So, our 97 Merc Sable has finally gone to pasture. For the sake of venting, here is the list of shit I've had to replace/fix in the 4 years I've owned this piece of shit:
*Spark Plug Wires
*Oil Pan Gasket
*Ball Joints (plus new tires)
*Tie Rod Ends
*Headlight (collision with shopping cart)
*Alternator (rear-ended at stoplight)
*Back Bumper (same)
And the straw that broke the camels back was transmission failure, which would require a rebuild. Again. Fuck that car.
So now we are the proud owners of an '09 Yaris. Love the car, got a great deal on it. Plan on driving it forever and ever and ever.
I'm looking for all I can do to make this car last a long-ass time. Here's what I already do:
*Plan on changing the oil religiously. Dealership will pay for our first oil change and every third one after that for a little while, so I'll be taking it to the dealer for oil changes for the next little while.
*Neither I nor the Ms. drive like an asshole. No jackrabbit starts, minimal hard braking, we pretty much just drive the speed limit
*Trying to get in the habit of checking the tire pressure every other fill-up or so.
Some specific concerns I have:
*I live in Minnesota, which means cold and snow and salt. Will getting my car washed after they salt the roads help stave off rust? Should I get the car rust-proofed before this winter?
*Anything I can do to keep the transmission alive longer, other than following the scheduled maintenance plan? Maybe it's just because the tranny was the point of failure on our old car, but it's such an expensive repair I'd really prefer never to have to pay for another transmission