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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 2:59 AM

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Short story:

1999 Green 4-dr Ford explorer for sale. It was running the last time I used it about a year ago. I haven't started it since. I bought a different car, so this one has been sitting in my driveway. It had developed an oil leak, so I parked it rather than run it and risk blowing up the engine.

Mechanic special. Make me an offer.




Long story:

Once upon a time I bought a 3 year old Ford Explorer, and it was the first car I ever made payments on. I drove it for 13+ years. Over the years, I had regular oil changes, rotated tires, replaced tires, had the transmission rebuilt, and some other miscellaneous repairs. And when I needed to move from one place to another, I loaded up the trunk to its gargantuan capacity, then lowered the back seat so I could fit even more. I took her to the beach more times than I can remember. The air always blew cold, and except for when a part would fail here or there, she was my "old faithful." Always ready to get me from point A to point B.

And after I graduated college, then got through graduate school, I told myself I would get a new car -- because I deserved to upgrade. The problem was, I could just never bring myself to do it, because "why fix what ain't broken?" Why take on a car note? Besides, this Explorer has been like a friend to me. She'd been there as I grew up, made new friends, moved from one state to another. So, a few years into my new career, I was still driving the car that I'd depended on in college and graduate school. I just couldn't let her go.

And then she sprang a leak....an oil leak. So, I took that as a sign. It was time for me to finally get a new car, and I did. But, I just couldn't let go of my old friend. I parked her in the driveway about a year ago, and haven't started her since. (I read that starting a car that's had an oil leak could cause the engine to blow up.) My intention was always to fix the leak, and get her back on the road. I'd take her out to the beach, or use her when I bought something too big to fit in the trunk of my new car.




I imagine this car has a second life yet. It would be good for someone who knows how to work on cars. It was always reliable before I parked it. I haven't turned it on, or even tried to, in about a year....so I'm guessing the battery is dead, but I haven't tried.

Make me an offer. I'm hoping she goes to a good home. :)

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