News Ė Bad News Ė Good News
67,000 miles you expect to see a few problem crop up with your car.
We donít look forward to them, of course, but when they surface,
itís not that big of a surprise either.
Thatís what happened to me this past week.
I had this persistent rattle that I couldnít seem to find.
After some time under the Bondmobile, I was able to pin it down to
the exhaust system.
NEWS: As I looked further, it became obvious that it was the catalytic
converter. Wow, bummer, big
bucks. There goes the
Christmas budget. After a
couple of post to the message board, I was very sure that it was in fact
the cat but perhaps there was an extended warranty on environmental
NEWS: The dealer confirmed
that the warranty on the cat was 8 years or 80,000 miles so they would pay
this cost. I took it into the
dealer and since Iíd had a problem with a slight coolant leak that I
couldnít find, I added that to the list.
NEWS: The coolant leak turned
out to be at the bottom of the expansion tank and the only was to fix it
was to replace the radiator. Remember
the part about the Christmas budget?
NEWS: The loaner Mr. StJohn
set me up in was a í01 3.0 Coupe with only 200 miles.
Wow! That was a good
ride. All shinny, not a
single rock chip to its nose and of course it even smelled good.
Black exterior with black leather.
One of my friends said it looked like the Batmobile.
Howíd it run you ask? Like
a dream. Thatís as smooth an engine Iíve ever sat behind.
More horsepower than the law would want to allow and torque like
you wouldnít believe. Also,
itís setup a bit stiffer than the Bondmobile and thatís fine by me.
But all thatís a story for another day.
so easy to get seduced by a younger car.
I, for one, like the coupe in the first place. ĎWouldnít this be nice,í I thought. She made the garage look so much better, hey, she made me
look so much better. Maybe I
really NEED this car. Look
mine is starting to have problems, perhaps Iíd be better off in this
one. It might even cost less in the long run.
am I kidding? Remember the
part about the Christmas budget, I did.
No I didnít get it. I
went back to the dealer, paid for my new radiator, turned in the Batmobile
and picked up my nicely detailed Bondmobile and drove to work so I could
thought, ĎYou know, the Bondmobile isnít that bad.í I started feeling guilty for looking at another car.
Did Bondmobile know I had looked at another with lust in my heart?
I hope not and if she did, she didnít tell me.
I pulled over, put the top down and drove on to work. We both liked that.