October 20th, 2004

1991 Buick Deathtrap

When I came home from work yesterday, my 1991 Buick Deathtrap was gone. Perhaps with the proceeds of the car donation, WDET can buy each of their DJs a gumball.

The night before I went out to the parking lot to take the remaining change from the coin holder and to take off the license plate. I decided to start the car up and sit in it for a minute listening to the radio. Some blues song was playing. Man, there's a lot of room in that car. I can really stretch my legs and get comfortable in a car like that. I let it run for 3 or 4 minutes, and then I, out of instinct, hit the brakes as I went to turn the ignition key to the off position.

The car stalled.

A car should not stall when you hit the brake pedal. And so after 5 years and 6 months, I said goodbye and good-riddance. Steve C.'s advice, as relayed by flastron, is that if a car ever leaves you stranded, even once, you should get rid of it. If I had followed that advice, I would have had it less than a year.

How many times was I stranded? How many times did flastron, chassy, and beninem come to my rescue?

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