Sunday, July 02, 2006

The 'Rolla Takes a Turn

My 1988 Toyota Corolla AE82 has taken a turn in recent weeks - the head gasket has blown. My long serving (greater than 90000 km, almost six years) companion is in trouble. I am faced with a tough decision:

Cost to repair the blown head gasket ~ $500
Value of the Corolla at the wrecking yard ~ $50

She is booked in to have her operation on Tuesday, but I am taking the weekend to deliberate over the decision. I find it tough not to be sentimental about vehicles, and I have made a real effort to be rational about my decision.

Here are a couple of my other vehicles that departed before their time.

1981 ZJ Ford Fairlane:

1970 LC Holden Torana:

Also there is the case of my 1983 GB Ford Meteor which I bought and sold in 2000 after it blew its head gasket. I sometimes wonder if I should have just fixed it and hung on to the car... A pertinent consideration for my current situation?


McMaster said...

That is tragic Pinko, what a calamity!!
Anyway dont know what your final decision has been but i just got the brumby serviced (major, 150 000) and it cost $640 so all in all $500 isnt to bad unless more probs are going to keep occuring and also is the next vehicle going to be any better and will it have the stories?
Anyway getting prep'd for this weekend, even had a quiet weekend, still got home at 5am but the beers at Star City made shortwork of my money ($7 bottle new) and cos England lost the night was quiet as out with a bunch of poms, so are we testing home brews at yours or going to the pub on thurs??.

Alcifer said...

I have been taking it pretty easy too Mix'. Having a few quiet homies on Thursday sounds good.