Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Milestone...

It was bound to happen...


Yep, the Earthf**ker just broke 100K. Took 8.5 years, but she got there. This is the first vehicle I've owned where I've put 100% of the mileage on through 100K. I've had plenty of cars that wound up with > 100K on the clock; but this is the only one where I took it there from 0 (well, I think 12 or so).

I'm at a crossroads, of sorts. The truck's due for a new set of tires and brakes, and while I think I'll get it done for now, I realize that her days are numbered. When I bought the Dodge, I had a 26-foot camper to tow with it, and a 15-mile (one way) commute through back roads with little traffic. Now, the camper is gone, and I sit on a freeway for an hour each way. The 12 - 13 MPG the Earthf**ker gets digs into the ol' budget.

Except, of course, I love this as a replacement:


Dodge Challenger. R/T with the 370 horsepower Hemi V8. It gets slightly better gas mileage than the Ram, but not so much that I'd see any sort of savings. It would, however, scratch the itch that I've had for over 25 years, to have a muscle car. I looked at Trans Ams, Camaros, Mustangs and other such cars in my teens and early 20s, but the closest I ever got was a used VW GTI. Now that the kids are older, and I don't have to worry about months of deep snow, it's a possibility.

I'll most likely end up with a mid-size sedan, mind you (the Altima gets 27 MPG in *city* driving!), but I like thinking about the Challenger...

That is all.

16 comments:

nguyenhm16 said...

100k miles is hardly a reason to get rid of a car these days. Even given poor fuel economy, the economics of favor keeping it for a while longer. I recently sold a VW GTI with ~150k on it, and it was still running good, and VWs are not known for their reliability.

But if you just want a new car, what's wrong with a Charger? It's basically a 4-door Challenger, and to me is better looking -- the Challenger looks like a bloated caricature of its 70's self. Best of both worlds.

Anonymous said...

you will never make buying a new car make financial sense, at lease I've never been able to make the math work. That being said, I rolled my Altima from Fort Worth to Colorado Springs last week on one tank. Ok, it was more like Decatur, but who the hell knows where that is?

I'm 6' and finally decided that small hatch backs are just too small. No regrets on the Altima

Roger said...

Jay;
Go ahead and scratch that itch.

Remember, you only go around once. Don't be
a 70 year old "WishIda" as in I wish I had bought that,
done that, seen that, ate that, drank that etc etc.

libertyman said...

Have a look at Carmax for a low mileage used, Challenger I had good luck with them, and there's no dealer BS about price. Is it the cheapest place? No. But they do a good job there.

libertyman said...

You should have Photoshopped the speedometer needle to read 120.

You did, of course have your passenger take the picture, while you had both hands firmly on the wheel. And eyes on the road.

Right?

lordjim said...

Midsize sedan you say? What about the Taurus SHO, or if you "know a guy", a Taurus Interceptor. I know that they call the Taurus a full sized sedan, but a full sized Ford sedan will always be a Crown Vic.

harp1034 said...

Go for it. If you don't do it now you never will.

Angus McThag said...

Buy an actual early Trans Am, Camaro or Mustang. Old MOPAR is stupid expensive, dangit.

Put in a modern electronically controlled drive train.

Have. It. All.

Don't skimp on a midlife crisis!

Stretch said...

Charger!
Every Sheriff's office South of the Mason-Dixon line can't be wrong.

Old NFO said...

Do what you gotta... :-) And don't wait until it's too late!

Ted said...

A muscle car to scratch that itch is a whole lot less expensive than that other mid life choice .

Go all in for a Hellcat assuming you can find one.

abnormalist said...

ready to get sad? Your Earth F***ker, lets say averaged 11mpg, over its 100,000 mile life. means its burned nearly 9091 gallons of gasoline. Lets say Gas averaged a cost of $2.75 over that same 100,000 miles. You've poured just over $25,000 into that tank.


quick breakdown on the little econo boxes economy...
20mpg 13750
30mpg 9167
40mpg 6875
50mpg 5500

Makes the hybrids make a lot less sense, if it saves you a whopping 3k at the cost of your manhood eh? :-)

30mpg is an awfully nice sweet spot to be able to drive a real car still, but save a bundle of money

Wandering Neurons said...

Your itch has gotten bad enough I think you've gotten poison ivy. As others have said, pull the trigger, but do it with something gently used so you don't take a bath on depreciation. You can always get warranty extensions...

Snowdog said...

Or since you had one before, check out the MkVII GTI. muscle-ish car with good gas mileage, and more useable trunk space than Mustang, Camaro etc.

Royal Ward said...

2003 Mazda B300 has 286,000 and still drives fine, when I need to haul something. Daily driver now is 2012 Honda civic with 150,000 and gets 40mpg between SC and Fl. Both bought new. I like to drive.

Anonymous said...

My 2007 Ram beat yours to 100K by a few months.
Oddly enough, tripping 100K happened right in front of a Dodge dealership, I shit you not. I've got the pix.
I'm not trading in anytime soon. Only $5500 left to pay off.
but the 13-14 MPG does suck.

-Grognard