Monday, August 31, 2015

New Wheels

So, over the weekend, I said goodbye to an old friend.



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.

9 comments:

Shrimp said...

I know two people who own RAV4s. They absolutely love them. Sounds like a good fit for you.

Mark Matis said...

You really need to buy this:
http://www.soundboard.com/sb/Car_Engine_Sounds
copy it onto a USB thumb drive, stuff it in your car stereo, roll down the windows and crank it up for your commute.

Although this might be even better for when the traffic is backed up:
http://tinyurl.com/m52vc7b
}:-]

Dirk said...

I'm still driving my 2003 Dodge Dakota, and plan to give it to my daughter if I can ever scrap the $$$$ together for something new for me or The Boss. Have only had a few issues - had an emissions problem - some kind of leaking hose. Just had to replace the water pump, hoses, thermostat, fan clutch, and had to replace the headliner (A dirty, complex job, but only $60 of materials, since I did it myself). Other than that, it's run very well, with very little maintenance other than oil changes at irregular and extended intervals. Only 70k miles, too.

Old NFO said...

Enjoy, and you'll now have to remember you can't run 'em over anymore... :-)

libertyman said...

Good choice, and perfect for your needs. Good enough on gas, and yet practical for the occasional foray north in the winter. Small enough to fit into the crush of DC traffic, but roomy enough to bring your pals and guns for a shoot.

Good job.

Extra gas money saved can go for hardware or ammunition -- yay!

Anonymous said...

Unless that thing is set up to roll coal, I'm disappointed in you, Jay.

Wandering Neurons said...

Well, I'm surprised you didn't get the Dodge that you wanted. You did the logical thing, not the frivolous one, and I don't blame you at all. I know you were beating your brains out trying to decide, and this sets you up for the other car's expiration date.
Enjoy! My mom's got a RAV that's ancient and still running. But I'm sure you drive better than my Mom...

Jay G said...

Anon,

I know, I know. However, being responsible now means I get the 6.4L Hemi in the Challenger later... ;)

0007 said...

I remember when you first blogged about the Mighty EarthF***er. Had a friend who had a RAV, she loved it