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Kannos

Holidays, Car, Dog and Art

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I'm finally on break from college for the winter and it's started off with a bang, to say the least! During finals week my 10 year old car finally keeled over in a rather horrible way. The timing belt snapped while I was on the freeway and it took out the top half of the engine. There was extensive damage to the valves and pistons. The repair cost was astronomical, as it essentially required an engine rebuild, so instead after a week of advertising it, I sold off the car as a non-working project vehicle for about the same value as an Apple laptop. I wasn't going to get much more for a 10 year old German car with 80k miles since everyone recognized that it's a money-pit, but I am glad I was able to sell it for something at least. Through a friend's connection with a dealership I was able to use that as a down payment on a new car and get financed despite my abysmal credit score (hospital collections are a bitch). So I took home a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x2 with about 144k miles, since it was pretty much the only thing on the lot that was in my price range and had an automatic transmission. Also insurance is much cheaper on an SUV vs any sort of sedan/coupe. Thankfully the car runs well and I've found that most parts are dirt cheap (thank you, Chrysler, for using the same parts in most Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler vehicles) so that makes me happy. I'm now anxiously awaiting my student loan disbursement in the Spring so I can try to pay down this harsh loan (36 mo at 21% interest) but at least I have a car and I was able to finally get away from my previous money-pit that required repairs every other week.

That said, now that I'm done with school until February I can return to being productive with art. So that means back to work on backlogged art in addition to slowly making new pieces here and there.

Also, yesterday marked one year with my rescue dog! :) I highly encourage anyone who wants to get a dog for the holidays, whether for oneself or a loved one, to adopt one from a shelter/rescue. It is the best gift you can give yourself and them.
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Added: 6 years, 8 months ago
 
LupineAssassin
6 years, 8 months ago
*HUGS* Good to hear from you again. I know debt all too well. I finally paid off my overdue credit card recently. Took me over 3 fucking years to pay that card off!
cooncub
6 years, 8 months ago
Aw, damn belts, as someone that worked on alot of cars I fear the worse, at times the valves smash right thru pistons, so cheaper to replace whole engine now.Sorry for your loss, This should remind everyone to please have that belt checked.
Kannos
6 years, 8 months ago
Indeed, I was looking at a full engine rebuild/replacement, which was going to be a minimum of $2000 for an 02 VW Beetle 1.8L Turbo. It wasn't worth it. Thankfully the Jeep has a timing chain so I don't need to worry about servicing that or having it snap like that. It seems that the reviews I read for this model were also pretty positive, and lots of people are reporting Jeeps that live to over 200k miles, so I'm hoping that this car will last me a good, long time.
cooncub
6 years, 8 months ago
That beetle is still worth alot just for parts so don't let someone talk you into selling it cheap
Kannos
6 years, 8 months ago
I already sold it, as I couldn't put any money down on the Jeep otherwise. In the end, I got $2,200 for it. I settled for that since really, that car had a LOT of problems besides just the engine issue, and it's BlueBook value was only around $6,000 in working condition. It was better than selling it to a dealer/junk yard. Those places only offered me $300-$400 for it.
cooncub
6 years, 8 months ago
Bet they fix it up. I would just to save on fuel.
Kannos
6 years, 8 months ago
Yep, the guy who bought it wanted to fix it up for his wife. It's fuel economy wasn't that great actually. I was getting around 220 miles to the tank. I'm getting around 260+ on my Jeep, and that's a V6. It was a fun car though, as I could drive a lot more aggressively with it than I can with an SUV, but it was also too expensive to deal with. The check engine light remained on for over a year no matter how much money I put into repairs. It became too much to handle on a college student's income, so when it keeled over I decided to let it go to someone who can afford to deal with it's problems.
Iarann
6 years, 8 months ago
Glad to hear you're alright at least, I've had belts go, but thankfully not on the freeway and it's not always the smoothest of stops.

Looking forward to seeing more art from you!
Tetsunapi
6 years, 8 months ago
I'm just saying I want to Favorite this journal. I fully agree with your statement about rescuing animals. :D
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