By: Gary Marcella
Ok, so by now you’ve met the boys – this next story is directly related to the fact we are having twins.
I’ve driven around a 2001 Monte Carlo SS for years now – my parents can attest to the fact that was my dream car! Got it with 18k miles on it, practically brand new. When I first got out of college, I had a job in Norwalk, this car was my first big purchase, and my first car I owned on my own (well the bank owned it for several years, but I finally owned it). Used to wash it every other weekend, kept the car MINT! Eventually, miles started piling up and more and more things went wrong with it – perhaps it got a bath once every 3 months, but needless to say – I spent a ton of time in this car. Any of you who know a Monte Carlo realize this is indeed a 2 door coupe. Fast-forward to 2011 – we know now Laura is pregnant and there is no way I’m going to struggle getting 2 carseats in the back seat of this Monte. I am pretty much reserved to the fact I have to get a family vehicle very soon – but not THIS soon. I’d been looking into crossovers for a while now, and we narrowed it down to a Mazda 5 – wish it were an American car, but for some reason, Americans want huge gas guzzling engines rather than fuel economy.
The Mazda gets 28 MPG and is a decent size, so it was the choice I made. So I’m driving the Monte into work about 3 weeks ago – mind you I’m up to 192k miles at this point, and something gives – I can no longer drive the car… IN DRIVE! Reverse works just great, and low 2 & 1 work, but no drive or low 3. By this time, I had already looked at this Mazda in particular and decided it was the one I wanted – the dealership offered me $500 for my Monte, when it was working. I thought long and hard if I just wanted to keep it for that amount… again when it was working. After this incident, I realized it was over for the old girl. Made a deal with the salesman and, on March 17th – St. Patty’s Day, I drive the Monte over to pick up the Mazda, all the way to Executive Honda in Wallingford, in LOW 2 mind you all the while crossing my fingers the remaining gear didn’t slip and leave me stranded. I make it there – park the car and don’t say ANOTHER WORD about the Monte. Listen, for $500, I am kinda glad it didn’t drive right. The new car is great – plenty of room (there is a third row of seats) very clean, and actually fun to drive believe it or not. It snowed the other day and I can’t get over the fact my car is dirty… Well, off to the car wash!!