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Old 02-10-2013, 12:33 PM   #16
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My husband got emotional when we traded his Jeep Wrangler in for a Jeep Compass. We had to get rid of the Wrangler as it would no longer pass inspection. He insisted that the new jeep would be referred to as "The Compass" because "The Jeep" would always be his Wrangler.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:26 PM   #17
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My wife and kids cried when we traded in our 15 year old Mercury Lynx purchased new.. It needed $4,000 worth of work, and had 130,000 miles on it. We were able to get a 7 year old used Dodge Spirit with 31,000 miles on it for $5,000 incluidng the extended warranty.
Funny, 2 years later they didn't cry when we had the money to buy a new car and trade in the Dodge on a brand new Mercury Mountaineer.
13 years later, I know if I ever try to trade in the Mountaineer, there will be tears. We have Explorers at work (the Mountaineer if Mercury's version of the Explorer) and they go 300,000 miles no problem. The Mercury only has 97,000 miles on it, so I suspect it will be at least another 25 years before the issue comes up.

The lesson I learned is, my wife places GREAT value on buying a car new, and being the only person to own it. She would have much rather I spent the $4,000 on the 83 Lynx, than purchasing a used car.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:42 PM   #18
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My very first car was a 1970 mustang. My dad and I refurbished this car together. I was a 17 year old girl putting on body putty and sanding! It took us about nine months to get it road ready. My dad even had a paint booth he built near our garage. All five of us kids rebuilt a Mustang with him. Anyhow, after a few years the brakes had problems and we just couldn't get it fixed to my dad's satisfaction. Being his little girl he made me sell it.

I have pictures of that car that I love to look through. Great memories of the car and time spent with my dad!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:05 PM   #19
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When DH and I first married, he had a 1970 Mach 1 Mustang in bright yellow that he was trying to restore. That thing had floor boards so rusty, he could put his foot through them, but he loved that car. He cried "man tears" when we had to sell it, but at that time, we needed every penny, and he was never going have time nor money to fix it up, at least as far as we could tell 20+ years ago! I didn't understand how anyone would miss a car so much, until years late, as I cried when we sold Big Green Girl, my minivan!

DH and I purchased our 1998 AWD GMC Safari new. It was our first major purchase as a married couple, and with two young DDs that would irritate each other in the car by holding fingers inches away from faces (you all know what I mean, right? ), all that space was needed!

I loved that van! It was a deep green, gold accents, the AWD was wonderful in snow, I sat nice and high off the road and finally short little me was able to see around vehicles, plus all the space and fancy bells and whistles just made us all happy. I also believe it was supercharged, because I was able to make that van go off the line from a full stop! Or everyone else was just slower with their reaction times, but whatever!

That van was there when incomes rose and we started taking family road-trips all over, it took us to wonderful vacation spots, and in that van my girls learned to amuse themselves and eventually enjoy being together. We logged so many hours and miles in that van, it saw my little family through 10 years of growing children, picnics with the dog and kids, my eldest learned to drive in that van, it took my dying dog for her last trip, oh that van had so many memories associated with it. I loved that van so much, inanimate or not!

Unfortunately, at about 4 years old, things started breaking, the electrical system had recurring glitches, and every year we were putting $4,000 or more in repairs into that vehicle. Finally, after year ten of my Safari, DH said it had to go, and we bought my present Toyota AWD Hybrid Highlander (it was a compromise, I wanted another big vehicle, DH wanted something that got more than 10 mpg!). I don't love my Highlander, it is a good car, but I don't love it.

We sold our van to a guy that had two big dogs and an even older Safari, so he was aware of the problems, but this didn't matter. He just wanted a vehicle to get the dogs places, and if it got dirty, he didn't care.

I cried when he drove off with my baby. My eldest DD cried, too! The youngest is too cool cry, instead she ran inside and hugged her cat. Only DH was glad to see it go, since he no longer had to repair it!

And DH, in case anyone is still feeling sorry for him, is now almost done restoring a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, so he is even happier than before. I might be happy if I ever get another big behemoth to love and go places in!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:10 PM   #20
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I finally bought my dream car last year. A 2012 Mustang. I loved that car more than I want to admit. An elderly man hit me head-on a few weeks ago and totaled my car. I am heart broken. I can't tell anyone in my real life about how heartbroken I am because everytime I mention it, I am reminded how much worse it could have been. In my head I know that is true, but I am just heartbroken at the loss of my car. I didn't even get to drive it for a year and I had waited over 35 years for a new mustang!!!

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Old 02-10-2013, 02:40 PM   #21
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I finally bought my dream car last year. A 2012 Mustang. I loved that car more than I want to admit. An elderly man hit me head-on a few weeks ago and totaled my car. I am heart broken. I can't tell anyone in my real life about how heartbroken I am because everytime I mention it, I am reminded how much worse it could have been. In my head I know that is true, but I am just heartbroken at the loss of my car. I didn't even get to drive it for a year and I had waited over 35 years for a new mustang!!!
My daughter had something similar happen a couple of years ago. She had only had her car for 3 months. She wound up buying the exact same car. Many people have no idea she ever had a wreck. LOL!

OP, I definitely don't think you're the only one!
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:41 PM   #22
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Not crazy at all! I've been attached to each car I've ever owned, some more than others, but always sad when they go. Probably the hardest two were the last ones to go. The 96 Dodge Ram was purchased when my dd was about 18 months old and was the first brand new vehicle dh and I had ever owned. It was supposed to be dh's vehicle, but he told me I could drive it when we first got it. He figured the thrill would wear off and he would get it back. He gambled wrong. I loved that truck and I loved driving it. I drove it for the next four years until ds came along and we got a minivan. We had Ol Black until 2009 when we sold it to a family member. We had visitation with it so it was not so bad. My dd was so sad when we sold the truck and always yelled at her cousin for trashing "her baby". It was a very sad day in this house when the cousin junked Ol Black.

The other vehicle that was hard to let go was my 96 Grand Caravan. We bought it used when ds was a baby because it was such a bear putting the infant carrier in Ol Black. The kids and I put many, many miles on that van and had a lot of adventures over the years. So many fun days were tied up with that van. It hit the point where it was getting rusty and needing repairs and FIL offered to sell us his second vehicle that he wasn't using. My friend's dad bought the van and the day he drove off in it, my ds stood in the living room watching The Old Girl go and sobbed his little heart out. I was sad right along with him. We did get to see it every now and then too. My friend's dad drove it until he passed. I don't know what happened to it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:34 PM   #23
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My first car was a 1991 Ford Escort. Many memories of my senior year in HS, college, driving to my first job, etc. in that car. But late summer 2002, it started to act up. It got to the point when I'd just paid over $1,000 for a repair, and a month later, something else happened and they said it would be close to $2,000 to fix.

Went and bought another car that evening. The next night, when we drove in to the dealership, my Ford made it halfway into a space and died. I'd swear it even coughed As we drove away in the new car, I looked back and it just looked so sad and forlorn...I cried like a baby.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:44 PM   #24
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I cried when I traded in my Buick Century that was falling apart! I hate getting rid of things, and it was my first car
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:55 PM   #25
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Yep. Twice. The first one was my 1996 geo prism. It was my very first new car and one that I paid off without help from my dad (who co-signed at the time for me). I blew the engine in it by neglecting to put oil in it. I had a rebuilt engine put in and this time remembered to put oil in my car. Unfortunately, I waited too long to change the filter and blew the second engine . I had to say goodbye to that car after having it for about 13 years. I cried a little b/c it was the first ever new car I ever owned. I still miss it.

DH and I were then down to one car, his. My second car was the last FBOD (Friendly Bank of Dad) from my father. I inherited his car soon after he passed away back in 2008 and while I was looking for something to replace my Geo Prism. I had my father's old car for 2 years. My father was always there to help me out when I needed it even if I felt that I could do it on my own. So getting his car was sentimental even though it was too big for me (it was a full size car). I rear-ended someone with DS10 (then 8) in the car on the way home from church. The airbags went off yet there was no damage to the body of the car (go figure ). I had to say good-bye to that car which was hard b/c it was the last thing of my father that I had. I was in tears b/c it was if I was saying the final good-bye to my father even though he had been gone for 2 years already. But it was time for me to let go.

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:56 PM   #26
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The timing of this is crazy. After a move half way around the world, I had to part with a lot of things...one of which was my beloved van. It sounds so stupid, but I loved that van. It is weird the attachment you have to certain things. Plus, it is hard for others to understand. Everyone says, "wow, you have these great opportunities to see the world", and I'm all "I know, I know. But I had to give up my house that I loved, and my van that I loved, and furniture that I loved, and my dog that I loved."

Great. Now I'm crying.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:49 PM   #27
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My first car...a red Toyota...we donated it. I cried like a baby when the flatbed came..the poor driver looked ready to die. DH wasnt home...got stuck at work. Came rushing in breathlessly about 5 minutes after they took her away to find me sobbing on the bed.

Just got rid of my 1998 Explorer. Again, cried. Not quite as dramatically as the 1st time. We sold it to our friend who owns a gas station here in town. He did a little work on it & sold it. I told him tomake sure that whoever he sold it to would be good to it.

I don' know why I get thie freakish attachment to cars.....
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:57 PM   #28
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I am still kind of in mourning over getting rid of my Mustang. I know my "smart" side told me I didn't need that. There was just no way I could get around in the winter. After about the 3rd time getting it sideways I figured I was just pushing my luck and it would eventually run out, so I got something more "sensible" and frontwheel drive.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:18 PM   #29
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I cried when we sold our ancient pop up camper. We bought it from my parents (it's the camper I grew up traveling in), but it got to the point where it needed more work than we could do ourselves. I miss it!
Me too! We had a pop-up camper that we sold because our boys had grown up and we spent our weekends at sports games and didn't have time to camp anymore. It sat in our garage for 5 years before I finally admitted we weren't going to use it anymore.

I kept it in great condition and sold it for exactly what I paid for it. I found photos of my boys in the pop-up when they were little and started tearing up when the new owner was there to take it. He promised to take good care of it and the wife even emailed me saying how much they enjoyed it. I'm sure he told her I was in tears as I let it go.

Now we can afford better vacations like cruising and Disney but I will always cherish that pop-up and how much fun we had when our boys were little.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:54 PM   #30
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Our first new car was bought in 93. Before that we had always had really old second hand cars. The mini van was new and mine to drive. I loved it but after 17 yrs. it was just starting to give us problems. Up until then we had no problems at all with it except for regular maintenance. All of a sudden everything started to go. Before starting repairs we decided to buy another new van. I cried all the way home from the wreckers. Yes we got more from the wreckers than from the dealership because of how bad it was.
I love my new van though so shall have to see what happens when it is time for it to go. It is an 08 and only has 38000 km. on it. I don't know what that is in miles.
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