Sunday, October 30, 2011

Oh the van joy... Rant and ramblings included

On Oct 9, 2010, I purchased a 2005 Mazda MPV. Only 38,000 miles, decent condition, smaller than my Sedona, but priced where we needed it to be...
Until these blog posts had to occur:
What a week already 10/27/10, ugh, my van 11/22/10, Good is Good, I am an idiot 2/10/11

So last week, we're driving along, doing the things we do everyday until...
clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk, clunk.
OH NO !!! (no, those were not the words used, but this is a family blog)
If I accelerated more than 38 MPH, this noise would happen until about 50, then it quieted a little. It also occurred 10 MPH or below. So as soon as I got home, I called the Dealership and arranged to have it looked at the next morning.
After 2 hours of no word, they said, maybe an axle, but they needed to take apart the front end (gulp).
I received a rental/loaner for the day.
That evening, I got the call. I needed an axle ($400), sway bar links ($250), and oil was leaking [which we knew] from 2 different valves in the engine ($1100) [which we did not know].

Hubby was none too pleased.  I couldn't blame him. I was beyond peeved! What a lemon I bought :(
We agreed that we needed to fix the axle and this would make the van safe for me to drive. The other items we would live with until after the new year and then trade in the MPV.

Nope, Friday while at work, hubby started sending me links to vans, SUVs, and wagons. He was not willing to dump any more money into this thing.

On Saturday Morning, I cleaned up the MPV because hubby wanted to look around. We grabbed our pre-approval forms from our bank, grabbed snacks, drinks, and ipods and headed out.

And so let me introduce you to the newest addition to our family. This is our 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with 30,000 miles. Some nice older couple decided they didn't need a mini-van since moving away from their grand-kids. It has Stow N' Go and Automatic sliding doors [which the boys are in love with].

I am hoping and praying this van lasts longer than 1 year.

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