On Friday morning, I drove my tired old 1994 Plymouth Grand Voyager mini-van to the junk yard and got $450 out of it as scrap.....which was far more than the van was worth as a vehicle. Nearly 210 thousand miles, lots and lots of problems that simply added up to more cost than the van was worth.
Friday afternoon, I took delivery of a 1996 Chrysler Sebring LXi 2-door coupe. Black and silver. 126 thousand on the odometer. Really nice looking vehicle. Needs some TLC here and there...to the tune of $750 in parts with me doing all the labor (replacing all four wheel hubs, all four brake rotors, all four brake calipers, brake pads at each corner, front struts, some exhaust work). I need (okay, don't actually need...but very strongly want) to find the factory spoiler to add to the deck lid....that would just make the car look so much better.
Gas mileage is better than the van by far....but the van did surprisingly well on gas....averaged 20.5 MPG....used less than 2 gallons of gas during my daily 39 mile round trip drive to work and back.
I wanted another Pontiac Grand AM GT...but with used car prices being way way high right now...there was simply no way I was going to shell out 7 to 9 thousand dollars for a 2002 to 2004 car. Once I get the Sebring dialed in and all the little kinks worked out of her, she will be almost as much fun to drive as the Grand AM GT I had back before Deb's brain surgery. Because the Sebring has a couple wheel hubs that are loose and the front struts are totally FUBARED, the car is a bit squirrely to drive...so I have not given her her legs...but on the way home tonight, I goosed her up to 3000 RPM (been keeping her under 2500 and under 60 MPH) and let her get some air in her lungs....and she wanted to get real sporty.