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I got a call from the mechanic who has my car this morning... $1300, just to cover breakdown conditions. It still needs a tuneup and some other stuff after that, but that's going to have to wait.

I took it in for the oil change, the Service Engine Soon light, and to look at the tires, which are the original tires on the car, almost 69,000 miles later. So, I'm not surprised to be in dire need of having all four tires replaced. Nor that I need a new 02 sensor (that's the engine light). Replacing the front brakes, however, came as a bit of a shock. Of course, looking back on it, I can remember that I've been unhappy about my brakes for a little while - but I've been worrying about my tires for a couple of months, since someone told me tires don't last forever, so I've chalked up what must actually have been brake problems to the combination of having old tires and paying more attention to them.

It all has to get done of course, and I'm now incredibly glad I brought it in before driving to DC/Alexandria this weekend. But holy crap, my credit card bill is going to suck this month...



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Apr. 22nd, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah.. all those replaceable parts. I need to bring my car in for the brakes at some point. Luckily I don't think I need new tires quite yet.
Apr. 22nd, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
Brakes, also don't last forever. I used to need my brakes done every 2 years, now that my commute is short, I'll probably be able to get away with 3. Somebody told me once that you need to put $1000 a year into any car more than 3 years old. Some years you don't get the whole $1000, some years make up for the other ones.

I really need to get my tires done.
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Apr. 22nd, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
If in fact you are on your original brakes, that's actually a realllllllllly long time for brakes on an automatic to last...usually it's more like 30-40000 miles, although I used to have to get them done every 12000 on the freaking chevy of doom.
Apr. 22nd, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)
Well, as with the tires, I didn't know they didn't last this long... although the last time I took it in to Saturn was somewhere in the 34K-37K range, and they might have done it then and not told me. But even so it would have been another 32K since then.
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