>I can’t fucking believe this! My car won’t start. Two weeks ago (literally to the day), my car was overheating due to a bad water pump. Now, the car just won’t start. The electrical stuff works. My headlights turn on, the radio turns on, the air conditioner turns on, but not the damn ENGINE! I turn the key and it just makes this scary ticking noise like a toy machine gun going off. All the lights come on on the dashboard, so I have no idea what is causing the problem.
Since I moved to Sacramento, I’ve had more car problems in the past three months than I’ve had in the past three years. I drive less, but my car is in the shop more.
I had a little red Ford Festiva in high school. It had a manual transmission, no air conditioning and an AM radio. It was the best car I’ve ever had. The thing got like 50 miles to the gallon on gasoline. It never broke down when I drove it. It looked like shit, but it never let me down.
I guess this is what I get for choosing a car based on looks and not reliability. But, to be honest, I didn’t know Volkswagens were such a pain in the ass. Next time I buy a car, I’m going to buy the cheapest American piece of shit I can find. No more cool foreign cars for me.
Actually, I would really like to own one of those old Mustangs, like a ’65-’68. I want something simple, classic, and RELIABLE. I’ve always liked old cars. The problem is that I don’t know a mechanic I can trust to fix it. I’m beginning to think the dealerships are a little sketchy, too. I feel this way because I just don’t understand much about the functions of an engine or the other systems in a car.
I think they should make auto shop a requisite for high school graduation, instead of P.E. Everyone should be taught the basics of car maintenance. I also think home economics should be required. They should teach things like how to balance a check book, basic cooking techniques, etc. These are all things that our parents may not know how to do correctly. Screw calculus and physics. Learning how to sew on a button and change the oil in a car is way more important.
Since I won’t be driving anywhere for a while, I guess I’ll go have a drink or two.