Perhaps I’m uncool, or maybe I just appreciate function over form, but I’m super excited about my new minivan! We bought it last week after casually shopping for more months than I care to admit. It’s a 2004 Honda Odyssey….tan leather interior, fully loaded and only 72,000 miles. Okay, perhaps that not considered “new” to most people, but it’s pretty darn new for this family. Both the carseats fit, the radio works, and I can fill it full of Home Depot goodies…I’m in love :) And after sharing a car with my husband for a year it’s nice not to have to plan around each others schedules.
Admiring my new fancy car made me think back on all of our past vehicles. Then I realized just how MANY we’ve owned. Between the two of us we’ve had eight cars and three motorcycles. That’s just in the ten years we’ve been driving…and we’ve been together since car one, so it’s not like one of us is more guilty than the other in the car exchanging department.
(I know pictures of my civic exist, but I can’t seem to find one. Here’s a stock photo…)
This car surpassed our expectations by a long shot. We never had to fix it and it never left us stranded. Even when we left it frozen in a military parking lot for a year while Adam was in Iraq, it started right up. And it got great gas mileage to boot, about 40 mpg, sometimes more. We sold it at the same time as the Subaru for $900.That brings us to our most current car..
1999 VW Passat Wagon bought for $3400 in 2010.
After selling the Subaru and Saturn last year we moved back to Texas and needed a car ASAP. We bought the Passat and it has treated us well. It’s our fourth standard (the Beetle, Ranger and Saturn were standard) but it is the first one that I had to drive. I’ve been fighting having to learn to drive standard since I was 16. People have tried to teach me on about 1,000 different occasions, but I never got it. Truth is it terrified me. Driving in general kinda makes me nervous…not that I’m weird about it, but I’m probably the slowest driving 26 year old out there. Anyway, I finally was forced to learn standard. My husband and family (standard enthusiasts) were thrilled. Me, not so much. Everyone has always told me “just drive it for a day and you’ll feel totally at home in it.” Nope, It took me nearly a month of driving around the neighborhood to get out on the highway. I’ve been driving it for over a year now and my heart still beats a little fast when I’m on a hill with a car behind me. I’m glad I learned how to drive it, and I’m glad I don’t have to anymore.
Then comes the three motorcycles, though I’m not going to go into depth about them…
1970-something Honda CB 200, bought and sold for $900. S.L.O.W…and broken a lot.