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My first car was a 1979Volkswagen Rabbit , and it has about 78K miles. I bought it at a used car lot in Tulsa Oklahoma for about $1500, in the year 1983. Big Mistake!
It was a piece of junk.
The used car salesman was a big fat liar, told me it has air con and was well conditioned. Well, no air con, it was fan cooled and the door does not close well. That was already a clue that the car was in a wreck.
My friend used to make fun of me telling me that my car just take in Carrots, after all it is a Rabbit .
Since it was my first car, I figure it was a good learning experience – a real expensive$$ experience indeed. Anyway, I learned a lot about fixing car. I replaced the starter, pump and etc all by myself. It was like a hobby.
About the used car lot—I went in the office and saw a couple of gunny sacks on the floor and saw something moving in there. Guess what? They were rattlesnakes.
Why? They let them loose at night. They were used for night time watchmen…go figure.
My next vehicle was a 1986 Nissan King Cab Truck. Now, that was the best truck I ever owned.
I was working for American Airlines in Tulsa and I saw this gorgeous white truck, it has a for sale sign. It was like a needle in a haystack. So happened the truck was parked quite close to my rabbit at that time in the huge parking lot.
I called the owner and we took a test drive and instantly I fell in love with her. I knew we have a sense of good karma. The owner name was Tom and I paid $6500, cash for the tuck. I think I got a good deal as he only owned the truck for less than 3 months and have only 2K miles. He paid about $8K for it. Since I was paying cash, he gave me a good deal. The main reason he was selling the truck was that his wife did not enjoy the “bumpy” ride of the truck.
I got rid of the Rabbit at $500 after using it for less than 3 yrs.
Now, let me tell you about that 85 Nissan King Cab truck. Even I bought it “used”, it felt like brand new. The smell of the leather.
Man, I used the truck for camping, fishing, hauling, etc etc , watching /gazing stars at the bed of the truck and even have SEX with my girlfriend/wife. Whopeeeeeeeeeee.
I drove the truck all over the South- Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Wichita, Denver,and all the way to Seattle where I make my home now.
We moved from Tulsa to Seattle in 1989, got married and raised my kid at the back of the truck. My kid love the back of the truck, sleep and playing with her toys. Moving from the Okie state to Seattle…that another story of my life.
We traveled all over the Pacific Northwest, to Canada –camping and fishing on that truck.
Man, I have so much fun with that Nissan King Cab. I even taught my daughter how to drive that truck and she even passed her driving test using that truck.
Well, unfortunately, it was in Feb of 2007, when the Nissan finally took her toll. I was driving on the West Seattle Bridge one afternoon and then I heard a hard knock coming from the engine. She lost power and I managed to pull her to my mechanic’s garage.
Bad news – no point fixing any more and time to buy a new one. It was going to cost me like $2k to replace/rebuilt the engine. Well, time for a new….
My friends, after 22 years with my old faithful, with 201K miles, it was time to let the Nissan King Cab go. Man, I took care of her very well, oil change every 3K miles, and fix whatever needs to be fixing.
That Nissan King Cab was with me for 22 yrs, with my family and raised my kid in there. So sad to see her go.
So much good memories !!!
Anyway, I sold that truck to a Kid for just $100,( with canopy, and still good tires, clean body( Please see the photos of the tucks). He wanted it for a project, so I guess it was put in good use.
Guess what, the next one was………you guess it right—a brand new 2007Nissan Frontier, bigger truck-more power and so comfy. She gives me 18mpg in town and 21mpg on highway. The other truck gave me about 21mpg.
I bought her in February of 2007, the asking price was $19K. Well, I bargained down to $17K and paid in cash again. I have not used the pickup much as it has only 18K miles after 32months and the only long trips I took was to Utah and to Oregon. Oh well…..
Well, my next new vehicle will be the Nissan Leaf…
Heck, maybe Nissan Company might give me a free Nissan Leaf car as I am a genuine Nissan died hard and they can even use me in their commercials.