Zombie Flamingo’s blog(representative photo – not my personal car, although I DO drive a Miata convertible — burgundy)
No matter what needs to be done on a car, it seems as though you can’t get out of the repair shop for less than $500. I hadn’t had an oil change for 2 years or so, but since I only drive 3 miles one way to work, I wasn’t all freaked out about it. What DID make me nuts was a constant squeaking/scraping sound that never seemed to get better. Dad thought it might be bearings or the U-joint, but, thankfully (?) it was the front brakes that needed replacing. They also ordered a new tire, as I have a bubble-thing on the side of one of my tires from smacking into a curb. My tires are still under warranty, so it should only be about $60, but that is in addition to the $430 I spent on the other crap. My poor credit cards never seem to get a rest. My next repair will be a doozie, as I need a new convertible top. I bet that sets me back fuckin’ 2-grand. If I could fix the top without it looking like Beverly Hillbillies, I’d do it, but I have a feeling that anything other than a new top will look like I put duct tape over the rips. I don’t currently have a garage, which hurts, and I’m not that hip on car upkeep, so I wouldn’t have any idea of the kind of product(s) I’d need to keep the top more supple and less likely to rip. I don’t know, Armor-All? It’s a bit late now, but if I get a bit of a clue, the next convertible top should be someone else’s problem.
Couldn’t help it, Zombie Flamingo, I love that!