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Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Retirement Age

I'm not sure what the official retirement age is for cars. I once had a '77 Buick Lesabre that did not want to die. It even went on to demolition derby fame. I have decided, though, that it is time to retire my car that I have driven for the last 7 1/2 years. When I first found it on the car lot it had only 2 miles on it. I gave the car its first real test drive, which brought the total up to 12 after the paper work was all signed. This was my first brand new car, and unfortunately I cannot find any good pictures of it. I have resorted to leaving the task up to Google Street View.

You may remember this car broke the MPG record earlier this year.

If I get a chance to take a better picture or run across one I'll update the blog. Right now the poor car is covered with snow in my back yard. So long, Tiburon, you were a good car for many years. You saw deer and ice, ambulances and Ron Paul stickers. You even once saw 135 mph, but you're being replaced and soon I will post pictures of the new car that hopefully will hold the same status as you 7 1/2 years down the road from now.

Tags:  Cars, Joe, MPG
It's tough to let a good friend go. I've driven for nearly 40 years and only owned 4 cars in that time. The oldest was the last one at 15 years before I let it go. I tend to drive them until there is nothing left rather than get a different car every 3-4 years like so many I know. Tiburon understands--life moves on. Maybe someone will want some parts to transplant into another old guy. :)
LGrant   Thursday, December 18, 2008
No! This can't be happening. That car is classic dude. I will not stand for this aggression, man. The dude does not abide.
Dave Heinzel   Thursday, December 18, 2008
He was talking about driving his lawnmower as his main vehicle.

LimeyGeorge   Thursday, December 18, 2008
He could do that George - the idio...ummm errr, neighbor across the street from us does that, even in the winter; he just puts a small snow plow attachment on the front. Go for it, Joe!
Angi   Thursday, December 18, 2008
My in-laws use their cub cadet or kubota like a tractor; hauling small trailers of wood or whatever. That's when the big tractor won't fit somewhere of course.
LimeyGeorge   Thursday, December 18, 2008
I for one, am not sad to see the Tiburon go. Don't get me wrong, it has served us well (both of us) over the last 7.5 years and was much loved. I began to worry about Joe in the last few months, if he would even make it home some days. And with the colder weather, it really got me anxious to have him drive that car. Goodbye Tiburon, you were once a great car and served your family well. RIP.

By the way, the new car is awesome Joe. I love it.
K8Day   Thursday, December 18, 2008
Farewell old friend! I had fun driving you when Joe would let me. Vrooom Vrooomm! Sorry about forgetting to release the parking brake. Hope it didn't hurt you too much.

So, when do I get to see the new car?
YammaSue   Thursday, December 18, 2008
So does this mean we can have a ritual car burning in your backyard like we did at your old place? I mean, like we never ever did at any place you ever lived cause thats a bad bad thing to do.

Anyways, the Tib had a good run. Sorry to see it go, but super happy about the check we received today from Parkway Motors. Many thanks!
Ames   Thursday, December 18, 2008
Hooray for kickbacks! (er, I mean referral bonuses) Now all households in our family have at least one Parkway vehicle.
YammaSue   Thursday, December 18, 2008
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