Car Go Boom Boom

Well.. The Matt-Mobile decided to stop working on my way back up to SLO on Monday. Turns out the engine has totally locked up, so I'm (*gasp*) without car for at least a week and half while a new engine (*cough* 9-grand *cough*) gets to be installed.. Guess nothing else can break now. :( Anyway, trucks down in Santa Barbara as it died about 30 mins north of there and they are the biggest dealership in the area..

Just driving along until some rattling started under the hood.. then it got louder within the mile, so as I pull onto the shoulder, the car dies (with a big bang and lots of black smoke), along with the power steering and breaks.. so I get out and notice the coolant leaking all over the road.. and I notice my cell phone has "No Service" in the middle-of-nowhere that I was at. Luckily some friendly folk saw the smoke and stopped behind me so I could call up AAA. Long story short, stayed at Brian's last night and got a call today regarding the damange.. never quite had that much to worry about before. It sucks as just buying another sub would be about the same amount, so might as well fix this one and get the new engine with its 3-yr warranty. And its going to take at least a week and half to fix it up.. Yup, fun week so far..

Posted by matt on 7/8/03 at 12:52PM



OH! OH! You totally called it the Mattmobile! Open season has now begun, sucka! ;D

Posted by Kim on 7/8/03 at 5:19PM


Forgot that I had more to say. I was so gosh-darn excited about the Mattmobile.

That totally sucks. The Mattmobile's sick! (How many times do you think I can use that word in this post? What word, you ask? "Mattmobile".) Is that going to affect your vacationing? Make sure you let Bryce and me know when you're moving in -- we'll come up and help you unpack the truck.

Posted by Kim, again. on 7/8/03 at 5:31PM

Just an excuse to upgrade...

Sheesh, you don't need such an elaborate story. You could always just admit you are 'upgrading' your suburban :-). Hopefully my vehicle lasts a little while longer... (still has the same engine, 20+ years and still going)

Posted by jeff on 7/9/03 at 5:13AM

Showoff ;)

Yeah, well I just authorized them to go ahead.. so in a couple weeks I'll have a new engine in the truck.. I wonder what kind of things they've changed to the engine in the past 9 years.. Maybe I can go faster ;)

Oh well, sure is going to be fun to have a new engine with the odometer at 235,000 ..

Posted by matt on 7/9/03 at 5:55AM


Don't they reset the odometer when you get a new engine? Then you have proof that it is new, for it has fewer miles, like... none.

Posted by chris on 7/9/03 at 6:08AM


No, they don't, and with good reason. Otherwise, it'd be hard to explain to a prospective buyer why my 1990 cararo a) has only 25,000 miles on it, and b) is falling completely apart.

Posted by martin on 7/9/03 at 6:14AM


Sounds like a spanish dance troupe. "Oi, oi, oi, estamos cararo! Oi, oi, oi, estamos caraaaaarooooo!"

Posted by Martin on 7/9/03 at 6:16AM


And to think, you didn't test out of Spanish. ;-)

Posted by bryce on 7/9/03 at 6:33AM

Oh well,

I remember now. It was a friend's car and when he got a new engine, he got a second odometer, which was at zero. My mistake.

Posted by chris on 7/9/03 at 8:40AM

new odometers

I think getting new odometers would just be fun, confusing all prospective buyers as much as possible.

Posted by sean on 7/9/03 at 10:13AM


Yes, a new odometer would be fun. As are many things that are extremely illegal.

Posted by Martin on 7/9/03 at 10:20AM


Any update on the progress of fixing the MattMobile?

Posted by brian on 7/10/03 at 9:37AM

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