June 09, 2005


I am NOT one of these individuals who changes vehicles at the drop of a hat.

My ride is a 2000 Tahoe I adore, but it has 145,000 miles on it.

I was content to keep it until it reached 200,000 miles.

However, the damn CD player is acting up.

I do have my priorities, ya know.

Posted by Christina at June 9, 2005 06:20 PM


$200 at Best Buy or Circuit City will just about get you a new one installed :)

Posted by: caltechgirl at June 9, 2005 03:57 PM

Excellent suggestion; however, anything other than what is in there will "disable" the stereo functions for those in the back seat.

It's kind of complicated. When I'm listening to CD's, the girls can listen to cassettes or the radio from the second part of the system with a console in the back seat...


Posted by: Christina at June 9, 2005 04:04 PM

Trash it...you'd look good in a 930 Turbo.

Posted by: Sam at June 9, 2005 05:41 PM

Oh honey....my AC went out a few weeks ago. I'll trade ya;-)

Posted by: sadie at June 9, 2005 05:45 PM

This is a good time to buy a new car, if you're in the market for a new car. Quite frankly, I wouldn't want to ride around in a car with 140,000 miles on it -- something major is bound to break down soon, and it will be expensive. How are the brakes and tires on it, much less the engine compression? Have you replaced the alternator and AC compressor yet? At the rate you're driving you probably are going to have to spend $2k or more on it in the next year to keep everything working. Why not put that money in a new vehicle instead?

GM is slashing prices to sell their cars and trucks, so if you like your Tahoe you can most likely get a new one for under dealer cost. Combine that with some of the ridiculous factory financing (0% interest) being offered, it's hard to not consider buying a new vehicle.

I'm like you, I keep a car until it's good and ready to go. I sold my '91 Corvette roadster after 13 years and 47,000 miles because I wasn't driving it enough to justify keeping it. I still have my '85 Jeep CJ-7 bought in '89 and rebuilt completely in '97. Last year, I bought a new '04 Dakota Quad Cab to replace my '00 -- the lease was up and I was shutting my company down so I didn't want to have a lease w/o the deduction -- and I was able to buy it for less than I paid for the '00 model. You can trade in your Tahoe, let the upcoming maintenance problems be someone else's headaches.

Something else to consider: you must be driving around 100 miles a day to put that kind of mileage on your truck. With the price of gas, have you thought about buying a cheap, economical commuting vehicle and leaving the new Tahoe in the garage during the week? At $2+ a gallon, you'd save $150 or more a month on gas.

Enough unasked-for male analytical problem-solving input... go and get your radio fixed!

Posted by: johnclif at June 10, 2005 02:39 AM

I'm like you,,,the stereo equipment in a car is the first thing I check out!! I just picked up my new car yesterday; a 2door Accord. LOVE it! Of course, I must put in a plug for GM, too. Great deals right now with everyone getting employee discount prices.

Posted by: Michele at June 10, 2005 05:55 AM

Your 2000 Tahoe has 145K on it??? My 2000 Accord has 48K on it!

Johnclif has some good advice, Christina, but I'd go one better: Get the radio fixed in your current Tahoe, then buy a Honda Civic for the daily commute. It'll almost pay for itself in the gas savings along (38 MPG vs. 13...)

Posted by: Jay G at June 10, 2005 07:50 AM

Good Advice Everyone!

I average 18 mpg with the Tahoe and while not tied to such a huge vehicle, there's a certain "survival" factor here. I commute on I35, one of the most dangerous stretches of interstate in the nation. I would love to trade the gas mileage for a more economical roadster, but the size of the Tahoe increases my visability (both seeing and being seen) and gives me a little more protection.

Hmmmm. You guys have given me a lot to think about.

Now, I just need someone to go with me. I HATE dealing with car salespeople. The last time I drove onto a dealership lot, a salesman came over and asked: "Honey, do you have your husband's PERMISSION to buy a new car?!"


Oh, and the company is not to bargain for me, but to keep me from killing someone!!

; )

Posted by: Christina at June 10, 2005 08:38 AM

I'll go with ya! And I'll wear one of my Harley shirts. Surely the sight of a 6', 260 lb., bundle of bad attitude will keep the jackassery to a minimum.

Posted by: Walrilla at June 10, 2005 09:28 AM

I have a 1986 GMC Jimmy. It'll be twenty next year, so maybe I should throw it a party :)

Posted by: Ith at June 10, 2005 12:46 PM

I would pay money to see the fur fly after a car salesman came up to you with an inane remark like that. In fact, I think if you put it on pay-for-view you could buy a new car with the proceeds.

Posted by: johnclif at June 10, 2005 01:06 PM

Oooo! New car time! I think you should get a BMW X5. It's big, you sit up high, great visibility, and it gets about 21 mph per gallon. The thing is built like a tank! There are all sorts of different option packages, but if you get just the bare bones model (which is quite spiffy!), they start around $39,000. And trust me, it's worth every penny.

And if only you didn't live so far away.....my dad is THE person to take to a car dealership. He's got the whole thing down! All his friends and all of our family ALWAYS ask him to come along. He's got a whole routine to deal with car salesmen! (But I've got the idea that you'll do pretty well on your own......what I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall!)

Posted by: Dogsdontpurr at June 10, 2005 04:54 PM

I'm beginning to think a digital camcorder may well be the way to go when I go new car shopping!

Who knew?!

; )

Posted by: Christina at June 10, 2005 05:20 PM

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