Apologize in advance for the rant post that will be forth coming. So, my car search for the wife did not go well, it took ages. I am a strong believer in owning my cars, and I don’t like car payments. So used is the only option for with my current finances. Student loan debt ridden single income family, that we are. So I wanted to make sure that the next car I go for my wife was going to last for a long time and need minimal maintenance for awhile. I’m so tired of weekend mechanic work on the family car just to get through the week. So I was determined that if I was going to finally get a new car it would be an upgrade that would last us for awhile.
Our car situation prior to this was:
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 157K plagued with issues. My daily driver
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 260k Actually really reliable till it broke a piston skirt. Wife Daily driver
1989 Suzuki Swift GTi Fun car for me. :)
It was a pretty good setup, because that way I didn’t have to drive the swift all the time and I could actually work on it. It’s hard doing major work on a car that you are also going to need for work in the morning. Anyhow, so the jeeps were just not working out anymore, and we really wanted something with more space, better ac in the rear for my son, better all round. So I had my heart set on a newer Sienna, and boy I almost ended up having to change my mind. I wanted a 2011 or newer but they are just dang expensive still given that this was unexpected I didn’t have time to save up for it like I had planned and ended up getting a small loan to help me pay for how much I thought I would need to get a car. Turns out I sorely underestimated the resale value on a 8 year old Sienna, there are tons of them available, but everybody still wants 15K for a trashed one. I finally found one at the beginning of this month, a really nice 2012 Sienna SE with only 120K on it that is in super shape, so far it has been an absolute pleasure and the wife loves it. So I finally have the wife car situation solved, but my situation is that I’m still dallying the swift despite needing to finish a whole pile of work on it. I just haven’t had a choice, and it’s been driving me crazy.
I have done a few small things, like dropped my 5.25 inch speakers in the rear speaker cavities so I can use the radio again since I was driving it everyday. But it seems that the little car finally decided to quite of its own accord, letting me know it is high time I did some work on it. On the way home from work yesterday the alternator bracket broke and shredded the belt, I heard the clunk of it falling and then screeching the rest of the way home. So it’s not going anywhere until I find a new bracket, and I probably need to take this opportunity to fix a few other things to make it a bit more reliable and comfortable to drive while I sort out my vehicle situation. I may try to do an engine swap on the 2000 jeep to get it back in service so I can do more extensive work on the swift like the new motor I have planned.
Current list of top priorities in random order:
- Fix alternator
- Fix leaking AC
- Replace fuel filter, and possible fuel pump.
- Overdue oil change.
- A bunch of welding, I want to fix a couple rust spots, and spot weld the seams to stiffen the chassis.
- Weld patch onto broken exhaust pipe. An exhaust hanger pulled a chunk out of my pipe and is making an awful noise now.
- Replace springs with something not specific rate.
Hmmm I think that’s plenty for now, I’d be pretty happy to have that list taken care of, I need to hunt down an alternator bracket ASAP or the car won’t be going anywhere for awhile.
Admin of the Suzuki Swift Repository, as well as a GTi fanatic! Currently own a Red 89 GTi
and a Black 93 GT