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  •  OH MY! Did Need this diary.... (2+ / 0-)
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    brooklynbadboy, dwayne

    Just today my Astro van transmission started slipping, UGH.  I have put it in tow/haul mode to disable the overddrive to smooth out the shifting, but the writing is on the wall!!!  I hate car shopping!!!!!!!!!!!!  I love the room I get with the van, HATE the terrible gas mileage and contributing so much pollution(I even it out a little by us being a vegetarian household), love the way it handles the snow in the Sierras which we go to every weekend in the winter and the quickly changing weather conditions where we live  in the foothills, hate that it is not exactly the urban assault vehicle when in SF, love that I can pile in a bunch of my son's friends, dirty gear, xmas trees, bikes, etc...

    How do I find everything I need in a new package, and not have it cost $50,000.?  There is also an emotional connection to the larger vehicle/van; my dearly depared husband loved the van because we would do so much active stuff and the room was so great to have, and I have been keeping up on those activities with our son.

    •  I'm not sure what exactly you "need" but (1+ / 0-)
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      you certainly don't need to spend 50 grand on a car to get a brand new car or SUV fully loaded with all the features.

      "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

      by yg17 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:37:29 PM PST

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      •  You are right, I was overstating the number to (0+ / 0-)

        emphasise the cost of new cars.  I have never owned a new car, always used,current van is 2003 which I purchased 3.5 years ago for 8 grand, but have had to put fair amount of money into it.  Also, I feel I will have to pay a lot more money to go " green" and still be able to enjoy winter roads.

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