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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Ask a Mustachian => Topic started by: Geographer on June 01, 2017, 04:29:23 PM

Title: Time to go car-free?
Post by: Geographer on June 01, 2017, 04:29:23 PM
I'm currently on the fence with selling my car and becoming a 1-car couple. I drive a 1998 Saturn SC2 with ~143k miles, which was given to me from my grandmother 6 years ago at ~67k miles. Although I love it dearly and it's been a dependable car, I don't think it's necessary and would love to reduce our car dependency. I recently became engaged to my co-habitating GF who has a super versatile Scion hatchback. We live in the DC area where public transportation is pretty decent, and both own bicycles.

Some LIKES about having the car:

Some DISLIKES about having the car:

As I stated above, my current drive to work is ~12 miles and takes about 20 minutes one way. Taking the metro (our subway system) and transfering to the bus takes around ~40 minutes if timed properly and would cost about $5 each way; so $10 round trip. Work offers a program to pay for this tax free which could save over 30%. I've biked to work before, but this involves a mix of nice paths and bike lanes with portions of high-volume roads and intersections. This took around 45 minutes one way, but creates the added issue of being sweaty, having to change clothes, etc..

Given my current situation, what would YOU recommend? Thanks in advance!!
Title: Re: Time to go car-free?
Post by: JLee on June 01, 2017, 04:57:07 PM
If you decide to keep the car, you can do spark plugs yourself. It's very easy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isV9o7ucCo

I would find an independent mechanic and get another quote for the transmission fluid exchange and muffler replacement.  What is wrong with the AC?