Thursday, February 21, 2013

Now I'm Driving the Bus

I am now the proud owner of a brand new, 2001 Chevy Suburban. Hunter green. Tan leather. Old school On-star. Captain's seats. Towing package. CD player. AND tape deck. Heated seats. Ambulance doors.

This car was the bomb back in 2001. This car still IS the bomb.

When this behemoth rolled off the lot, I was still a bebe, livin' it up as a junior in high school. This 'Burban was creeping the mean streets of Anderson Township while I was fretting about Advanced Chemistry with Doc Madsen and getting into trouble for talking too much in class. Never did we think our paths would converge, but happily, they have.

I've never really cut an imposing figure, but when I'm at the helm of this bad boy, I feel a certain sort of power. The gear shift is on the steering column, which means I have to do a mini-bicep curl to move it from park into drive. That takes it to a whole new level of awesome.

It might be uncouth to say, but we stole this vehicle for 2800 American dollars. It may or may not have a cool 263,000 miles on it but who's counting? Thus begins a new chapter of our family's pay-only-cash-for-cars-off-Craigslist experiment. At this time I'd rather not discuss the gas mileage or Brad might put the thing back on the Craigslist in a furor of gas pump anger.

So. If you need something towed, or to drive 6 rowdy preteen boys and all their hockey equipment to the ice rink, or to pick up a large piece of furniture from the Pottery Barn outlet, I'm your man. Or Mom, as it were.


  1. If we ever come to visit again we can all load up in one car to go to the zoo. WATCH OUT WORLD!

  2. NICE!!! Enjoy your new wheels!

    We are currently a 1-car family, but we're looking at getting another car within the year (baby #2 is due in a month and a half, and it's already cramped in our sedan with two adults, a toddler and a dog). We may end up adopting your pay-cash-only for vehicles policy. :)

  3. Awesome. My parents drive an '04 in black (we kids thought we were soooo cool when they bought it new). We are thinking of going that way ourselves eventually, but right now we are fitting our family of 5 pretty comfortably in our LeSabre.

  4. i grew up always having a suburban as a family vehicle. i learned how to drive in a suburban.

    it's inspiring to hear that you paid cash for your car. i pray it will last you and you will have little to no complications.

    both of my vehicles are needed for repairs. both of which no longer fit my growing family. each repair will probably cost 3k plus. i have been tempted to make a new purchase despite our convictions.

    i pray to be as money wise as you.

  5. I am soooo jealous! We had a suburban and sold it when the transmission konked. And bought a Dodge Caravan. Yeah, dumb move. That was pre-Dave Ramsey. We had a chance at a nice one last fall, but my dh couldn't pull the trigger. It is like asking him to amputate an appendage to get him to spend money now. So I am stuck with the Caravan. Boo. Congratulations to you!