The Earthf**ker has gone on to find a new home. After 8 and a half years (it's a little younger than this blog), she's moving on. I no longer need a full size, V8 pickup truck (although I still love them), and opted for something more economical. While, yes, doing the math shows that it's highly unlikely that buying a new car will ever be cheaper than fixing one you already own - even if the new car does get double the gas mileage - there's one thing the new vehicle has that the old one cannot: peace of mind. The Dodge had been utterly fantastic for me these past 8.5 years; it was the doubt as to how much longer it would hold up that was getting to me.
So, you ask, what could possibly replace the Earthf**ker? I present to you, the Earthpesterer:
Toyota RAV4. I don't know that I ever would have called this one. The Honda CR-V was a tight contended, but Toyota offered more for the Dodge and had a 0% interest end-of-the-month special running. I also liked the ride of the RAV4 best of all the small SUVs I tried out. Another reason for switching vehicles has to do with the nature of my commute. When I was in MA, I had a 15 mile commute that took about 30 minutes everyday, through gentle country backroads. Now, it's entirely bumper-to-bumper DC commuter traffic where I routinely take over an hour to cover the 19 miles to work.
I'm not gonna lie, here; one of the big considerations in getting a new vehicle was comfort. The past two years have involved a lot of sitting in traffic; it's much easier to do that in a vehicle with a more car-like ride, 25 MPG, and heated leather seats. I'm also digging the in-dash navigation and back-up camera - easier to get around a less-familiar area and negotiate parking garages. Oh, and it's a LOT easier to run a RAV4 in a crowded city than a full-size pickup.
The Ram treated me well; I have absolutely no complaints about my time with the big Dodge. It's got a lot of life left in it, and I hope whoever winds up with it enjoys her for a long time. Lots of power, lots of cargo hauling space, and that V8 sound... Interestingly enough, this is the first car I've owned that didn't have a V8 in nearly 20 years. We have to go back to early 1997 to find a time in which I wasn't driving something with 8 cylinders. And the car I was driving then? A 4 cylinder Toyota...
La plus ca change, c'est le meme chose...
That is all.