See this thing?
It hates me. Hates me with the fire of a thousand suns. Hell, in this picture it's even scowling at me.
wonderful gift from my sister, who was getting something newer, we got
the Cad just before we moved. When it was my sister's it was a lovely,
perfectly running machine that purred along in typical Cad style for
many years. She pampered it and took great care of it so it lasted.
coming to live with us it has endured a *slight* fall down the social
ladder and several less-than-elegant projects. Moving, for one
thing--and that meant the Cad got to haul all manner of things, right
down to junk from the garage. In the trunk, the back seat, you name it.
It also got to transport bags of feed and some of our animals. It has
flown up and down highway 395 so much in the last 2 months that we've
worn a groove in the roadway between here and our old place. Climbing
mountains is especially hard on the old girl, and she does NOT like
doing it at all.
She endured it as long as she could, then she decided to fight back. First on the list
was multiple organ failure--but in odd ways. The heater doesn't work.
In winter, tra la la. The speedometer suddenly started to either
rapidly flip back and forth between 20 and 70 while you drive or just
stick at 45. The hood won't stay up on it's own and the trunk light
burnt out. The trip odometer ignores requests to reset.
Then she upped the ante.
driver's side electric window will only go up and down at a snail's
pace--and an old, slow snail at that. Two of the window buttons on the
driver's side have come off completely and got stuck in the glove box
until we can have them repaired so they STAY. Both back window buttons
have failed and the things can only be rolled down from the driver's
seat. The lock on the driver's side door whimsically only unlocks with
the key when IT wants to, which is 'seldom'. The front passenger side
window failed completely in the 'down' position--one day before a
snowstorm--and J. had to dissect the door to get to the switch and get
it to roll up again. Since then it fell down about 3 inches and the
open window is now stuffed with newspaper until the weather clears and
J. can take the door apart again to fix it, again. To add insult to injury, the other day we had to drive it somewhere and some teens in another car were laughing and taking pictures of this ridiculous temporary fix. I really couldn't blame them, we grimaced and posed in chagrin.
time we figure a work-around for the latest auto tantrum, she pops off
with a new one. The other day the kid complained that the passenger
side back door was refusing to open. I tested it and she's right. The
passenger side sun visor suddenly landed in my lap the other day. I
stuck it back on but I could see it was only temporary. The map lights
on the ceiling like to suddenly come on--whether the car is on or not--
and remain on until you thump them enough times to beat them into
Mechanically though, it runs great. It's just kinda slowly dissolving.
I just hope it lasts long enough to get us settled in our new home,
when we'll have the time to take it in and get all these little weird