Oh Jeep, why must you do this to me?


I have a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It has been a great vehicle. I bought it my junior year of college, and I prayed in it the first time I drove it. I asked the Lord to allow this car to make it through college without any major problems. It was the first car that I bought. Not my parents, Not anyone else...Me. I was scared it would be a lemon. It already had 92,000 miles on it. It has been anything but a lemon. My loan was a 3 year loan. I paid it off in 2 and a half(Dave Ramsey would be proud of me). I've maybe put $1000 of repairs into the car, maybe...and its been like 4 or 5 years. Its just been a great car and I've driven it a ton. Plus, it has been nice not having a single car payment for over 2 years..and my wifes car is paid off as well. I'm proud of that to be honest with you.

Well, over the last few months I've been smelling a sweet, syrup like smell. We all know it as Antifreeze. Its actually a quite pleasant smell, but not very good to breathe in. My heater core must be leaking. I call the repair shop, one of the few honest repair guys around town that my family uses...and they said it would be $725 plus tax, and plus any fluids they need to replace. Ouch. This is one of those jobs thats good to take it to a shop. And the reason is because its so labor intensive. To replace the heater core, one must remove the entire dash in the car to get to it. Crazy. That kind of money is a lot of money. Maybe not to some people, but to me it is. However, if you think about it...its really about two months of car payments worth of repairs. So I guess I'll get it fixed, and just be thankful it wasnt something that effects the actual running of the car. Hopefully the Jeep can continue on its path of minimal repairs..I hope this isnt the beginning of a landslide.

ahhh, to be free of car payments is a beautiful thing.

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Both Dave Ramsey AND me would be proud of you. Ah, such wisdom at only age 24... Seriously, you are right on both counts: the Jeep has been a good investment, and two car payments for repair is a lot better than 36 payments for something newer. Keep on truckin.