Friday, October 19, 2007

Possibility of a New Van?

Becky has been gradually losing interest in our wonderfully sturdy (but very quirky) 1997 Chrysler Town & Country. Beside the fact that it's filled with ten years of Cheerios and Oreo cookie crumbs, and that one door is pretty hard to open, and that the wipers come on randomly whenever they wish--beside all that--the van is in pretty good shape. It has over 160,000 miles on it, but the transmission was new at 100,000, and the engine is otherwise in good shape. (Knock on wood.)

Even still, it's old, and Becky's been hinting at wanting a new van. Actually, she wants a "cross-over", since I guess vans are losing vogue.

Last night, as she walked in from choir practice, I was on the computer.

As she walked in, I called out to her, "Hey, hon, I found a great new van for you! It gets 30 mpg, is only $8,000, is in great condition, and only has 30,000 miles on it."

She got all excited. Then I showed it to her.


At this point, she laughed (always being the good sport), and she reminded me of Tom and Ray's "Car Talk" line about these old VW vans:

"In a head-on collision, the only thing protecting the engine is your legs."

Man, but it is a beautiful van, though. And in perfect condition. It even has a souped-up sound system and in-console GPS. And Eddie would be jazzed about the sink with running water. I could just see us going down the Interstate.

"Hey, Dad. I need another drink of water!"

Then, later, "Hey, Dad. Where's the toilet?"

Check it out on ebay.

Oh, and if you buy it, can I go camping with you?


Leslie said...

I love this van--Little Ms. Sunshine-esque. We actually talked about taking one of our cargo vans and turning it into some kind of camper van. But, they're both gone now, and that dream is dead. Would Becky consider a newer EuroVan? I, too, like the crossover idea as well, but you might have to cut waaayyy back on the amount of camping gear you could haul. There's nothing like a minivan for hauling the kids and the gear, says the woman who inherited an SUV. Ask Becky if we can pick out her new vehicle by committee.

Mom said...

I love that van! We looked at them when we lived in Germany, but couldn't afford to buy one back then! We continued to camp using our 1976 Toyota Celica Sports Coupe as our "camping car, fully loaded with kids & camping gear, pulling a travel trailer!

Adolfo said...

Wow! I do love the 2008 Veracruz! VERACRUZ?! I am with Becky, Vans are the 90's- I do like the cross-over from Hyundai. The price is amazing! It is worthy. Cars are disposable after all...My favorite of this type is the Nissan Murano, but it sells for the ridiculous amount of 50,000!-aprox. The Veracruz looks very similar & Hyundai is a good brand- smart buy. It sounds like you guys need a new one NOW. it is a good time to sell it if the one that you have is working properly... Again my vote is for the Veracruz one :-)

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