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When is it time to move on?
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Posted by Nate (more from Nate) on Sun, 3 May 2020 21:07:07 Share Post by Email
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I hate to even think about this, but I can't be the only person who has noticed the 0% financing for 72 months that Volkswagen is offering right now. My 2005 9-5 Aero has about 166,000 miles on it and is basically running fine. But it has rust in the doglegs, probably needs the head studs retorqued or replaced since the passenger side rear of the engine has been wet for a long time, and might have a very slow coolant leak. During the last 9 years I've replaced suspension, wheel bearings, brakes, fuel pump, water pump, valve cover gasket, high pressure power steering line, subframe bushings, CPS. You know the usual suspects. Recently the throttle body went in to limp home mode, and every so often I get the dings and warning lights for a possible ABS issue. I currently have a used throttle body and ABS module just in case. Eventually I'm sure it'll need a new clutch. My point is, I know these cars can go for many, many miles, but at what point is it ok to move on? I still enjoy driving the car, it still gets about 33mpg on the highway, still puts a smile on my face whenever I have to pass someone, and I still turn my head to look at it when I walk away from it. That might sound corny to most people, but most people don't drive these cars or appreciate them for what they are. Heck, it's rare I see another 9-5 in the Twin Cities. And it's challenging to find another car with the features my Aero has, let alone one that is actually engaging to drive and isn't just another appliance.

But then reality sets in. Cars don't last forever. I'm on my own now with two kids, and I need to be able to pick them up on my days and get them to school and whatnot. The simplest repair has the potential to go haywire and create a logistical nightmare for me. A car with a warranty sounds appealing, and a 6 speed manual Alltrack S would look pretty good in my garage. I suppose I could buy new and still keep the Saab until something catastrophic happens. I guess I'm not really sure what the point is of this rambling. Maybe I just want to see if anyone else has been thinking the same, or if I'm crazy for even thinking about moving on to something else.

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