My Subaru is old and tired. It had a checkup today, and it's starting to fall apart. I could get those bits fixed ... for 5000 dollars. Blue book on the poor beastie? Less than 3000, probably closer to 2000. [Edit: 2000 is if a dealer goes out of their way to make it look good. Private sale? About 1000.]
We've been through a lot together, this little car and me. 130000 miles. 7 years. 3 serious girlfriends (and the concomittant grayhounds / kids in the back seat!). One road rage grazing (with my parents in the back seat, natch!); one scraping, one full-on Tkil Stupidity (tm) notch in the front bumper.
It's a 1995 Subaru Legacy L (2.2L, AWD). I bought it in March 1998, when it had 26000 miles on it. Now it's up to about 157k miles. It needed a bit of work around 95k miles, but other than that it's been a real trooper.
July 8th, 2002
150k miles:January 2nd, 2005
It's taken me to the Deep South, the Pacific Northwest, and of course innumerable trips in Colorado, New Mexico, California, and Arizona. This car is better travelled than many people I know...
I'll note for completeness' sake that Suby has taken me to a few other states (Idaho, Alabama, Mississippi) but I have no photographs. In one case, it was due to my lack of really being in a tourist mode (spent the night in Coeur d'Alene); in the other two, it was a conscious choice to do as little as possible in those states -- stopping for gas, basically. Even in Georgia, I only got around to taking pictures of some odd little monkeys, despite the fact that I had a lovely visit with my good friend ohdhalia.
There was also the summer 2000 trip to New Mexico and Arizona, returning through Utah. I didn't have a digital camera back then, but Suby performed admirably, even when asked to skim across the deserts of western New Mexico from the Very Large Array up to Grants. Even if I decided that the Oracle Control Road was more than I wanted to tackle in a sedan...
All in all, Suby has been a fantastic car, and I'm very sad to see it go. If nothing else, I'll see if I can't arrange for it to have a few relaxing years with my dad in Denver -- the all wheel drive ought to serve him well, and so long as he's not going too far, I'm sure Suby will be as good a trooper for him as it's been for me.
Would I get another Subaru? If I lived in an area with any inclement weather at all, I'd very likely do so -- but living in southern California, and contemplating moving back to New Mexico, I just can't justify the costs of the AWD system.
So far, I'm thinking about buying a Prius. I'm not looking forward to paying MSRP or better, nor to having to get on a waiting list, but the thought of 50+ MPG is very tempting. I haven't called around yet, though, so we'll see if that's what I end up with or not.
No matter what, I salute the Suby. Well driven!