First I want to thank all of the wonderful comments to my “Used Volvo S40/S60” post of November 22nd. The commentary was sobering and has swayed me from pursuing used Volvo’s further. Not that anyone dissed the Volvos, but it is apparent that my resources and situation are not a good match for what appears to be typically required from a Volvo owner.
That brings me to the genesis of what lead me to the Volvos in the first place. I have a 2001 Chevy Impala with 155,000 miles on it. I bought the car from Enterprise who had it in their fleet about a year. I am the second owner to now. The car has been wonderful and I’ve been very,very happy with it. The only major expense has been replacing the head gasket about 3 years ago. As the story goes Chevy wanted to save 50 cents on the gasket and used a cheap plasticized gasket which failed early and often. This occurrence is an urban legend among Impala owners apparently. My garage replaced it with a higher quality Felpro gasket.
Long story short a faulty thermostat appears to have compromised the gasket and now it needs to be replaced along with others to the tune of about $1350 (also includes replacing a faulty oil lvl sensor and thermostat). My fiancé says that to invest that kind of money in a car that old with those miles is ridiculous. Given our current budget status I disagree. I feel it’s simply amoritized operating cost from years of faithful virtually expense free service. I know the car well and I know how it’s been maintained. Personally I cannot see the wisdom of spending 6-7K on a car a model year or two newer with close to the same mileage on it, especially when I do not know the car. She thinks I’m crazy and I disagree, on the car issue anyway
Something tells me that this is an age old argument and I would be interested to hear what you guys think of the Comfortable Old Chair syndrome. For those of you that agree with her I would love to hear your recommendations on make/model/year of a reliable “beater”. I drive 70 miles every day to and from work so reliability is key. I have no ego so style or look is secondary to me.
Again my thanks in advance for you guys helping me from shooting myself in the foot.
Old School Ninja