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Today I Said Goodbye...

By: DeanK
10/30/2019 8:50 PM

Don't worry - no people or pets have passed. Today I said goodbye to my 2010 Escape. Yes, I shed tears over a vehicle. Bought it in 2012. It took us on our second family vacation to OBX Motorlodge. What a sight that was!! fishing poles, pool noodles - all stuffed inside with 4 people. Bike rack on the back. So many BMX races... in 5 different states. Both of our kids learned to drive in it. Sad day. You see, over the weekend my son was home from Alabama. Had an interview downtown Indy. Had a great set of interviews. But afterwards, he had a wreck at an intersection downtown. Everyone was fine. No injuries... except for one very unlucky parking meter. I figured it was a loss when I saw the damage - but today it was finalized. I cleaned her out at the body shop. State Farm will pick her up tomorrow. I'm glad I won't be there... I'd probably weep.

Many busted knuckles and bloody fingers were spent on that car. Brake jobs, leaky valve cover gaskets, throttle body replaced... good times - such very good times. Just me, her, and some tunes. I'll miss her, my little Escape.

Thanks for letting me talk. It feels good to tell you all about her. Let's me process things. I think I'll have a glass of wine now.

BTW - if you know of a good 2010 - 2012 Ford Escape for sale... let me know.

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By: J4yDubs
10/30/2019 9:57 PM

Sorry for your loss... Broken heart The vehicle may be gone, but the memories will always be there.

I was sad/depressed when I traded away my Durango. She was a great truck that did everything I asked her to do. Snow, sand, mud, water, even...gulp...malls. I bought it just before my daughter was born because I knew I'd need the space and wanted the 3rd row seating. I wasn't doing the mini van thing. I had a connection to that truck...

John

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By: Aliphatic
10/31/2019 5:50 AM

Three weeks ago I traded in my 2006 Mazda 3 for a 2016 Mazda CX-5.

I got that Mazda 3 in 2008 with ~20,000 miles on it. I drove that car for 11 years and put 195,000 miles on her. She only let me down once in 11 years when the alternator died in a sheetz parking lot.

Other than that, that car always got me safely where I needed to go and never let me down.

That was 11 years of birthdays, thanksgivings, christmases, road trips, you name it.

PA winters were not kind to her and eventually the rust got so bad that she wouldn’t pass inspection this year and I had no choice.

I did her oil changes myself, pads and rotors myself, batteries, you name it. I loved that car like a family member.

Mechanically she was fine. But the body rot was just too severe.

I know the dealer will sell her as scrap and it broke my heart. I was in tears on the way down to trade her in.

Zoom zoom was a great car and she deserved better than scrap. I patted her on the hood and told her I loved her and that she was a good car and was better than I deserved before I let her go.

I get it man, I really do.

Sorry for your loss :(

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By: vanative
10/31/2019 6:05 AM

Absolutely get it. I finally decide to trade my 2000 X-terra in, about six weeks ago. I bought it in 2003. It never really let me down. But this year it was in the shop more than all the other years combined. I heard that Nissan was going to start producing it again. But found out IF they did it would only be for the China/Japan market (big sigh here). So, I have a new crew cab Frontier. I am slowly getting use to it, and my heart still questions getting rid of it, every time a see an X-terra, even though my brain knows it was the right decision. Lift one Beer for the ol girl. I think I will always miss her. Spent a lot of beach time with the kids in it up where the wild ponies roam. Rainbow

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By: DeanK
10/31/2019 8:55 AM

Thanks y’all. Nice to know I’m not alone.

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By: PaulOinMA
10/31/2019 9:04 AM

Glad nobody was hurt.

My wife has a 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid Limited in great shape. She wants to hold onto it a bit longer.

My wife said the CEL was on. Pulled code P0442: EVAP System Leak (small leak). Cleaned and lubricated the fuel filler cap: Click to follow link...

O.k., for a while, then threw code P0456: EVAP System Leak (small leak). Replaced vapor canister purge valve: Click to follow link...

All good!

If you have a Ford, his site is excellent and will save a lot of money: Click to follow link...

I still miss several old cars. We do get attached to cars. smiley

My second car: parents hand-me-down 1972 Plymouth Valiant Scamp with the 225 Slant 6. Got me working on cars as a grad student without much money. Had to work on cars.

My first car was a 1974 Ford Pinto for college. Hard to get too attached to a Pinto. smiley

First new car: 1983 VW Rabbit L. 4 speed. Little 1.7-L engine. 65 h.p.

Loved my tornado red 1987 VW GTI 16v that I had over 9 years and 175,000 miles. A whole 123 h.p. Almost double the Rabbit!

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By: Md.Chas
10/31/2019 1:14 PM


My 1st car was a 72 Valiant, Hawaiian Blue, 4 door with a 318 in it.

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By: PaulOinMA
10/31/2019 3:49 PM

My '72 Scamp was the typical brown, tan vinyl roof, and black vinyl interior.

Dad had the 318 in his '77 Chrysler LeBaron. Charcoal gray (very deep gray, pretty much black). Padded vinyl roof. Red velour interior … like driving a couch. Theeth smiley

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By: Mstaszew
10/31/2019 4:31 PM

I was pretty attached to my 2002 F-150. It was my first new car and the first car I purchased on my own the week I graduated from college. Most importantly, it was many years of no car payment when we had to part ways which was the saddest part.

My first vehicle was a hand me down 1986 Nissan Hardbody pickup. For what it was it was an excellent truck that just would not die. Numerous missed oil changes, the belt was always screeching which I could eliminate by popping the clutch, and despite being a 4-cylinder it would squeal a tire if you rev'd it high enough and then released the clutch. That truck saw abuse like you'd not believe and just kept rolling along. It was eventually gifted to my sister's boyfriend who had no car and was living in my parent's home for a bit just to get him out.

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By: raleightohatteras
10/31/2019 6:28 PM

I had a Mazda 6 Wagon, god, I loved that car!! It had over 100,000 miles on it and was falling apart so we donated it and purchased a CX5. We are a Mazda family, husband, myself, and son all have them. The daughter traded in her Mazda 3 on a Jeep Patriot with crank windows, I'm sure she regrets that now.

But I feel your pain, it is hard to say goodbye to something that has been in your family for any period of time. When I say goodbye to a car or even an appliance, I thank them for their service and give them a hug. Red heart

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By: DeanK
10/31/2019 9:13 PM


If you have a Ford, his site is excellent and will save a lot of money: Click to follow link...

PaulOinMA


I LOVE Ford Tech Makuloco! His videos have literally saved me Thousands of $$$ Literally. The blend door actuator on the passenger side in my F150 (the one in my profile picture) went out. His video shows exactly how to replace it. Removed the console, removed the panels, all of the radio and touch screen stuff... an hour and a half later everything was put back and working. About a $1500 repair at a dealer. I paid $26 for the part. Everything I do on either of vehicles, I watch his video first. He's got everything. Shows if there are special torque patterns, gives the torque specs... sometimes I just watch his videos to watch them. The best "how to" videos ever. Because of Makuloco my Escape was going strong at 147,000 miles and my F150 is even stronger at 145,000 miles. Still drive her the 16 hours to OBX!! She loves her beach time as much as I do!

It seems getting another '10-'12 Escape is going to be rough. I was told that most anytime one comes in with low miles, it sells in a day. I called today about one that didn't even have photos posted yet. It had sold 2 hours before I called. I'm trying to get one from a Ford dealer so I can buy a Ford used car warranty. I had great luck with that warranty on my F150. Got 3 drive motors and a steering position sensor from it.

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By: exvile
11/2/2019 2:38 PM

I had a Mazda 6 Wagon, god, I loved that car!! It had over 100,000 miles on it and was falling apart so we donated it and purchased a CX5. We are a Mazda family, husband, myself, and son all have them. The daughter traded in her Mazda 3 on a Jeep Patriot with crank windows, I'm sure she regrets that now.
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raleightohatteras


No doubt she regrets that! They sell the 6 wagon overseas and it's a pretty sharp looking car. I'm also a loyal Mazda owner. Put nearly 200,000 miles on my last 6, with no major issues in that time. Upgraded to a newer 6 last February, and it now has 75,000 miles on it, and is still like new. I should easily get 200,000 out of this too. For me, it's tough to beat - great gas mileage, reliable, and it's just plain sexy. Already looking forward to the next one in a few years.

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By: raleightohatteras
11/4/2019 5:21 PM

I had a Mazda 6 Wagon, god, I loved that car!! It had over 100,000 miles on it and was falling apart so we donated it and purchased a CX5. We are a Mazda family, husband, myself, and son all have them. The daughter traded in her Mazda 3 on a Jeep Patriot with crank windows, I'm sure she regrets that now.
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raleightohatteras


No doubt she regrets that! They sell the 6 wagon overseas and it's a pretty sharp looking car. I'm also a loyal Mazda owner. Put nearly 200,000 miles on my last 6, with no major issues in that time. Upgraded to a newer 6 last February, and it now has 75,000 miles on it, and is still like new. I should easily get 200,000 out of this too. For me, it's tough to beat - great gas mileage, reliable, and it's just plain sexy. Already looking forward to the next one in a few years.

exvile


I still have hope that Mazda will see the error of their ways and start to sell the M6 wagon in the US/Canada again. I agree the whole Mazda package of looks, mileage, engine response, reliability, and price are hard to beat. Need to start thinking about the next Mazda to buy Theeth smiley

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By: DeanK
11/14/2019 10:21 PM

Ok... Update! Ya'll won't believe this. Well, you probably will... but it's still pretty cool.

So for days I scoured the intrawebs. I reached out to every dealer that posted a 2010-2012 Escape with under 90K miles. Spent a few days taking test drives, sitting at desks while "let me run this past my manager" guy pretended to be in sales. I exhausted my local search and surrounding area. Time to increase my radius so I started hitting up dealers with postings between 70 and 100 miles away. This included such exotic locations as Fort Wayne, Louisville, and Cincinnati. During the second phase, I found what appeared to be a particularly nice vehicle in a small town about an hour outside of Indy in Covington, IN. As I read over the carfax report, I thought 'there's no way this can be real'. I sent a message to the dealer that evening, getting the usual robot email in return. Next day, I called the Ford dealer. What unfolded before me... well, it was once in a lifetime.

The car was a 2011 Escape. This Escape had been purchased by a retired school teacher in Covington, IN. She didn't get around very well. Kept the car in the garage when not making her grocery runs. The vehicle had every oil change, every service, and every repair completed at the same dealership she bought it at in Covington, IN. There were some years where the car was driven a mere 3,000 miles. In the whole year. Total. In all, it had gathered a whopping 59,521 miles since it's purchase in October of 2010. Oh... it was for sale at the same dealership it was purchased at in Covington, IN. The retired school teacher traded it in for a 2020 Escape. The car is perfect. It's like a time machine. I think it's actually in better condition than our original Escape when we purchased it in 2012. It's a carbon copy, also. Same color. No sunroof - but that's minor. The tires had some cracking - they put new tires on it, aligned it, and gave me a lifetime powertrain warranty (they do that with all of their lower mileage used cars). To say the least, I'm very pleased.

It's pretty much like driving the same car.



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