Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 1/2/2013 11:19:50 PM|
I just went to pick up my 2002 Honda Odyssey from the transmission shop once more (3rd time recently). We have made the decision to sell it this time since it is no longer reliable. My 15 yo will be driving soon, and I can't put her in something I can't depend on.
I found myself getting emotional over it and was kind of surprised. I pictured my now 12 yo DS in his Mickey Mouse costume when he was 4 as we drove to Disneyland and just certain memories like that.
I already got my replacement car, a cute PT Cruiser. Maybe it's the fact that I'm downsizing too that just reminds me that my kids are getting older and I don't really need the space of a van much anymore. Even with only 2 kids, I loved the versatility of it. It easily went from cargo to holding up to 7 people.
I guess I'm just an old sap. The car is quite the eyesore now and really needs to go, but I'll miss it.
Do you get attached to cars?
ETA: The transmission work was under warranty, but I had to get a rental each time for about a week, which was not reimbursed. Just the hassle alone made it quite the headache to deal with.
|Posted: 1/2/2013 11:21:35 PM|
YES! I still miss my 2000 Dodge Intrepid. We had so many fun memories together. I drove all over Arizona and Utah in it and to California. I also miss the .99 cent gas prices then!
Loc: Washington State
|Posted: 1/2/2013 11:21:44 PM|
No, by the time I change cars I am dying for something new. My dd gets very emotionally attached though.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Georgia girl
|Posted: 1/2/2013 11:22:55 PM|Yes! Love my Trailblazer. I've had it for 10 years and it has 120,000 miles on it (90,000 that I've put on it). It just 'fits' me & my personality. (It's the more rugged 'North Face' edition). It drives great, has given me no problems, and it's paid for. They don't make them anymore, and I plan to drive it until it dies. Will be very sad when that day comes. I love her.
Had to delete my old account, but I've been here since July 2006!
Loc: Rite Aid
|Posted: 1/2/2013 11:24:20 PM|Yes, I drove my Dad's '72 Olds Cutlass Supreme all through high school and college. I finally donated it in the late 90s. I could barely leave it at the VoA without crying.
My parents drove me home from the hospital in that car. They drove my cousin home in it too. It was our family car throughout my childhood.
I still miss that car.
Doxie Pea Mom
Rick Springfield Junkie
Loc: Mountain High Pea
|Posted: 1/2/2013 11:29:55 PM|Only one car..right out of high school I got a convertible Mustang.. Every spring I miss it when it starts getting nice out. Lots of memories with my friends and that car...that is the only car I have ever felt connected to
|Posted: 1/2/2013 11:31:42 PM|
Only with one; my IROC Camaro. I bought her in 1990 and she sits in my garage awaiting a new motor and paint job. I bought her before I met my husband and she has done me well. My father has told me I should sell the car. My nephew has begged to buy her. She has found her forever home with me. She is beautiful, sleek, and even has roses etched in the side windows.
Loc: walkin' in high cotton
|Posted: 1/2/2013 11:45:57 PM|Yes. I always wanted a VW Beetle back in the day but didnt buy one until 2002. It has served me well. I bought a 2013 VW Beetle in August. It sat new in the garage for a month because I could not give up driving the 02 green bug. Now the 13 has almost 10,000 miles on it. We just took the 02 to KY NYE for my cousin to drive till she gets back on her feet. I will always keep that car and probably drive it in the Christmas parade when it becomes an antique!
Loc: mid New York state
|Posted: 1/2/2013 11:54:54 PM|
Yes. Very much. i love my cars. When i finally have to let them go it is ...well. There is a mourning period.
All of my cars have had names and personalities - in fact, they all carried the names of their predecessors.... until now. Now i have a female car. All my other cars have been boys. It has been a conundrum.
First was Mortichai.
Then was Mortichai Sebastian (went by Sebastian)
Then Jacob Mortichai Sebastian (he went by Jacob )
...Then i got Tala. Wistala, technically. (named after a dragon in a book who was kind of stubby...and my Tala has neither nose nor ass, so she is kind of stubby too - and yet also awesome, just like Wistala in the book.) So the whole male progression of names is a little awkward. Conundrum! But she's awesome, so we putter on. Slightly louder then normal, since she (sigh) currently needs some muffler work soon. (sigh - again)
.. .. ..
When I'm old, I don't want them to say of me, "She's so charming!", I want them to say, "Be careful, I think she's armed!" - G. Stoddart
I sense impending mayhem.
Loc: Beautiful BC
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:01:02 AM|
Nyxish-that's interesting that you have used all boy names until now. My van was named "Betsy." Not very original, but it stuck. I like the name "Pete" for the PT Cruiser, but trying to think of a girl name since it seems it would be more fitting. It's a very "chick" car as my DS said.
He initially said he couldn't be seen it but then reconsidered when I told him he has options (AKA known as walking). Ha ha!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:08:54 AM|
Kind of. When I bought a new car (well, second hand, but new to me) last year we sold my old car to the wreckers. I felt awful about it! It was a 1995 Camry station wagon and it still drove well. The only problem was it had major oil leaks and it was going to cost more than the car was worth to get them fixed. Whenever I thought of my poor car getting crushed at the wreckers I felt so guilty!!
I don't have that many memories about the car, just that I bought it one month before my first child was born, and that was the car she came home from hospital in.
You're either in, or you're out
Loc: South Bay, CA
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:11:04 AM|Yes! My first car (I bought myself) was a VW Jetta. I had that car as a single girl, married girl, and mom with two kids. Both of my babies came home from the hospital in that car. Unfortunately dh totaled it, and even though it was 10 years old I was so sad to see it go.
I've had my current van for almost 10 years, and my kids who were 6 & 3 at the time are now 13 and (almost)16! She's been with us through so much, and we have so many memories in that van. I'm planning on keeping it another few years because it's been a great car and I can't bear to let it go.
Loc: Mesa, Arizona
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:15:27 AM|
Yes and I was surprised too with our 4Runner. It was our road trip, camping, out of town runaway car.That car had a lot of miles on it.
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:18:31 AM|Yes, I love my car. Her name is Babette. She's a 2000 Toyota Solara. They don't make those anymore either. She's been paid for since '03. I bought her brand new, with 26 miles on her. She now has over 150,000. I've had more years with her than I had with my husband.
I really expected to leave her in Florida when I moved there two years ago, but when I moved back home a year later, she was still good to go. Every few months I think about replacing her, but it comes down to three things:
1. I travel almost every week, so I just can't stomach making a payment on a car that sits in the parking deck at the airport Monday through Friday.
2. I drive rental cars all the time, and I have yet to find one that I enjoy driving as much as my baby girl. Including upgrades. The only thing that has even come close was a two-door Nissan Altima, but they don't make those with a V6.
3. I love her. She's the first and only car that was exactly what I wanted, not just what I could afford. She is the first and only car I have ever loved.
She had some expensive repairs in December, and I think she needs a little more work, but I try to think of the cost in terms of car payments. These last repairs were the equivalent of 3 car payments, so by March I'll be ahead again.
I will grieve for a stupid long time when I finally have to let her go.
Loc: where I lay my head at night
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:38:20 AM|
Yep.. I absolutely love my current car. 2004 Ford Expedition. He has a name and I actually apologize out loud to it if I drive through potholes or on muddy roads.
When I have to use my powerful V8 Triton engine and he has to get up to speed really fast (flooring it). I rub the dashboard and apologize too.
Also, no one is allowed to drink anything but water in it unless we are on a road trip, but I am allowed to drink anything I want in it.
I also wash it once a week even if it is raining and I scrub around the logo thingies with a toothbrush to get the dirt out from between the letters.
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Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:49:12 AM|
I spent so much time driving kids around that I really get attached to my car. My last car was a cute silver Mazda. She was a 2003 with 160,000 miles and still going strong. I taught 3 kids how to drive in her. Unfortunately, she was totalled in May. my DD had her and was waiting to turn left. Another driver tried to go around her (illegal on 2 lane roads here) and hit her. I was so sad about it. I still miss that car.
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Loc: With my Shadow
|Posted: 1/3/2013 1:01:57 AM|
I cried when DH sold our first truck. At the time,
we had 2 trucks and a car. We agreed to sell the
Original truck when we bought the new one. Only
took five years.
We still have truck #2. The car. And, have added a
small SUV & an economy car.
I could not give up my SUV. I'll still drive her over
The new one given the choice.
Unfortunately, DH has the same problem. We've
discussed selling one of the vehicles. Neither of
Us can bring ourselves to do so.
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|Posted: 1/3/2013 1:20:41 AM|
I was emotional about my first car bc soneone I loved had consigned the loan, and he died a few months before it was 10 yrs old. I was sad to get rid of it for that reason.
I have no emotional attachment to my current car, which I bought in 2005.
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Resident Smart Ass
|Posted: 1/3/2013 1:24:05 AM|
I broke down sobbing at the dealership when we traded in my 17-year-old Miata. Salesperson was dumbfounded and didn't know what to do ... probably because I was replacing it with another red Miata.
I was so embarrassed at this emotional attachment, I told him I was in menopause just to try to get out of there with some dignity.
|Posted: 1/3/2013 1:31:30 AM|I cried when I found out they had decided to stop making the model I have... The only reason thinking about one day having to get rid of my car didn't devastate me was my plan to immediately replace it with the exact same thing... What am I supposed to do now?!? What I ask you?
Loc: Bonnie Scotland
|Posted: 1/3/2013 2:11:19 AM|
No, I just see a car as something to get me from A to B.
|Posted: 1/3/2013 3:45:28 AM|
Yes, but only to cars that I've chosen! The last 2 or 3 I've had we're dh's before they became mine and I just haven't liked them as much as previous cars. The current one I have I really don't like - its small and cheap (I changed job and only need a little car because I don't do much mileage) and has zero features. Probably the easiest to park I've ever had but the most uncomfortable!
|Posted: 1/3/2013 3:50:37 AM|
I am glad I am not the only one. There was one car that I never got attached to for some reason but the other cars, I was very upset when it was time to say goodbye to them.
Currently I have a 2003 Blazer, which isn't made anymore and that has been the best car...never gave me a day's bit of problems and has 135,000+ miles on it. I have done a lot of traveling with it and been through a lot since I first bought it.
Back in January, I inherited a 2003 Trailblazer with only 40,000 miles on it. It is a bit more high-end then my car and with so little miles, seems practically new. They are both the same color.
While I love the newer car, because it is attached to my family member, drives great, has low miles, etc. I am still VERY attached to my old car. I can't bear to part with it, especially since it is still in such great shape.
People keep asking if they can buy it now that I have the other one, no one can understand why I would keep 2 cars, but I am just not ready to let it go and I not sure I will ever sell it. I will probably just drive them both (I alternate them out every 2 weeks) until they simply can't go anymore.
Loc: England UK
|Posted: 1/3/2013 5:21:29 AM|
No, its an arrangement of metal, rubber and electrical parts for a particular task so I'm no more attached to it than i am to my washing machine.
|"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
Loc: Queensland, Australia
|Posted: 1/3/2013 5:35:25 AM|About 35 years ago I had a mini that I really liked, but when by #4 arrived, it was too small to fit the kids in. That was sad and my 2nd son cried when it went (he was almost 6). I wish I still had it - they're worth a fortune now.
I've had a few I really liked - my gorgeous EH Holden we sold to get the deposit for this house (25 years ago) and my very favourite was my 1970's VW Kombi. My husband made me sell it - I so wish I'd kept the van and got rid of him instead. Actually I did, but not till a few years later. I want to get another one some day (van not husband).
All my cars have been named Betsy - well, the ones I liked. I've had a few I didn't like so they didn't get the honour of being named.
They're all crazy. They're all crazy except you and me. Sometimes I have my doubts about you! Martin - Dracula, 1931
That's What She Said
|Posted: 1/3/2013 6:16:49 AM|
Yes. When I go to trade it in, it's tough, but usually by day 2, I have forgotten about it assuming I like the new car.
Loc: Upstate NY
|Posted: 1/3/2013 6:24:26 AM|
No. But then again I've never really had a car long enough to really get attached. The longest was 5 yrs. DH likes to keep things fresh so it seems every couple years we are either selling or trading for something newer.
My mom however was emotionally attached. They kept cars long past their prime because mom would just fall apart just shopping for a new car. Finally when the a/c went out and it was 100+ in the the desert she gave in...but it was on her terms to shop.
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Loc: stalking the crease
|Posted: 1/3/2013 6:27:07 AM|
Oh yes. All of my cars have names. I cried when I got rid of the last one, even though it was a POS. I have had this car 10 years now and I know I'll bawl when it's finally time for a new one.
Stuck In The 80's!
|Posted: 1/3/2013 6:27:29 AM|
Do you get attached to cars?
Yes....VERY!!! I have a 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T that I am VERY attached to & I've been considering selling it or trading it in for the past 3 months, but just can't bring myself to do it My dh thinks I'm nuts & tells me it's only a car & then he says he could understand if it actually looked like a real Charger with 2 doors like they were made years ago instead of 4 doors. What I really want is a Dodge Challenger & almost traded my Charger in on one, but a lot of stuff happened that made us decide not to do it (running out of gas in the Challenger when I took it for a test drive!, our insurance not wanting to cover it because the dealership installed a cold-air intake on it, etc.....I took them as warning signs not to do it). I have a guy that's interested in buying my Charger right now & I may just go for it, although I know I'll cry like a baby if I do it! I just bought a Jeep Wrangler 2 months ago to drive in the winter, but I think it'll be just as fun to drive in the summer, if not more
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|Posted: 1/3/2013 6:36:20 AM|
No. Cars are just tools of transportation.
I don't get attached to houses either.
|just because I feel like it
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Million dollar camera, 10 dollar lock!
Loc: Right here
|Posted: 1/3/2013 7:10:44 AM|I have sold cars and really missed them, but that is the exception, not the rule. My husband has a car he's had since college and even though he does not drive it any longer, he loves it and won't even hear of selling it.
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What if everything is an illusion & nothing exists
|Posted: 1/3/2013 7:13:37 AM|
No. It's a car. A chunk of metal that I use to get me to and from places. I don't name it, and I don't get attached to it. While the one I currently have is my favorite so far, I will not make any decisions regarding transportation out of "loyalty and love" to my car. When it becomes unreliable I will get rid of it and get another one without hesitation.
|Posted: 1/3/2013 7:38:33 AM|
No. I buy very practical cars. Not what I "want", but what makes most sense. So if it gets tot he point that I'm upgrading, I'm all for it.
Stuck In The Bucket
|Posted: 1/3/2013 9:10:22 AM|
Yes! I have a VW Rabbit now and I'm very attached to that car. I'm embarrassed to admit that I talk to it.
My first car I bought myself was a Dodge Shadow ES and I loved it. When it had 150,000 miles, I let a pretty convertible turn my eye and I sold it. I later found out that the person I sold it to turned around and sold it to some teenagers, who promptly took it off-roading and totalled it. I felt so guilty!
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Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/3/2013 9:17:07 AM|No. Probably because I keep cars until they start to be nothing but trouble and by then I am so glad to be rid of them.
Also, I am just not a car person. When people talk about if they had X amount of money they'd buy some dream car it always surprises me for a moment, because I absolutely wouldn't do anything other than pay off anything I might owe on my current car. Buying a car isn't anything special or fun to me. A car is a just something I have to have. It's like a big rolling errand to me.
My mother, however, definitely does. She just got a new car and she is sad about it.
Loc: Phoenix, AZ area
|Posted: 1/3/2013 10:19:02 AM|
I surprised myself last year, by really missing my old car. My new car was absolutely lovely, and an updated version of its predecessor, but it felt different and I was 'homesick' for the other one for quite a few weeks. Daft really.
|There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea. ~Bernard-Paul Heroux|
You gots to access your uncrazy side.
|Posted: 1/3/2013 10:33:42 AM|
I loved my Z3 in an irrational fashion. It was the car of my dreams. Sadly, or rather most happily, I got too pregnant to fit behind the wheel, so we traded it in for a Land Rover.
Very happy about why I had to get rid of it, but I still miss it.
oooh, what you said!
|Posted: 1/3/2013 10:45:35 AM|I didn't think I was until our van was totaled this summer. I don't like the replacement near as much as I liked the one we had and I miss it. It was prettier and had 70,000 fewer miles on it.
|Posted: 1/3/2013 11:15:24 AM|
YES! I a have a 1999 Ford Expedition. We live in IL so I have a few small rust spots and the leather is starting to crack in a few places.I cannot imagine not having my truck. It has 120K miles on it so in reality it is still good to go. We have had only minor repairs on it. I will drive it till I cant anymore.
|Posted: 1/3/2013 11:19:39 AM|No, I don't have them long enough to get attached. I've had my Jeep Commander for 5 years and that is the longest I've ever had a vehicle. I do enjoy driving it though. We're planning on keeping it for our oldest dd.
Cute Girls Pea
|Posted: 1/3/2013 11:22:48 AM|
No. Not even a little and I am a huge sentimental slob for almost everything.
Loc: Sunny FLA
|Posted: 1/3/2013 11:28:59 AM|
YES!! I have a 10 year old Mitsubishi now and I love her so much. The first 9 years were absolutely problem free-- maintenance only. This past year has been more challenging with too many repairs etc. I have reluctantly been looking at replacing her but I already feel pangs of sadness about it. I always name my cars and get attached. The only car I didn't miss was the lemon that let me down too often.
But I definitely know I will shed a tear when this one has to go away.
~~ Lisa ~~
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: The mitten state
|Posted: 1/3/2013 11:52:01 AM|
No, not really. I might miss certain things about them but not really sad about getting rid of one etc.
Now dh does. And dd definitely does when we've gotten new cars. A few years ago she cried and cried when dh got a new(er) car.
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:13:42 PM|
No. I never have, and probably never will.
It's just a piece of machinery to get me from point A to point B. There are certain features that I like to have, but other than that, I don't care.
I don't even care to go looking. I tell DH what features I like, and which cars I don't like the looks of, and I leave it up to him. As long as it runs, I'm fine!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:15:40 PM|
Aw, yes, now that someone else mentioned it, I do remember my DS crying the last time we got rid of a car.
boring + nerdy
|Posted: 1/3/2013 12:18:24 PM|
No, not at all. I generally am not sentimental about things, and most definitely not about cars.