It's been a few months since the last time my junker car fell apart on me, so I guess it was time for it to happen again. Last Friday when I got to the office in the morning and got out of my car I was greeted by a billowing cloud of white smoke. The car was smoking like the Marlboro Man.
That's got to be the end of that ol' junker, right? Not so quickly. After the smoke cleared and the car cooled down for a while, I drove it about half a mile to the local car shop, where the problem was diagnosed. Apparently break fluid was leaking from the rear axle, and started to burn when friction from breaking created heat.
The total cost of the adventure? About $400 in repair costs. The way I look at it, the repair cost me about as much as the car is worth (maybe I'm exaggerating a tiny bit. Maybe a lot). So what do you think? Did I double the value of my car? :-)
13 years and still going (not so) strong. But with no car payments and pretty impressive gas mileage (31 MPG), I am going to keep it for a little while longer.
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