Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bessy gets a new engine

Way back in 1993 I purchased the only new vehicle I've ever owned. There was a year end closeout sale on Jeep Cherokees at the local dealership. I went in, looked, negotiated, and drove away in a brand new, cherry red Jeep Cherokee 4x4 SUV. In the last 18 years it has provided me with unending loyalty and reliability. Recently though she began to show some signs that things weren't right. Her oil pressure started to drop a bit, and she started to leak a little oil, and was burning a bit too. I grew concerned and made an appointment with her at the engine doctor. We discussed her habits, how I drove her etc. After a check-up he stated that with nearly 300,000 miles she was getting pretty tired and worn down. And that he didn't know how many more miles she had left in her. I was deeply saddened by this news as you grow attached to something after that long a period of time. It is a love/love relationship. I've taken very good care of her, and she in turn has been very good to me. He suggested I start looking around for a replacement vehicle just in case.

Well I did some soul searching, thinking back on all the great memories we shared together. I decided there was no way I was going to spend money on someone else's junker only to be in the same boat again probably in a short period of time. With Bessy I know what I have and aside from her engine everything else is in wonderful condition.

So I called the best engine rebuilders I know and ordered a newly remanufactured engine for her. It cost me just under $1,750 delivered and is being installed today. The new engine comes with a 7 year/70,000 mile warranty which is unheard of today. The cost of installation is $650.00 which includes all new belts, hoses, an O2 sensor, and brand new Sylvania Silverstar headlights. So for $2,400 she has been given a new lease on life. Where can you find a used car for $2,400 that you will have any confidence in it lasting for 70,000 miles? Trust me you cannot find such a car out there.

I look forward to spending many more years behind the wheel of this loyal friend.

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