Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Lone Grove, OK aka paradise in OMMA land
It's a matter of willpower. My last beater, it was a first generation FWD Chevy Malibu, aka last generation Oldsmobile Cutlass, a 1999 version. It was my haul truck, my tow vehicle with the 60 degree GM V-6, mine had a 3.1. It made it to 265k miles before it puked it's hollow camshaft. It's last professional touch was on the road, somewhere on I-40 in Arkansas. The father-son team in Clarksdale, Arkansas diagnosed my leaking coolant (while moving from Tulsa to Rome, GA) and replaced the front timing gear cover gasket for just over $200. A real deal and am very grateful. Got me back on the road to Armuchee, GA where, almost 2 years later it cracked it's camshaft in two, on the busiest intersection in town. Got bless, I buried the throttle to keep it running, got it home where it got towed to the recycler, eventually making it to the land of the dead.
I could have gotten a junkyard GM engine, pretty easy, tons of them around in the pull-a-parts and done a transplant. For not a lot more than what I paid in repairs and extra night lodging in Arkansas.
But no, I let it go. The last and final of my beater "burnbombers" (as my local pot dealer and fellow freshman dorm inhabitant called my ride back in 1972).
Now my tow vehicle is the Nox. My better half has here pretty new Honda Pilot Elite and it says garaged always. The Nox has been kicked out for awhile now. It makes a mighty fine tow vehicle, in the brown and black Blackstone leather with the kick ass Pioneer audio with subwoofer.
My next touch will be new syn oils in the engine and transmission, and installing a new aux trans oil cooler.
2010 Equinox 2LT, 2.4 FWD, Summit White with Brownstown leather interior, aka the Nox
2017 Honda Pilot Elite AWD, loaded top trim, new, aka the JetPilot
1997 Mazda Miata, base model NA with 2000 NB wheels, aka the little red scooter