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Saturday, August 29, 2009


Not quite an A-body...

Got a new car today to replace the Civic, which I'll be putting up for sale as soon as I replace a couple parts. The specs are quite similar to an early Valiant like the one Greg linked to, but not quite. It's a rear wheel drive convertible, has a 106.3" wheelbase, and it's powered by a 2.8 liter slant six. But it's not a Mopar - it's a '97 BMW 328ic. Happened to find one in really nice shape for a 12 year old car.

Sometimes I have to wonder - if Chrysler had kept the A-bodies in production, would they have evolved into something like a competitor to the 3-series?


Tuesday, August 25, 2009


It seems the universe does not want me to own a Honda.

One of the reasons I haven't updated this blog in a while is trouble the Civic's been causing me. A couple weeks ago, it was a broken crankshaft pulley that made me worried I'd lost the crank too. Yesterday, the Civic got stuck in the middle of a five car pileup.

Luckily, I'm mostly unhurt, the car still runs, and the guy who caused the accident appears to have enough insurance to cover everything. The body shop estimates it's $1,700 to fix the damage if they do the work. Most of the problem seems to be confined to the front and rear bumpers, but the driver's seat is bent as well. I think I'm going to get rid of the Civic for something else... some kind of car that isn't carrying around a trouble magnet in the trunk.


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