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got myself a commuter car

Dear friends -

I got myself a little commuter car!

So I needed something on four wheels to drive back and forth to Kansas City where I teach once or twice a week. On account of the no-money thing, it needed to be cheap. On account of this being Kansas, it needed to have A/C (at least installed; fixing it up is a step in the right direction!). On account of my not really wanting a modern car, it needs to be funky (yet, yes, I admit, it needed to be something newer than 1951 to trust on the highway commute). So I got myself something cute, modern, but inexpensive:

A 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Convertible. It's the perfect cheap-yet-fun transport, yet is also something worth fixing up and maintaining on account of its *dies of the cute* factor. And, heck, its value is already on the rise, so it's technically a classic car *g*

Plus, it makes me smile.

Chris

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professormass
Jul. 25th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)

It amuses me that my father had the exact same model of car, only he bought it brand new.

Congrats!
mckitterick
Jul. 25th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
Heh. I'm glad someone did so I can reap the rewards of the used-car market. This is side of depreciation that rocks.

Chris
acommonreader
Jul. 25th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
Congrats!
mckitterick
Jul. 25th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Now let's hope it's in half-way decent shape when I pick it up later today *g*

Chris
geekmom
Jul. 25th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
Too bad your commute isn't just slightly shorter or the kits just slightly better, or you could rig it out as an electric car. The Rabbit model is apparently quite a popular kit.
mckitterick
Jul. 25th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
I've heard about that. 'Course, if anything ever goes wrong with the engine on this, well, about 50 million donor engines are waiting out there.... I could even drop in a diesel and get better overall energy efficiency than an electric.

Chris
geekmom
Jul. 25th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
Heh - don't tell the electric enthusiasts. ;-) I agree that diesel is the more efficient choice for highway miles. There's also some adaptation you can make to get you car to run off soybean fuel, but I hear it's not terribly efficient at this point.
amnesiacat
Jul. 25th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
smiles count for a lot. Anything that makes you smile is certainly worth it.
mckitterick
Jul. 25th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
My thought exactly!

Chris
kylielee1000
Jul. 25th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
I can't believe you die of the cute, because you are not that kind of guy. Or wait, yes you are, because of your other car, which is also cute, but in a much, much different way.

Drive safely! I still am shocked that we managed to hold a cell phone conversation while you were riding your mini.
mckitterick
Jul. 25th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
Heh, only guys not raised on SF are afriad to show their *dies of the cute* side.

By the way, that cell-phone conversation to which you refer? I was on a scooter!

Chris
clevermanka
Jul. 25th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
Plus, it makes me smile.

It's the automotive equivalent of a wiener dog.
mckitterick
Jul. 25th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Now that you mention it, I can see one of them little dudes wigglin' and runnin', much like a VW Rabbit.

Zoom-zoom,
Chris
blzblack
Jul. 25th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hey, cool. If I got a die-of-cute Volkswagon, I think it'd be the Carmengia (sp?). Those are cool looking. Maybe you could put 70s flowers on it and *really* die of cute! Ha, ha. Congrats.
mckitterick
Jul. 25th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, I owned one of those! Was in the process of restoring it when I sold it as a kit with tons of parts I'd collected. I hope it's back on the street....

Chris
bardsong
Jul. 25th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the car. Although your post put me in mind of a recent conversation I had with my mother about geeky men driving Volkswagens.
mckitterick
Jul. 25th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
Geeky? You don't say....

*g*

Chris
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