Category Archives: Cars

Cars, Cars, Cars

I have a lot of stuff I need to do for my cars.

Impreza: deal with the cylinder misfire problem. The solution might be to replace the plugs. I doubt they’ve ever been replaced, and the car is now 5 years old with 25,000 miles. I’ve posted on the Impreza owner board at, but no one’s been very helpful so far. I don’t get it. The MR2 board and list is much more responsive.

MR2: deal with the brakes. It’s not a problem, but I’d love to have better brakes. That calls for new pads, new lines, and new fluid. Probably around $240 total. After that, suspension. After that, engine. Yeah!

M Coupe

Last Thursday I was browsing the used car market for good deals when I came across an M Coupe for sale in Santa Monica. I was immediately overcome by lust; I wanted the car so badly I felt sick to my stomach.

I began doing some calculations to figure out if I could afford the car and arranged to check it out on Saturday. I figured if I sold the Impreza and financed the rest, I could probably get the car. I could picture myself cruising up the PCH or along the freeway, having a kick-ass time.

But then reality set in and I realized I didn’t want to be paying for this car over the next five years. By the time I took the test drive, I was 80% sure I wasn’t going to buy it.

The M Coupe is an amazing car. It’s powerful and nimble—a pure sports car. But it wasn’t the kind of experience that overthrows reason and good sense… so I offered the owner a price lower than he wanted to accept and thanked him for his time.

Now I have a new plan: Sell the Impreza and beef up the MR2.