Here it is! My bomb of a PT Cruiser. Yesterday I couldn't shift the gears! Today for $1150 I got a new clutch...gee, they had to remove the transmission to find out what was wrong. This car is a 2001 model (that I bought new) and it only has 51,000 miles on it. Not too many months ago I needed new rims as my tires kept losing air (a characteristic of this vehicle)...I went to get hub caps and they were all made of chintzy plastic! Guess what, I am going cold turkey and plan to keep this car until it rots. It gets great mileage, has a perfect leather interior and I love to drive it. Most people do not like a 5 speed standard transmission, but most of my cars have been that way. For years I had trucks so I could pull my horse trailer (now I use Gary's truck).
When I was a kid, my Uncle Shine (who owned a used car dealership) would let me come down and pick out a car that I wanted to drive around for a day. I would always take convertibles. You won't believe what my first car was...an Austin Healey 3000. Italian Racing Red with a black leather interior...wire wheels and Michelin tires. The deal was this...I would live at home when I did my student teaching (in Warren, Pennsylvania), and I would use my housing money to by a car. Of course Uncle Shine found me the best thing anyone could ever ask for. Going to teach was like driving on a Grand Prix course. Hills, through the woods, fabulous scenery.... Cars used to be a big deal to me...I have been through a Beetle, a 4 passenger Thunderbird Convertible (uncle Shine again), a 67 Mustang convertible,
a big old woody Jeep Wagoneer, a 1/2 ton Dodge truck, a 3/4 ton Chevy truck, and a few ordinary vehicles. Now...I could care. I want something practical that gets good mileage.
My dream car, if I won the lottery, would be a White Jaguar Sedan with a natural leather interior. If I just had a lot of extra dollars at this time, I would get a hybrid. This information I am giving you says a lot about me. But what does it mean? I would even like a tractor.