My old mini-van: Oil filter failure caused engine to seize on the freeway.
My 320 Benz Wagon: Totaled by a semi in 2014 (not my fault)
My 280 Benz Wagon: Totaled by a minivan in 2015 (not my fault)
My father in law's Chrysler 300: Quits in stop and go traffic, or at stop lights, or at stop signs, or when not actively accelerating. Not all the time. Just sometimes. SURPRISE.
Derrick's Blazer: I just had to have towed after it stopped shifting. (It would shift into first but nothing past that...the RPM was insane.) You cannot drive on the freeway in the low gears. Also it made this really unpleasant thumping/jumping.
The tow truck driver had to put the extra wheels on it because he couldn't get it to shift into gear for towing.
So D is driving his motorcycle and I'm...without a car at the moment. Which accelerates the car shopping timeline (we had been laaaazy about this. I hate car shopping and it's hard to actually visit lots and such with a toddler).
D and I are not on the same page, right now. Right now, I'm willing to pay a little more for a newer car that WILL NOT HAVE SOMETHING WRONG WITH IT RIGHT AWAY.
Maybe it's just the PTSD from having cars randomly quit on the freeway in traffic talking.
He wanted a budget that accounted for potential repairs to the potential new vehicle. NO.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want a huge car payment either. But we have a good chunk that we can put toward a downpayment. I just want something that isn't going to die on me.
Also I slept oddly and my neck is sore as fuck.