Today is a sad, sad day. The Escapadians super deluxe time traveling machine has finally kicked the bucket. Or I should say, Mr. FE’s beloved vehicle otherwise known as “The Turtle”. You see, born on May 2002, this Mercury Sable has been a part of our lives for a very long time.
The Turtle has been used primarily as Mr. FE’s mode of transportation, and he’s become so attached to her, that he just can’t bear to let her go. But he just might have to where she failed her yearly inspection, and according to our very trustworthy auto technician, the cost to fix her will be a mere $2980!
Not only is she still a sight to behold, but she’s 100% fully owned and titled to the Escapadians.
Here are five reasons why we love “The Turtle”:
1) As previously stated, she’s 100% fully paid for. We can save by not making a car payment every month and are able to invest the money instead.
2) We don’t have to worry about “keeping up appearances”. She’s not exactly going to win the next auto show! We can drive her freely and not worry about a scrape here or a ding there…or even if a piece of the interior door falls off!
3) She is our time machine on wheels. We’ve toured five states together and created lots of memories. It will be hard to see her go.
4) She’s practical and fits the Escapadian lifestyle. She’s got lots of room and the seats are very comfortable. Plus, we were able to lug our deck furniture home from the store along with a 50″ TV. Not bad for a sedan!
5) Did I mention that she’s theft proof? Well, that is unless someone chooses to steal her for parts. But truthfully, I’m fairly sure we’re safe on this one.
Here are five reasons why we may need to let “The Turtle” go:
1) There is a one foot hole under the back seat that is all rusted out. New England weather is tough on cars and it’s easy to get salt and sand damage. Lesson learned: wash undercarriage more often.
2) The heat/ac unit is broken. Not good where we live in New England and need the defrost. Unbeknownst to me, the defrost will only work if this unit does.You’ll have to forgive my lack of tech knowledge when it comes to cars.
3) It’s dead. It will not start, but we do believe that this is because it hasn’t been driven in a while. I’ve been dropping off Mr. FE to work every morning until the we decide what to do with the car. We think she just needs a little juice to the battery.
4) We’ve discovered that it’s not so bad having only one car in the household. We are able to save on maintenance, insurance, taxes and registration fees. Mr. FE works only 2.8 miles away from our home and could ride a bike to work when the weather cooperates.
5) The cost to repair all of this will be about $2980 on a car that’s worth far less. We also need to see if we can secure the auto parts to fix it. But we don’t object to buying used parts if necessary.
Here’s our dilemma:
The car only has 89,000 miles on it, but this model seems to be a maintenance nightmare, and we were told by our auto technician that it most likely won’t last too much longer. Mr. FE would like to get the car fixed and try to keep it a little longer, while I would much rather donate it and buy another vehicle.
So now it’s up to us to decide if we keep “The Turtle” or let her go. Is she worth fixing? Tell us what you think!