Our three and-a-half year experiment in air-cooled VW-only ownership came to an end this week when we drove our generous neighbors' Eurovan to Helena to pick up our new-to-us car*, the yet-to-be officially named 2003 Subaru Baja pictured below.
it has a flat-four; that counts for something, right?
Continuing problems (some my fault, some not my fault) with Gertie and Ludwig and the absence of time, a heated garage, and, yes, motivation were the primary reasons for making this move; I should emphasize quite clearly for the record that spousal intimidation had nothing to do with it.
This homely graph lays out our experience in depending on two early-1970s cars for transportation over the last 42 months.
I hope the more hardcore element of this blog's readership--the element, if there is one, who drive all and only ACVWs--forgives us this offense. For my part, to feel like somewhat less of a failure** I remind myself that trapeze without a net was an act thrust upon us to some extent and that, in the end, lessons have been learned. Older and wiser, I guess.
And don't worry, we're keeping G & L.
*or truck, or whatever you call this kind of hermaphrodite
**not fishing for pity, just stating the facts