… now we know that we need to do more research on specific years in the future and not just the model.
- The timing kind of sucks being right before Christmas and in the middle of refinancing our house but…… I am not stressing too much. I know that everything will work out, and that we are just going to have to be really frugal for awhile. This is all a pain, but if this is my biggest problem in life, then I am pretty blessed.
- Speaking of Christmas, I am feeling very pleased with myself that I already had all of my family’s presents ready. I bought almost all of the kids presents at garage sales, so I probably spent a grand total of $100 on all 3 kids combined. If I had waited until now to buy presents, the kids may not be getting any :).
- We will not be buying another vehicle for another few weeks at least, but we are thinking of buying maybe a toyota sienna or maybe the mazda 5. Chris has tried to persuade me to maybe go to a 5 seater wagon or sedan, but I had to inform him today that “Once a minivan driver, always a minivan driver.” I am leaning towards the sienna (and not just because it would also make a cute girl’s name), but I am intrigued by the Mazda 5, but we are just deciding if it realistically has enough room for us (it is a 6 passenger but with limited storage space… but better gas mileage… and it is cheaper). We are also open to another Odyssey, but if we get one, we will probably aim for a 2006 or newer (if we can find a really good deal on one).
What kind of car do you drive? Why did you decide to buy the car that you have? Was it practical, cheap, reliable, you just knew that you looked cool in your ride :), or a combination of one or more of those reasons? I am really hoping for something that will be reliable but obviously pretty affordable, and I would love to hear your experiences… good or bad with your vehicles. OH, and I dream of having leather seats in a van, but it may not be very likely that we will be able to find one that is affordable enough with leather. Thoughts please???