The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 June 2006

In lieu

As a temporary measure, I am sliding around town in a Dodge Stratus SXT in Frigidaire White. Despite the jumble of letters, this is the bottom-feeder of the line, with a nothing-special four-banger driving the front wheels. It's an acceptable grocery-getter, but not the least bit amusing to drive, and while the seats are better than average, their adjustment range doesn't include any position in which I'm comfortable. I am contemplating returning it to the rental yard and asking for something I can actually deal with. Inasmuch as I'm having to pay for it myself, I can't think of any reason why they'd object.

CarMax has one of Sandy's sisters: a 2002 with the V6 instead of the four. While 40 extra horsepower would be nice, the V6 version is also nose-heavier, which might cut into tossability. Besides, they want twelve thousand dollars, which I presume is somewhere between two and three times what I'm getting for the remains of the old one. Four-cylinder models (I am not looking at anything older than '00) run eight grand and up, and up. (No '03s were made.)

This is the first time I've ever actually given serious thought to installing a tip jar.

Posted at 8:45 AM to Driver's Seat

This is the first time I've ever actually given serious thought to installing a tip jar.

If you do it, I'll pitch in.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:25 AM on 14 June 2006

How about an easy grand?

Posted by: MikeH at 9:49 AM on 14 June 2006

Paying for it yourself? Did you know that Rental Car coverage on your insurance is usually modestly priced? Especially if you ever use it! Repays itself over and over very quickly.

Posted by: ms7168 at 10:41 AM on 14 June 2006

Don't overlook eBay Motors as a source for a good used car. I did a quick check and found several of Sandy's relatives with the qualifications you're looking for, for quite a bit less than 8K. You have to be a bit adventurous, but my family has had quite good luck with eBay Motors.

Posted by: Kirk Leggott at 11:30 AM on 14 June 2006