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The main vehicle that I drive most is an '05 Ford Escape. It has been a great car overall and has been pretty low maintenance. However, I am no fool. This car now has over 178,000 miles and it is almost a decade old.
So when the clutch started acting funny just after arriving home from California, I have to admit that I wasn't all that surprised that something could be up. I also thought that I was really happy that this didn't happen while we were on the road.
I called my mechanic. He is an honest guy. He told me if the clutch needs replacing I probably need a new car. He kindly pointed out that putting more money into a car than it is worth is probably not a good idea- especially when said car is old enough and at a mileage that could warrant a transmission or even an engine at any time. My mechanic also knows that I often travel down to California and he told me he wouldn't want to see me get stranded on the side of the highway.
I was annoyed, but agreed with all of the logic stated above.
I also am very annoyed by car shopping. Or should I say I hate car salesman. Hell, don't we all???
My last experience was a good one because it was at the MINI dealer where they don't really have to sell you anything. You wouldn't be there if you didn't want a MINI. Duh!
But this time I would need to replace what I have with something similar. There's nothing that big at the MINI dealer. Damn!
So I made an appointment to have the car looked at by the mechanic in the afternoon and did a little internet car shopping. I have had a car in mind if mine should go bad and yet I haven't been so sold on the idea that I have actively ever looked or even test driven.
To make a long story short, I actually found a decent price for the type of car I was thinking about and it turned out to be located at a dealer that, at least over the phone, has salespeople that don't seem to be ready to jerk you around or oozing in greasiness. I made an appointment to talk with them tomorrow.
Then, during my day of errands and a little work, I drove my car around town with no more troubles at all. Hmmm.... strange.
by the time I got to the mechanic I honestly wondered if I had just dreamed up some problem that never existed at all.
In the end my issue is simple. I need a brake job, but my clutch is fine. It's merely that both the clutch and the brakes feed from the same fluid reservoir and when the fluid is old or dirty it will sometimes affect the clutch performance. Whew, brakes are way cheaper and I don't have to meet with ANY car salesman at all. My Friday is saved for something far better. Maybe I'll hit up a 'Happy Hour' with my neighbor- she's been bugging me to do that. Oh, and I'm taking this for what it's worth. I'll be renting a vehicle to drive down to California if I need something bigger than my MINI for the trip! My Ford Escape is just too old for the trip now and I'm choosing to heed the early warning.
What do YOU wish came with an early warning system? Have you ever failed to heed an early warning? What happened?