So . . .

Friday, July 25, 2008

My car is dead.

I had so many hopes for my Saturn SC2, but mainly 2: that is lived to see 130,000 miles and that it lasted until August. I got one out of the two.

I was on my way to soccer last night, with the radio up and the windows down, completely oblivious to the racket under my hood. I finally turned the tunes down a bit and caught an ear full of clickety clackety happening just a few feet forward of me. I tried slowing down to see if it helped any, I tried speeding up to see that effect as well, but all to no avail. Just as I was making my way over to the shoulder it happened, my engine seized. My Dad later questioned me as to how I knew that it seized, and there's just no other way of describing it. My car reacted like it had a heart attack. And then it completely died.

So there I am sitting on 35W, not more than 6 minutes away from home, my car shaking and swaying with every vehicle that passed. I sat with my eyes glued to the rear view mirror, praying continuously, as I watched nearly every other car bank into the turn of the road and dip unto the shoulder, straightening out just as they finally saw me. I was so upset with myself because just before I left Tony offered for me to drive his car, but I knew it was out of gas, so I chose mine instead. On top of that, I'd left Tony standing in the front yard with an electric drill, with his phone 100 feet away from him. Being bullheaded, I tried to call him several times, before missing my Mom and then finally getting a hold of my brother.

I called my brother, because both he and my Dad have AAA . . . unfortunately they had a dinner meeting and were not concerned with my 2 hour time limit that I was informed of by the nice state troooper who pulled up behind me. After about 15 minutes, Tony finally went to his phone and saw that I'd called 8 times :). He ran up to get me, of course after stopping to get gas, and we went home to wait until my Dad and brother finally decided to do something about it.

I may seem really annoyed with them for helping, because well, I was! Several times we told my Dad and Levi that we'd just call a tow truck, but they wouldn't hear of it! Leaving us frustrated up until the last minute, when at precisely 2 hours after leaving my car, they finally decided to call AAA. I was only able to relax at about 10:00 when the tow truck pulled my car safely from the shoulder the 4 miles to our driveway.

Now the even more not so fun part. My car is paid off. Completely. I'm pretty sure it is not fixable and if it is it will include a new engine and transmission {yeah, I'm a rockstar mechanic}, which leaves us with needing a new vehicle, but I don't want to pay for one. Does that work?

10 comments:

Erin said...

My car died the day I went to have my final fitting on my wedding dress- thankfully I was driving John's car and he was the one with smoke billowing out from under the hood. Of course that meant buying a new car two weeks before our wedding- every girls dream. I guess cars have their own timeline!

Erin Nevicosi said...

My car wouldn't start this morning either and now it's in the shop! And I just read another blog and that author is having car problems, too. What a week!!

Sorry to hear it, I know how badly it sucks. I'm not in the market for a new car yet - not having car payments is so great! - but if the repairs cost an arm and a leg, I'll have to. Yuck! Keep us posted.

abby said...

That's a bummer! We just got rid of a completely paid-off car and bought a brand new one...not really looking forward to that first payment. It's quite fun having a new car though, so you have that to look forward to :) I've also been stranded on the side of 694 before - not fun!

Andrea said...

Cars, car problems, car payments = stress! My car is paid off and I'm dreading the day we have to make monthly payments again. I feel for you!

Sorry for your experience last night! I would have called Jim's phone a lot too!

Megan said...

Ugh, bummer! I'm sorry :(

Abby said...

Oh Leah that sucks! I hope you find something that works for you and Tony! Good Luck!!

kari said...

I'm sorry Leah. Our car is paid off and I would hate to go from a paid off car to a car payment every month.

etxwife said...

Man that suck! I hope you guys come to a solution soon. :(

Julia said...

ick. being a grown up with stuff like this sucks.

Leslie G said...

You and I have so much in common- I just got rid of my red Saturn SC2last year! =)

 

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