The blue car Found On Road Dead east of Muskogee a few years back was, if I recall, a Ford Taurus… What model year?
I’m in need of a cheap car and have found a ’93 Taurus station wagon in fair shape for a measly $2,200. Fair price and it runs well, but I am somewhat troubled by the history of the car. Was something of a beater but had an engine transplant followed by a trannyectomy. A few months later the owner started having problems making payments on the work which caused the mechanic to repo the car. At the moment the only things I could find wrong with the car are minor like a burned out tail light, fogged lenses on the headlights, plus the usual assortment of exterior ouchies and coffee stains on the interior.
It could really use a good weekend of driveway TLC.
Downside is that the drivers position feels cramped and the accelerator peddle is waaaaay deeper than the brake pedal. Also has a very light spring on the accelerator return. The light touch on the gas pedal I can get used to, and changing to a stiffer spring is easy, but the difference in height between the gas & brake pedals seems odd.
The other option is a ’90 Mercedes 330E sedan @ $4,500…. Yeah, I know this is a no-brainer as the Benz I’m looking at is much cleaner and was very well kept plus it doesn’t have the repair drama, but I have this delusion that I might be able to roll the dice on the Ford and get away cheap. The Benz is also being offered by a repair shop.
My inner adult says pay the $2,300 upgrade price up front and get the Benz.
The Ford has the advantage of being a few years newer, is way more common in terms of junkyard parts, and has seen the drivetrain replaced recently. Unfortunately, I think of it as a turd on wheels despite being a best seller for Ford going on nearly two decades. Never have been a fan of Fords, so maybe I should fuhgedaboudit for that reason alone.
BTW: Reason for all this is ‘cuz the Bimmer needs ball joints, exhaust, brake rotors and a plethora of body & interior fixes. Probably $3,000 (or more) and at this point another car starts to look like a good idea. I also have this weird idea about keeping the BMW and turning it into an art car………………
With a daily driver parked next to it the concept of a slow & cheap driveway restoration becomes possible but there’s also the concept of finding the spare cash and never getting a round tuit.
My old Taurus was a ’99, I believe. Couldn’t recommend it — when I finally got it to Portland, I had to take it in for some minor electrical problem, and the guy at the garage insisted I take his card because “if you have a Taurus, you’re going to need it.” I had progressively more trouble with it until I finally donated it to a homeless shelter just to be rid of it. It was just always something with that car; I don’t think we ever owned it when it didn’t have some stubborn problem that needed to be addressed. (The transmission was a long-standing sore point; apparently it was just a shit design from the get-go and are notoriously problematic.)
That said, my mother had a much earlier model Taurus for a while (from the days before they re-designed it), and it seemed quite sturdy and reliable.
This morning I decided to settle my indecision the only logical way… Coin toss.
Three out of three said “Benz”. The cosmos has spoken.
In other news, I’m trying to include an embedded video clip just for grins. Palin and McCain in Arizona today. It’s just like having Jim and Tammy Faye back together again, except Tammy Faye was more sincere and Jim was a mountain of theological credibility by comparison.
But, aside from that, all the teabaggers need to know is that if these two hadn’t been total incompetents in 2008 we’d all be living in a Republican paradise today where money talks and bullshit walks… Just as God and Saint Ronald of Orange County had intended. 😉
I just realized……………….
Amykins moves to a new blog space and what’s the first video to be posted ???
Ironic, isn’t it.
So……………………….. Let me get this straight:
When a pair of neocon punks with a camera contrive a situation at an ACORN office where they’re (allegedly) trying to finance a prostitution setup, the GOP pussy posse goes apoplectic.
…where a SoCal branch of the RNC spends $2,000 to entertain new converts at a bondage bar. The news is followed by denials that it was an officially sanctioned RNC event, the money has to be laundered & refunded, denial becomes more than a river in Egypt, and a staffer is fired for (allegedly) doing nothing wrong.
Nothing to see here, move along, move along, nothing to see, nothing to see…………..
hey, I am in NY too!
but I am in a different NY than you…
FYI: The car issue has been resolved. If some Goth chick wanna-be should puke their ride in or near Muskogee, this could be the rescue vehicle…
(this is not the actual car but it sho’ does look the same)
I am not worthy. I am not worthy. I am not worthy.
More pie charts this blog needs.
Sah-Rah, Sah-Rah, Sah-Rah…
See? This is what happens when ‘Sis can’t come up with a measly 600 words a week.
Looks like the embedded video trick didn’t work that time…