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Old 06-28-2007, 07:06 PM   #1
 
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A sad day

Today is the day I declared my car as off the road. I am heartbroken.
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:13 PM   #2
 
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That sucks. What happened if you don't mind answering?
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:31 PM   #3
 
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That sucks. What happened if you don't mind answering?
Don't mind answering at all. Eases the pain a bit if anything, LOL! :)

For a start the car was 20 years old, had 170,000 miles on the clock and has been used to teach 3 people to drive - not good building blocks.

On top of that, the exhaust was ready to blow, I could no longer get into, or out of the car other than via the boot because the central locking (Yes, central locking on a 20 year old car!) was broken and then to finally finish it off, my timing belt snapped, came off and generally "wasted" the engine. Luckily for me this happened as I was pulling into a parking space as if this happened at speed it could have been dangerous.

It was going to costs a lot of money to sort it, money that I don't have, and as well as that, it was going to cost more to sort it than to get another semi-decent car so I decided it was time to stop kidding myself and put her to rest.

I have actually managed to get a new car already that I pick up tomorrow. It was just my luck that when I towed the car up to my mums where there's land for it to sit, another guy was puling up to leave his dog in the kennels and he was selling his car for a good price, so I nabbed it. Perhaps even more coincidentally is that it's the same car, just newer and less doors, so I won't have to spend any time getting to find where all the different things are.

I am gutted though - as silly as it is I felt sentimental towards that car as my mum owned it from before I was born, then gave it to me when I turned 17 to drive. I can't complain though - few cars will make it to that age with that mileage at all, and it's really only in the last year I've started having problems with it.
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:54 PM   #4
 
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Oh dear. Well, it served you well, and it's gone out to pasture now... I know how you feel, my first car was crushed about 2 months ago, and i was gutted. It wasn't anything special, but it'd done 35,000 miles with me in it without a breakdown (including a 1200 mile treck in 4 days, to get apassport for my mate, who realised he didn't have one 4 days before a 6 week trip to Cyprus) and i kinda felt a bit attatched to it. Strange how you can get attatched to an inanimate object. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you.
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:43 PM   #5
 
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For a start the car was 20 years old, had 170,000 miles on the clock and has been used to teach 3 people to drive - not good building blocks.
Wow, that's impressive considering the treatment I hear British roads get in the winter with the overzealous use of salt. :)

Sorry to hear about it dying though.
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:25 AM   #6
 
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For a start the car was 20 years old, had 170,000 miles on the clock and has been used to teach 3 people to drive - not good building blocks.
Wow, that's impressive considering the treatment I hear British roads get in the winter with the overzealous use of salt. :)

Sorry to hear about it dying though.
Whatever you've heard, I'm sure it was not an exaggeration!
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:36 AM   #7
 
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awww sorry to hear that, ik now how u feel too. i had to give up 1 of my old cars due to it leakin and i needed a larger car after havin my daughter. wat car was it??? fortunately now i have a good car that is 13 years old and only has 38k on the clock!
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:51 PM   #8
 
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They're both Astras but the old one was 5 door petrol, this new one is 3 door diesel. I like the astras - nice size because I don't like wee pokey cars, but a big car would be silly for me to have.

Mileage on the new one is 60k but that doesn't worry me because it has all it's service records and is really in very good condition.

I'll post some pics of new and old tomorrow night.
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:49 AM   #9
 
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sorry you're feelin a little blue.
glad you were not driving at speed,when it went wrong. :)
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Old 07-02-2007, 03:03 PM   #10
 
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My new car - it eases the pain a little :D

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