That's what our week has been about.
The Durango is fixed. $400 later. *SCREAM*!!!
It was the starter, which was half that cost. And then Ryan had some kind of chip fixed for the cruise control. I don't remember if it wasn't working or what not... but it also caused the ABS and brake lights to stay on constantly (although there was nothing wrong with those things). So, he had the chip fixed so all that works and we can sell it without it looking like a POS.
And then we've been on the hunt for something to replace the Santa Fe. We've been waiting to see if it dies again so we can have it fixed (our mechanic never found anything wrong with it as it MIRACULOUSLY started working fine while he had it... psycho car!)... the two places we've been looking are through people we (we have two friends who work for dealerships) and I would not want to trade it in and then have it die on them. Anyhow, our friend Don has his buyer looking for an Envoy or Trailblazer for me.
And then yesterday I started to freak out about gas mileage and if it'd be a good choice etc. It gets a few more mpg than the Durango but a few less than the Santa Fe... so right in the middle. Well, I called Don to ask about the Buick Rendezvous (a lady at work has a Trailblazer and said she LOVED her Rendezvous the best, and then the Trailblazer was second..) so I though... ehh lets check it out. The only reason I never considered it is b/c a friend of mine has it and it has a 3rd row that is pretty small and nearly backs up to the back of the vehicle (no storage room).. and when its folded down it doesn't fold fully flat so your cargo area is uneven. So, regardless... I'd get it without the 3rd Row. I'd actually prefer the Trailblazer and Envoy without the third row as well as I really won't have a use for it and I would rather have more storage in the back.
Anyhow, Don said he had an '06 Chrysler Pacifica on the lot I could take overnight so I did... its similar in size to the Fe/Rendezvous... a tad bigger. I like how it drives and I LOVE the amount of space in the back seat. Porter's feet aren't anywhere near touchign the back of the driver's seat- even when Ryan is driving! Ry was adament that NO we are sticking to our oringial plan (I was just mad at him the other day for trying to change up our plan for HIS vehicle, so he has a point... I was changing the plan). He didn't care for the look of the Pacifica... says it looks like a station wagon. Yeah, it kind of does. But it is nice and roomy!
We went to the Chevy dealership to get a close up look of the insides of the Trailblazer and I'm not impressed at all. The back seat is SO much smaller than the Pacificia. I'm positive Porter's feet will be kicking the back of my seat like it does in the Santa Fe. The butt/legs part of the second row seat is not as deep (does that make sense?) as in the Pacifica. Why get a larger vehicle that has LESS room inside??
Ry is totally against a Rendezvous. Says he hates how they look. I think I like how they look more than the Pacifica, so we obviously don't agree on that. I think we may end up just agreeing on the Envoy (even though the inside is identical to the Trailblazer... we both like the look/trim of the Envoy over the Trailblazer) as thats the only vehicle we both really agree on.
So... that's what's been going on with my vehicle... still looking. Still debating on gas mileage, vehicle type, options etc..
For RYAN... our replacement for the Durango. Don't laugh. I think we're getting a 1991 (yep.. you heard it) Honda Accord or something like that. Its just a beater car Don has on the lot and we figure we'll drive it for a few months until we find something newer (late 90's early '00's) for Ryan and in the meantime try to sell the Durango private party. Once we find a newer car for Ryan my mom will probalby take the Honda as she loves her a good beater car and drives quite a ways to work.
We have been slightly looking for cars for Ryan but can't really do anything until the Durango is sold... I think we'll have that up for sale by this weekend if he's able to buy the Honda today. Oh lord... that car will be sitting in my driveway! GAH!
Well, as far as "newer" cars for Ryan... I need your opinion on this. We have found a few cars- one is a 2002 Taurus that our friend Simon has on his lot. Anyone have good/bad experiences with Tauruses?
We've also looked at Toyotas, Hondas and Nissans... but to get it in the same price range as teh Taurus (the price range we need to be in)... we can only afford a 1996 to 1998ish. I found quite a few Nissan Altimas that I like a lot (we rented one in Key West a few years ago and loved it..), but I'm wondering if for the same amount of money we should get a 4 year newer car? Its just that foreign/american car deal... not sure which is a better choice. Any ideas?
WOW! Why don't I write the worlds most boring post today! Sorry about that. I just needed to jot down my ideas and all these things running through my/our heads. I hate big changes like this. I'm excited about the prospect of getting new vehicles (we've had the Fe for 5 years and the Durango for 3- which isn't a ton) but I hate trying to make decisions on what would be the best choices!! Stress... stresss!!