I HATE CARS!
2 weeks ago my BMW shredded a serpentine belt, that belt snapped around under my hood and wrapped up against the spindle of a drive pulley whipping it around under my hood like a samurai slashing hoses and other components. My coolant expansion tank was shattered, coolant lines cut and even parts of the fan and radiator took damage. The car quickly over heated but thankfully I had just pulled into my subdivision and was able to limp it home. I had to rent a car for 3 days while my emergency parts arrived in the mail.
Last week I took my family on a week long vacation; a tour around Michigan with 3 primary destinations in mind. We took my wife's newer Subaru because it offers more space than my newly repaired BMW. 200+ miles into our drive and in the middle of nowhere (imagine the banjo scene from Deliverance) the Subaru made this horrible racket and every light and buzzer went off then the car seized and we were forced to pull to the side of the road. Easily 30 minutes drive from civilization, or several hours of walking in 90+ degree weather I was forced to call for a tow truck knowing it was going to cost a mint. With dwindling light I found that the coolant and oil had both been purged from the system, no idea why... it had been checked before we left the house. While waiting an hour for a tow I went over a game plan with my family, gave one firearm to my wife, and kept the large caliber firearm with myself we were preparing for the worst because we had to be split up as they could not fit the 4 of us in one tow vehicle. My backpack had my medical pouch and some provisions, we each had firearms but in separate vehicles. All went well and the tow truck drivers, while entertaining were as nice as can be.
With the Subaru now stranded 4 hours from my house we went over the rest of our vacation, cancelled the hotel stays we could but rented a car for the ones we couldn't hoping to minimize our loses.
Now 5 days later the Subaru still sits in a repair shop with no expected completion date because their repair technicians are both hospitalized, one with a stomach flu the other with welding flash (I think that's what it's called). Today we determine if we give up on the nice local repair shop and take it to a dealer.
Last night while driving home from work my BMW fails me again. I believe it to be a broken U-Joint in an output shaft that I don't have the tools to repair.... down again to ZERO working cars in our family.
This past week we have the cost of 2 rental cars for a week, 2 hotel rooms we never got a chance to use, towing all over Michigan and the repairs on both vehicles.... If I had to put a dollar value on this past week it would be close to $6,000.00.
And I still need to buy ammo for a fun filled shooting weekend with a relative from Germany who has never shot and put aside 2 days of his month long vacation just to go shooting.
Edited by DStevenson, 28 July 2016 - 05:53 AM.