A friend of mine needed a car, I have an excess of cars, and so now I’m one Volkswagen Jetta less.

Overall I’d say my Mk4 experience was a positive one. I got the car in October, it owed me about $1200 and I got $1100 for it today. So basically it cost me $100 to use the car for 5 months, which seems like a win to me.

The only thing that sucked about this was that the car needed a new thermostat, and my buddy asked me to do it as part of the deal (originally we agreed on $1000, he offered me $100 to do the job and I already had the parts so what the hell?). It was not a fun job, though the actual thermostat part of it took 5 minutes. Taking the alternator off so I could get at the thermostat, that took an hour and a half.

So where does that leave me? Well, I finally got the Tahoe back from my mechanic just in time for my wife’s Escalade to lose a rear brake line, so that is getting towed to him tomorrow for the brakes and to fix a highway-speed vibration. It also needs a fuel tank vent solenoid and an injector, but I’m going to do those myself...then it’ll need to get inspected since it was due at the end of February.

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Oh, also I’ll need to drive the VehiCROSS to work on Monday and it still has an exhaust that sounds like its just straight pipes. I picked up a new muffler and some flexible repair pipe to see if I can make it usable, but I’m not super hopeful.