Even though I know it’s easily fixable, the rust on my car has been occupying my thoughts a lot. Amongst them are memories of the first car I bought, my 1998 Lexus GS300 (which was completely rust [but not problem] free). It lasted me a year and 5000 miles. It was the best first car I could’ve asked for, even if I put 1/2 the cars value in repairs into it. Pics from my year of ownership below:

(5/31/16) the day I got her...

(6/3/16) the first sticker, from the blog I spent most of my time on...

(6/3/16) when I first found out the sunroof leaked...

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(6/5/16) the slightly-ricer-but-cool halo LED headlights...

(6/10/16) the first of many trips to lake...

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(6/17/16) after I gave her her first wash... (look how perfect that paint is! Incredible for a 19 year old car with 261k miles)

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(6/18/16) from when I entered her in a car show (I was a judge so it was free for me to enter, and it actually drew more attention than I expected)...

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(6/28/16) another trip to the lake...

look closely at the wing

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(7/9/16) here’s my real car, here’s my toy car...

(7/10//16) first milestone...

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(8/14/16) first CEL (camshaft position sensor, goodbye $500!)...

(8/21/16) first random light...

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(10/1/16) a trip to STL, across the river from Alton, IL...

(face cropped for privacy)

(10/8/16) homecoming...

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(10/19/16) yet another picture at the lake...

(11/2/16) might’ve needed a new cabin air filter...

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(11/11/16) stole the garage for a few nights...

(11/18/16) abandoned road pic...

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(12/3/16) getting festive...

(12/4/16) and snow the next day...

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(12/18/16) typical Illinois winter...

(12/29/16) sunset pic...

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(1/5/17) cops called after some alleged snow-nuts (rwd is fun, what can I say?)...

(2/26/17) someone needs a wash...

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(3/4/17) I’d often look out the window and just think, “that’s mine, I paid for that, I own that”...

(3/8/17) oil change...

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(4/12/17) she was a thirsty girl (16 city, 22 highway, only took premium)...

(4/20/17) pollen season...

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(5/3/17) so clean for 265k miles (pic is from a day or 2 before I listed it on CL)...

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(5/13/17) before and after...

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(5/16/17) 7 lights and I only miss one (battery and windshield washer fluid were both mystery lights, coming on at random and then dissappearing shortly after)...

(5/24/17) half and half...

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(5/27/17) goodbye...