Well as it turns out, the eulogy for my beloved 2006 Matrix was a bit premature.
For those of you who did not read my post from yesterday – a quick recap. I had brought my Matrix in for inspection last Friday. What I thought was going to be a relatively minor set of repairs, turned out to be quite the opposite. The car needed a new engine, and along with the other repairs, was going to cost about $4,000. I had bought the car in 2014 for $6,000 and at that time it had 130,000 miles on it. It now has 220,000 miles. My first thought, after realizing how much I was going to miss the car, was that it wasn’t worth fixing.
After spending a good deal of last night and most of this morning searching for a car to replace it, we decided that since the replacement engine “only” had 125,000 miles on it (less than the car/engine I had bought six years ago) and that it came with a one-year warranty it seemed, there was a good chance I was going to get a few more years out of it. And when comparing the $4,000 repair to the $15,000 price I was looking at to buy a used car, the repair cost didn’t seem too bad.
While talking about my options with the service manager (again, a plug for the wonderful Ardmore Toyota), he referred to Matrix owners as a “quirky” group of individuals who just really love their car. Given that I recently wrote a post about the word “quirky”, it seemed like it was meant to be that I should keep the Matrix for a few more years.
Once we made the decision, a sense of relief washed over me, making it feel like it was the right thing to do.
So now the 300,000-mile goal is back on the table.
As to what to do with the $11,000 I just saved?
I’ll have to think of something quirky…
P.S. One of the best things to come out of this process was finding out that when it is time to buy a new car, I know just the guy to help me – Pete Springer.