nissan to hyundai

I have a truck. It's a little over 7 years old now and I can't say I ever liked it during the entire span. But it's very handy to have. Until now.

For the past few weeks it's been giving me trouble. I had it serviced at my local mechanic's shop twice in July and right now I don't trust it enough to drive to SC (about 600 miles round trip). As a result, today I'm either trading it in on a new car (most likely something affordable like a Hyundai Elantra--around $15k) if I can get a good price on one, or going to a Nissan Dealership and paying a fortune for repairing the damn truck.

The problem with the truck seems to be that the engine is running at too low a temperature and I suspect that the dealership will be able to diagnose the problem a lot better than my local mechanic. Oddly enough, even though the diagnostics indicate that the engine is running cool--my gas milage is still quite good. Usually milage suffers bad when the engine isn't hot enough--so I wonder a little about that diagnosis. Personally, it feels like a clogged fuel filter to me!

In any case, in a few hours I should either have a new car (and a lot of debt!) or a fixed truck (with a little debt), and I'll be able to leave for SC only a few hours late. While I don't like my truck, it sure is handy. If I get a sedan, there'll be lots of times when I'll miss the damn truck.


kenju said…
Good luck with your choice, whatever it is.
Teresa said…
While I hate to see you keep having to repair the truck, the debt of a new one isn't all that desirable considering that you don't drive all that much except for these occasional long-distance trips. I'd keep the truck running and plan to rent a car for those trips, Dave. JMO -- welcome or not!
Michelle said…
I hope the car situation works out!!

Thanks for the kind words on my blog! Winning the Extreme Makeover's the best thing that's happened to me in years! Be sure to check back this weekend for my "after" pictures!

Take care!
Diane Mandy said…
a new car?!? I'm totally jealous...

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