Pages Updated 07/December/2006
Page 1: All there is.
Page 2: Remnants I haven't removed yet (if ever).
Baby's got a new daddy... The officer who bought my truck is baby-ing the baby! So far he's removed and cleaned the carpets, removed the rust from around every bolt hole, fixed the bumper (and pulled the frame back into alignment), and he's fixing up my old top. I can't wait to see her this summer when he drives her to work! I'm sure he'll let me drive it and I'll take pictures! My baby is gone, but not forgotten! No one could ask for a better buyer for their beloved car!
A Memoir of a really great truck... My baby is being sold next week (for $1300) and I have a 2007 Nissan Versa on order. My life turned real, really quick. The Vitara is going with my husband back to Arizona in February so he can finish his studies. I got a job working at a Probation and Parole office and I decided that what I really wanted was to just start over. So I picked a subcompact that reminded me of all the things I loved about my Subi and my 'Zuki.
So, here I will chronicle my car, as it was. Maybe someday I won't have to worry about money and I can get another little convertible to play with. It's a shame to sell it since it is paid off... but I can't afford the new payments and insurance on the 'Kick. Too bad.
Here is my car when I bought it: a very purple car with a white soft top, black interior, 5 speed transmission, very simple Sony stereo, and very little else.
I bought it with 77k (77,105 to be exact) on the engine and I paid $3016 for it. I flew to Ohio (Mulinax East) to pick it up and drove it home. The drive took me about 8hrs including stops to eat and to figure out how to put the top down�. then to put it back up. � actually I couldn�t get both of the windows zipped back on� okay� I couldn�t get either of the windows zipped back on and had to have Shane help me when I arrived home. � please don�t read that part.
The first thing I did to my car was to have the top completely redone. I opted to have it re-stitched ($40), the Velcro replaced ($30), trim added to the back window ($10), and the top repainted ($40) The top is now a shale blue on the outside and black on the inside to go with the interior. The inside is really quite striking and rather tent-like.
After enjoying my car for several months, the clutch finally gave up the ghost.
My transmission went two weeks after I replaced my clutch because of stress placed upon it while the clutch was going out .
Clutch Kit and Installation: $718.19
Transmission with 9K (including weekend roadtrip to pick it up, installation, and the tow from Somerset to Richmond) $1400.00
Here is a picture of my transmission sitting in the back of Mom's Subi Forester:
A valve started leaking oil and two spark plugs blew over Shane's graduation weekend so the vehicular has been fulled tuned with new spark plugs and valves, and we went ahead and replaced the brake pads, rotors, etc. while we were at it (heck, why not).
This is me driving my new car. If you see that grey thing on my shoulder, mom calls it "The Dead Rat". (Dead Rat not included, buyer can get their own ;oD) Speaking of my mom� My car has a security system which is only good for one thing (although it does two things): Keeping my mom out of the driver�s seat. The other thing it does is kill the ignition when I park when the car tilted (as in the right side higher than the left or vise versa) because the system apparently thinks that the vehicle is being harassed� very annoying.
This is Shane sitting in my car. I was taking the picture and he was in the passenger's seat. The car was not in motion ;oD And what a good thing because if you observe closely, no one is actually sitting in the driver's seat...
This is my car's behind. Before it was likely that you would see this before you passed me� but now that may not always be the case.
The side of my car... Umm� there ya go.
Yesterday was possibly the last reasonably warm day (it IS December) before I finally have to say 'Good Bye' so here is my top down:
What I did to my stereo... There's a remote next to the console and I have the remote for my Sony MiniDisc player hooked in through my dash and there's a cord that runs out from above my stereo to my tape adapter that's in my tape deck (look closely). My MD player was always locked safe and sound in my glove box.
Sigh. Less than 104,000 miles on it...