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Friday, April 17, 2015

Oldsmobile

A/Z - this vehicle belongs to me

O - Oldsmobile



I drive a 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette van that has about 95,000 miles on it, but I rarely drive these days.  Working at home, I don't have a commute.  Hubby drives on the weekends when we do errands, grocery shopping, sight seeing, go to church, etc.  Sometimes its several weeks between me driving if I need to do an errand during the work week.  

The van is still in pretty good shape and has been paid off for years, which makes it very attractive to keep.  Hubby drives a 2007 Chevrolet that has more miles on this van, which is also paid off.  We know eventually we'll have to replace one or the other, but its nice not to have any car payments.  

When we first planned to move to Arizona, our first thought was not to bring the van with us. We knew it would not survive the long ride over.  However, since hubby's work gave him a nice moving allowance, we had this shipped over which was a good decision for the few times I drive these days.  Since its paid off and 16 years old, the insurance on it is not much so maintenance is low on it.  It suits us just fine right now.

I'm a reluctant driver these days. City driving I'm fine. I don't care for the freeway driving, especially in big cities like San Diego.  

What about you, do you like to drive?

46 comments:

Bijoux said...

I don't particularly like to drive, but it's a necessity here. I average about the average of 12,000 miles a year.

TARYTERRE said...

Like you, both of our vehicles are paid off too. You were wise to keep the van. I LOVE to drive but avoid the expressways at all costs.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Love it. I had a 1990 Oldsmobile Silhouette van, I finally gave away in 2010. A young man needed transportation. The van was one year older than him. He sold it in 2012 for $300. Can you imagine?

I do love to drive but don't due to some physical issues that come up at times. I'm thinking to head to the beach this year... about 2 1/2 hours away. And I'll be driving my Chrysler van... Lord willing.

Eileen T said...

I drive every day, it's a necessity that I do but I don't particularly enjoy it. I'm quite happy to be a passenger.

My late partner always used to do the driving on long journeys and he absolutely loved driving. I have a holiday in the north of Wales at the end of May and have to drive there - about 4 hours or more and I'll do it, but will be glad when that part of it is over!

Intense Guy said...

Forsomereason I am reminded of the car salesman saying a car was only driven Sunday by a old(er) lady going to church...

:)

A drive a Subaru Outback wagon ...2007.. with 156,000 miles and driving a lot less these days!

blogoratti said...

I don't like driving, I find it quite a chore. But that van still looks great!

Jeff Bushman said...

I miss the days of no car payments. I'll be back there in 3 years but then they will probably croak.
I do love the security of factory warranties as I just had to have my 2011 truck engine rebuilt. would have cost several thousand dollars if not under warranty.

Bushman
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I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I used to love to drive but after I totaled my car in a freak accident a few years ago, I lost my love of driving big time. Now I drive a few times a week to church and the grocery store and that's about it. Even though the car I have is a 2002, I figure it should last me quite a while at this rate.

lyndagrace said...

I love to drive, as long as I am the only car on the road. So in truth, I hate to drive.
One thing that has made driving a little less stressful for me though is having GPS. I have no sense of direction and would get lost all of the time. Now, I love the lady that is always with me, telling me to turn left or right.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I don't like driving - I can do it, but it really not my fav thing. This is good because my husband is a terrible passenger :). I also only drive automatics because I have an ankle condition that means a manual is painful to drive. I have a Honda CRV and I love it - it's perfect when I can't get out of driving ;)
Tasha
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Rhonda Albom said...

We have an old van that looks similar, but it's a honda. We don't drive it much either.

Linda said...

Your van looks in great shape! I enjoy driving my Honda Fit, the back seat flips up to easily allow my mom's walker. I don't enjoy driving her 1989 Olds rustbucket but should more often to keep up the battery, replaced with a new battery just this week, even got the battery tender/charger cause not driven enough to keep it charged. We're saving for hubby's van (2007 140,000) replacement, may downsize to the CR-V. We also prefer not having car payments.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I hated driving when I was living in a big city; so stressful, so crazy. But now I really enjoy it in the very small city I live in. The people are very courteous and there's never any real traffic.

Maria Zannini said...

Because we have another house on the Texas coast, we still have to drive more than we like. Hopefully, it'll sell and we can get rid of one of our cars. Three is too many.

Now all I have to do is convince the husband. :)

Joanne Noragon said...

I like to drive, especially paid off cars in good repair with lots of miles. My record was 300,000. When I gave off weekly trips to art shows around the country I swore I would not lose my driving edge, and I haven't.

Kathryn McKendry said...

I love to drive, but right now I'm in the process of teaching both my daughters how to drive and it's terrifying!

Cathrina Constantine said...

I grew up in my parents Oldsmobile!! It's the only car they'd buy...

Chrys Fey said...

Oldsmobiles are sturdy cars. They can last forever it seems. I actually don't drive at all...I call it a phobia.

Pat Hatt said...

No car payments is soo nice, then they start to break and time for a new one though, ugg. I don't mind driving but hate getting stuck in traffic

Sophie Duncan said...

I don't mind driving, it is convenient and much nicer than taking public transport, especially in bad weather, but it's not something I'm passionate about. I prefer country and motorway driving to city driving, because there are so many cars in towns and cities and some people just don't give a damn about other road users.
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Cindi said...

nope we're a one paid vehicle family. I LOVE IT. We've been at this practice for 2 years. I thought it would be difficult...not at all.

jack69 said...

I like to drive a car that is 'Paid-off' I am not a fan of heavy traffic. I enjoy driving in the mid-west. I love it when I pass Kansas City headed West until I hit California, hahaha,

Yes I still love to drive, but prefer day-time and empty roads (hard to find nowadays. LOL)

Lynn Proctor said...

I used to hate to drive-sometimes lately I have found myself almost enjoying it-almost -but I am with you-I avoid interstates if at all possible-:)

Liz A. said...

Nope, I don't like to drive either. I avoid it when I can.

Mevely317 said...

Your Olds sure doesn’t look its age, Betty!

Funny you should ask, do I like to drive.
When I was younger I actually believed driving an 18-wheeler might be fun. Much later, when I moved cross-country by myself, I didn’t bat an eyelash.
Unfortunately, not long afterwards, my little car was t-boned and totaled. I walked away with only a sprained wrist, but mentally it’s made me overly cautious. (It’s OK to say, scaredy-cat!)
So, I deliberately give myself extra time to take the back-roads into work each day. Still, I’m growing real weary of putting 450-some miles on the odometer each week.

susie said...

I like driving.

We either have no car payments or two car payments. Right now it's two.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I do like to drive. I don't care for all the traffic and sitting in it like I did on Monday and Thursday this week.
Have GPS on the phone has made it better for me too, especially if I'm going somewhere in L.A. My Mini Cooper is almost 7 years old. Longest time I've owned a car. I have 27,000 miles on it!
Debby

Birgit said...

It's a love/hate relationship:) It gives me the freedom to go where I want but i hate it when there are car repairs. We have a 97 Honda Civic which works well for us. I don't like loans so I hope we don't need one when we buy another(used) car. We are even thinking of a scooter-my hubby would feel safe but I don't think I would like to drive it when trucks go by

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I do love driving, especially on the wide open road of interstates. I don't care for city driving but don't mind it too much. I do most of the driving for my husband and me. I'm just better at it than him.

Saleslady371 said...

We're kindred spirits, Betty. I drive a paid off Oldsmobile Alero, 2001, that I really like. Thumbs up for Olds! I dislike driving in San Diego too! Makes me a nervous wreck.

Ruth said...

I hate to drive. I know how, but I don't if I don't have to.
My daughter has a 1998 Bonneville her grandparents gave her. It works great. She really doesn't care about driving, but I made sure she knew how. Plus living in a rural area is hard when you don't drive. Public transportation is non-existent.

LuAnn Braley said...

The only drives I truly loathe are in big cities ... at rush hour. *shudder*

Paula Kaye said...

We have driven Oldsmobiles in this household for many years. I have a 2001 Aurora with 125,000 miles on it. Like yours, it is paid for so I plan to drive it until I can't drive it anymore. We don't make long trips so It should be okay. Unless someday I come to Arizona to pay you a visit.....LOL!

joeh said...

I don't like driving on unfamiliar roads. My wife does most of our driving.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I meant to tell you that I'm really jealous about your job. I long to work exclusively from home. I drive a 2007 Honda Civic, but up until a few months ago, I drove a 2000 Nissan Altima with 170,000 miles on it! I'm a firm believer in drive 'em til they drop! :)

J E Oneil said...

I've never been a big fan of driving. I feel like I have to be vigilant all the time, so I only do it when I have to :)

David P. King said...

That's extremely good mileage for a car that old. Just barely went over 100K on a 2001 car myself. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

We have a Honda Odyssey and a ford Explorer.

Sandy said...

Hubby loves to drive, so he drives when we're both in the car. I don't dislike it, but I don't like to drive long distances. I work only 4.5 miles from the house, so I have a 2006 Saturn, and no desire to get anything newer. Like you, it's paid for and in good shape. Hubby works 1.5 miles from the house and bought a used Ford Explorer 2012 with low mileage to replace his 14 year old Explorer, lol...we sound similar.

Sandy at Bridge and Beond

Danielle L Zecher said...

I have a 1999, too, but mine is a Toyota Camry with close to 190,000 miles. Hubby's is a little two door Honda, a 2007, that just hit 70,000 miles. It's wonderful not having a car payment isn't it? I spent so much time commuting for work and commuting to see hubby before we were married and then working in one state and living in another after we were married that I'm pretty much over driving now. I don't hate it, but I definitely don't love it.

EcoCatLady said...

I HATE driving with a passion! And my 1990 Honda Civic with under 90K miles on it is testimony to that fact! :-)

SweetMarie said...

I'm with you...city driving is fine, but I avoid the freeway! I also don't like car payments! Haven't had one in years and don't want any. :)

Wendy said...

Our current car cost more than our first house. It surely drives nice though.

Chatty Crone said...

Your car looks GREAT! I drive a 2000 Honda CRV - Betsy - which I love - 160K miles on it.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

I do most of the local driving, but when we are on vacation, Ole Boy will do most of the driving (I drive plenty getting us there, but I do not like maneuvering in big/strange cities. I do freeways (called interstates in my side of the world) as long as I'm going a long way, I do not like getting off and on.

I had an Oldsmobile for years. It was a good car...and I gave it to the kid when I got a new one. She had destroyed within a year! lolz

Veronica Lee said...

I don't drive - I don't even have a driver's license! Long story but I've been told that's because I am spatially challenged. I have a problem gauging distance and space.