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No Luck at All

Aproximately 3 years and  7 months ago, my mode of transportation was a little maroon 1997 Ford Escort.  I loved that little car.  It wasn't my first car but one could consider it as such because my true first car was only with me for about 3 months before it died in a horrible accident.  I'd had that Escort for 8 years with very little major problems.  But in it's 7th and 8th year it had finally started to give me problems with the coolent system.  SO, I traded it in.  

I traded it in for what I thought at the time was going to be the future.  I thought for sure that it would be the best car I'd ever own.  I got myself a cute little black 2003 Toyota Prius.  EXCELLENT gas mileage and a blast to drive in!  I love driving that little thing around.  All of my friends said it suited me so well.  However, yesterday marks the 3rd time this year, second time in a WEEK, that I have had to put it in the shop for something major.  I had it in the shop for something major twice last year.  So, in the past two years...I've had it in the shop 5 times...all for major problems that would have been painful to my pocketbook if it wasn't still under warrenty.  And you know what is even more weird...only two of the five times have had ANYTHING to do with the hybrid system.  The rest have just been problems with the NORMAL car parts.  

What really makes me want to cry is when I compare my two cars.  Isn't it sad that the Ford....the "Found On the Road Dead" , the "Fix Or Repair Daily"...Escort lasted longer with less trouble than the Toyota Prius.  Consumer Reports has been touting that the Prius and all it's new incarnations have been the best cars to get.  And yet, here I sit with a big, fat lemon.  I now understand why people call bad cars lemons.  They leave a REALLY sour and bitter taste in your proverbial mouth.  I so don't know what to do.  Well, not entirely.  I KNOW what to do.  I need to get rid of the car.  But, I still owe money on it.  I don't know if I should tough it out and wait until I've paid it off and then have all of it's trade in value to go to the new car.  OR if I should just bite the bullet, trade it in now, and only have about half of the trade in value to go to a new car.  Not to mention, I don't even know WHAT car to buy.  

(sighs)  My luck just sucks.  I think what makes it really hurt me is that...the Prius is the first car that I bought.  I wasted my money on that piece of shit.  (sighs)  I hate this.


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Sep. 24th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. I wish I could give you advice on what to do, but... I don't know cars very well.
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the sympathies anyways. I know that I need to get rid of it. So I'm just trying to decide on when and what to replace it with. I keep thinking about getting another Prius. I suspect that the only reason the one I have is such a lemon is because it's my luck and it had been on the lot for over a year before I bought it. The only problem with a new Prius is that it is so expensive. Cheapest one I saw at the dealership was over $23,000. Sadly, I almost feel like I have to get one, because I live so far away from EVERYTHING that I feel like the Prius' gas mileage really saves me.
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