Mechanically it's been a great car. I believe I've only had to pay for three repairs, and if I recall correctly they were all under $50.
But it's old enough that it didn't make sense to put money into cosmetic repairs, and a two-door is just not practical with kids. So I decided it's time for a new car. And since I buy new cars pretty rarely, I was picky. That's a separate story, but I ended up placing an order for a Mercury Milan Hybrid, which I expect in about three weeks.
I decided to donate the Cabrio to KQED. I didn't like the idea of selling it in it's condition, and I doubt I would get much for it as a trade-in. I thought I'd show my appreciation to KQED and PBS for all the great programming I (and especially the kids) have enjoyed for years.
So it was not unexpected, but a little inconvenient when the Cabrio's clutch broke Tuesday. The repair would have cost just about $400, which I didn't want to pay to keep driving it for just a few weeks. Thankfully a friend offered to loan me her second car.
So I called KQED, and just handed the keys to a tow-truck driver for an auction company assigned by them pick it up. They make it very easy.
I felt fine seeing it go, though I did feel a little melancholy on Tuesday when I cleaned out all my stuff. I'm not sentimental about it, and it's been a while since I've enjoyed driving it or felt proud of it. But I have had it a long time.
Thinking back, I realized I had it for over ¼ of my life, and well more than ⅓ of my driving years. I bought it at the start of a new chapter of my life. I had just moved back to the Bay Area from New York City to work for a start-up. In the 11½ years since then I:
- found an apartment in San Francisco
- commuted from there to San Mateo
- helped create two electronic toys
- met Claire (who became my wife), and moved to San Jose
- worked for LEGO (in San Mateo, with several trips to Denmark)
- married, and honeymooned in Greece and Turkey
- worked for Palm (in Santa Clara)
- bought a house in Campbell
- saw the birth of my daughter, now 7
- worked for Altera (in Santa Cruz)
- bought our current house in Scotts Valley
- saw the birth of two sons, now 6 and 4
- worked for VMware
- worked for Netflix
May my new car last long enough to be associated with half as many happy memories.