Who wants to play "Kick The Bucket"?
Posted by tim in Pissed on May 30, 2006

Apparently my truck does.

For about the last 10 months or so, I've been having issues with the engine misfiring. Turns out, the one fuel injector that my truck has is bad. I figured that out after about $100 of ignition repairs.

For a couple of years, and through 2 different sets of wheels and tires, I've had an issue with a vibration. Turns out, one of the universal joints, which I replaced about 2 years ago, is bad.

For the last year I've known about an issue with a brake line being almost completely rotted through. It wouldn't be such a big deal if it wasn't the left front brake line.

A couple years ago I had to replace segments of the fuel line with rubber hose. While I was looking at that u-joint today, I noticed the rubber is getting really cracked out.

And as I've probably mentioned before, the front cab mounts are completely rotted through, and the cab has dropped down onto the frame, rather than being suspended by the mounts as intended by General Motors.

The other day, I noticed the seal around the driver's side window is starting to fall apart. It's a common problem, but it just adds to the issues.

Today, I went to the gas station for a minute. When I was leaving I tried to close my door and it wouldn't latch. I tried again with the same results. I ended up driving home with my door hanging open. Turns out, the pillar where the door hinges are mounted is starting to rot out, and has done so to the degree that the door doesn't sit right in the hole, and thus prevents the latch mechanism from lining up properly with the striker pin, causing the door to not latch.

I went to talk to one of the local dealers (also my former employer) about a used car, and he gave me a decent quote on a decent car. I called the bank and got a likewise decent quote on a loan. If a call to the insurance office and the BMV yields the same results, I'll likely be driving a new(ish) car by the end of the week.

I'm not at all thrilled about it, primarily because I didn't want to have this hassle yet. I knew it was coming and that I'd be puting the truck to rest sooner or later, but I was hoping for it to be later, rather than sooner.

 
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what car?

  • Posted by macguy (Guest) on May 30, 2006 at 06:47:54PM

Candidate #1: 2003 Chevrolet Malibu (Base car) with 64000 miles Candidate #2: 2002 Saturn SC2 3-Door with 81000 miles Candidate #3: 2005 Ford Taurus SE with 24000 miles and factory warranty (Highly unlikely candidate though)

  • Posted by tim (Guest) on May 30, 2006 at 07:15:36PM
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