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poor subaru! [Apr. 23rd, 2005|12:30 am]
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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.

100k Miles
[subaru turns 100k miles]
July 8th, 2002
150k Miles
[subaru turns 150k miles]
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...

[Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado]
Garden of the Gods
New Mexico
[Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico]
Organ Mountains
[Multnomah Falls, Columbia Gorge, Oregon]
Multnomah Falls
[Ken & Kelly's Place, Issaquah, Washington]
near Issaquah
British Columbia, Canada
[Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada]
Granville Island
[north of Yellowstone]
north of Yellowstone
[Snake River, Wyoming]
Snake River
[Sunset, Tucson, Arizona]
sunset over Tucson
[Pacific Ocean, Ocean Beach, San Diego, California]
Pacific Ocean
[Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, Nevada]
Fremont Street, Las Vegas
[rock climbing at Lake Mineral Wells, Texas]
Lake Mineral Wells
[Cary/Moore Farm, Louisiana]
Cary/Moore Farm
Baja California, Mexico
[end of the ride, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico]

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...

[Tkil Shadow, Mt Evans, Colorado, USA]

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!


[User Picture]From: lordsauron
2005-04-23 08:55 am (UTC)
For a minute there, I thought I've been there, the Multnomah Falls. Turns out that I was mistaken for another set of waterfalls that look very similar. The name escapes me right now. They were around the area of the Colliding Rivers. Amazing sights in that area.
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[User Picture]From: blueeyedcutie
2005-04-23 12:15 pm (UTC)
if you are looking to sell it, come and get it appraised at Carmax. I'm not sure if there is one close to you. But, I work there and we give free appraisals on vehicles and will buy your car from you - give you a check on the spot if you decide to sell it, and you don't have to buy one from us. just a suggestion. :)
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-04-25 04:15 am (UTC)


Well, it seems likely that I'll just give it to my dad. He lives in Denver, and can use the AWD capabilities (especially as I have a set of winter wheels). For the 1000 (or at most 2000) that I could get as a trade-in, it's just not worth it.

Thanks for the pointer, though. :)
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[User Picture]From: raindancer
2005-04-23 02:14 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Glad you had a good car =) And very glad it got you to so many wonderful places.

Mmmm Prius ;) As you know, we want one, but we're starting to think that isn't going to fly anymore.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-04-25 04:20 am (UTC)

past + future

And very glad it got you to so many wonderful places.

Indeed. It was hard to let the Honda go, for similar reasons. Poor thing finally gave up the ghost at 181k miles, and is now in the Place Where All Hondas Are Eternally Blessed.

Fond memories of driving the Honda out onto the west mesa of Las Cruces and watching the twilight fall. Hmm... Good times. :)

<i class="quote>Mmmm Prius ;) As you know, we want one, but we're starting to think that isn't going to fly anymore.</i> Huh. Why?
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[User Picture]From: raindancer
2005-04-25 05:02 am (UTC)

Re: past + future

I was getting to know you on the tail end of your old Honda. Seemed like a very good car. The city lights were nice out there, huh?
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-04-23 03:28 pm (UTC)

GRRRRR... This is my third attempt to write this...

Suby has been a real trooper. The way you take care of cars, I'm sure you will get more out of your money than most. When reading an article on being frugal, they said in order to figure out how much to spend on a piece of clothing divide the cost by the number of times you think you'll wear it. I wonder if the same applies to cars? Personally, I think you should get something you like to drive, that will be comfortable for long road trips and such. Although, I know I'm impatient enough, it would have to be one hell of a car for me to deal with a waiting list.

Your pictures of Montana are beautiful and remind me of home. While I never lived there, my family was from there. I spent many childhood summers running around the mountains. I've come face to face with a bear, many deer, was taught to swim in cold mountain lakes. When I was a child, that was my favorite place on earth. Last time I went, I took Kira up for a family reunion when she was about one. I rode horses in the mountains, went to Glacier Park (Kira's first snow), picked raspberries and wild gooseberries (I miss gooseberries), spent valuable time with family I never keep in touch with, and learned that no matter what our differences are, my father loves Kira more than anyone other than himself. I keep thinking one summer I should rent a mountain cabin and take the kids up there for a week. (I'm not bold enough to try real camping with the three of them yet.)

WRT moving back to lovely New Mexico... How can you go wrong? Green chili, close to lots of friends and family, closer to Nukestock/Denver/Phoenix, lower cost of living, green chili, beautiful mountains with camping and skiing, 10,000 Waves, green chili, Saggios, Disaster Burritos, the Frontier, oh yeah, and I'm here. hehe. Not that I'm trying to sell you on the idea for nefarious purposes or anything.
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[User Picture]From: limbicresonance
2005-04-23 06:53 pm (UTC)


Nuevo Mexico...'tis the land of enchantment...and scarce jobs in the IT industry. *sigh*

Great blog tkil, I love the pics you took (and felt very proud to be in one!) he he he...

The best car I ever had, by the way, was an 86 suby with 140000 miles on it when I bought it for $600.00. I drove that car when I lived my ranching days through Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada...then drove it for the first two years in Dallas. When we sold it (for $400, BTW) I really missed that car.

The prios looks cool, but as a tech guy, I'm skeptical of any 1.0 or 1.1 release. Perhaps you could find a good honda again at close to wholesale, then buy the prios when it hits 2006?

IMHO though, toyota has always produced good quality vehicles, so it might simply come down to you trusting the warranty from Toy co.

'cheers to suby
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-04-25 04:32 am (UTC)

Re: Ahhh

Nuevo Mexico...'tis the land of enchantment...and scarce jobs in the IT industry. *sigh*

Or is that land of entrapment?

Yeah, not very many good IT jobs. Although, were I to move back, there's at least a fair chance that I'd try to go to grad school. Not sure in what, but maybe DSP.

an 86 suby with 140000 miles on it when I bought it for $600.00. [...] drove it for the first two years in Dallas. When we sold it (for $400, BTW)

Very impressed that you drove a suby that old for that long, and that you managed to sell it for just 200$ less than you bought it. I think that long-term reliability basically stopped being available in the late '80s; every manufacturer just started doing the math and the reality of a population that replaces cars every 2-5 years. Little Suby served well, but it's definitely earned a cushy retirement.

The prios looks cool, but as a tech guy, I'm skeptical of any 1.0 or 1.1 release.

Well, the current Prius is kinda a 2.1 release; the 1.0 version was just wedged into an Echo chassis/body, and is pretty hideous to me. The 2004 and 2005 models are the current bulbous hatchbacks (maybe built on the Camry frame?); the 2005 is just a refinement.

My main reason for dreading purchasing a new car is just the sliminess of car salespeople and the hassle factor. If there were an easy online way to just get a price, arrange financing, and then pick it up somewhere, that'd be great ... but that doesn't seem to be here yet, at least not for high-demand vehicles such as the Prius.

I'll be calling around this week, see how bad the waiting lists are, investigating the AAA buying service, etc.
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-04-23 09:07 pm (UTC)
Why can I not get the image of you retiring Suby out to pasture out of my head???
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[User Picture]From: shinankoku
2005-04-27 02:01 pm (UTC)

Just get a $*@# new car, would you?

O.K., Tkil, time to get a damn new car.


PS - just had to spend 1,172 on mine. Grr...
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