Friday, April 11, 2008

A Tribute to Aurelius

Hola amigos - it's been a long time since I rapped at ya! I've been pretty depressed over the "retirement" of my Volvo Aurelius. In early March I noticed the brakes going soft so I bought some brake fluid but it went away after 3-5 days. So I brought it into the shop and sure enough their was a leak in the ABS control unit. They told me they had to buy a whole component from Volvo, and that was going to be $2,000!! To top it off, I had a list of near-term projects to really bring the car up to snuff, perhaps the most "fluffy" was an impending break in the A/C. Around here in the summer, that is tilted a little more towards the "requirement" side of things. My list came to another $2,000 - so after looking at Craig's List it was determined I could get a newer replacement.

It was a very hard decision for me. So I went about my due diligence. And while the mechanic told me it was extremely dangerous to drive the car away, I walked over late one night while no one was watching (or driving) and coasted back to the Wexford compound.

My search led me north to Mooresville. I fought a basic 1996 850 Sedan with almost 114,000 miles. For those of you that are divisionally challenged, that's less than 10,000 miles per year which for the price was an amazing deal. So on April 1st the transaction went through and now I feel like a widower who buried his spouse a week ago but is now in bed with another car. Not that I had too much choice.

Maybe I'm feeling the buyer's remorse because I should have bought a more fuel efficient car...

Anyway, while I will post the picture here you can read about the final stats of my old car and details of the new on my Volvo page.

If you have any ideas for a new car name, please get in touch!

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