Ha, yes, Rob, EVs as they are know aren't exactly practical for the whole family, but I do think of course that they serve their purpose. And who knows, there may be an EV mini-van someday--actually, I hope there will be! That would be a great innovation.
I've got a 1929 Ford Tudor that just had a smoke even after taking a prize. Should be back running in two weeks waiting for a part.
Got a 1977 MG Midget the WIFE's car been sitting for a while. Needs new battery and starting relay.
1984 Toyota DeLux 4X4 pickup runs fine. Put in the third starter this year. It is on the fourth alternator (stick with factory leave the belt loose). Second engine. The first I repaired three major over hauls. Gone through a couple dozen head lights - mostly lefts.
1995 K2500 with ABS wheel sensor problem and no compression in #6. Been driving it since spring with the problem. New plugs cap rotor and wire fixed some of the bad running. Went over the pass with 7 cylinders. Gone through alternator and compressor.
2000 Caviler with ABS problem. Got to update the reader for ABS so I can find out what the heck is wrong. A lot of people say left front sensor. Replace battery in '05
Guess I'm really helping the stats if they keep track of that Ford.
My 1st car 1964 Belair which was the family's was recycled in 1984 when I had it with rebuilding the transmission.
And the 1991 Mazda purchased used was recycled in 1996 after being rear ended.
Yes, you're right, Rob. Your car does still tell people a lot about you and your "status," status meaning less your class but more your ideas or philosophy about life. EVs/hybrids tell people you are environmentally conscious (I suppose!), a Mustang tells people you're into retro style...I drive a VW Transporter van with some dings, which around here tells people I'm likely a surfer/beach bum who wasn't used to driving such a big car through the tiny streets of Portuguese villages. :) But you do have a very good point--it's not just about the new car anymore. New cars around here mean you're either a tourist with a rental car or a well-to-do city person in the Algarve for a holiday to your summer home. Both are rather unfairly maligned by the locals. ;)
I'm in the boat where I'm happy to have wheels, Elizabeth. There are different forms of status with cars. for some an EV is status. For others it's a class Mustang that's been preserved or restored, or an old pick-up. The new car in of itself is no longer the only status symbol for vehicles.
Ann, one way to help avoid a lemmonis to take the vehicle to a mechanic and ask to have the vehicle checked. Sometimes mechanics take a quick look. Other times, a mechanic will look at the vehicle thoroughly.
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