RIP TrailBlazer (Pt.2: Help Me Pick a Car!)

Not a bad angle of the TrailBlazer. I’ll miss it.

Last night, I published some mildly incoherent ramblings about me crashing my beloved, yet also hated, 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer into the back of my school librarian’s 2012 Toyota Camry. Thankfully, everybody involved walked away with no injury, but the TrailBlazer did face an untimely death. So, what’s next?

Before I proceed, there is nothing set in stone about what I may be driving next. I have my hopes, thankfully my mother agrees with most of them, and at this point we’re just waiting to get a check from the insurance company. We will fight to be fairly compensated, as that money will be going into the next vehicle.


What’s Going to Happen

I’m not entirely sure. I do know that we will be picking the replacement for the TrailBlazer within the next week, possibly two. Right now, we’re mostly looking at Volvo V70's and S60's. My mother really likes a Lexus SC300 that is for sale locally, as well. I am hoping for an E46 BMW 325i, but all the local clean examples with manual transmissions are out of our budget at the moment.

Regarding the Volvo’s, we are focusing heavily on a 2001 V70 T5 with 143,000 miles, that has dealer records since it was new. In 2004, this wagon was considered Volvo Certified, so we know that it is, or at one point was, in good shape. The car is located about an hour and a half away in Greensboro, NC, and we are making a trek out on Saturday to go and see it. Whilst in Greensboro, we are going to check out a 2003 Volvo S60 2.4T with 168,000 miles. It is not as clean as the aforementioned V70, but it is much cheaper. Right now, money is everything. There is also a super clean 1989 Mercedes 300TE for sale, but I’m not sure that we will have time to look at it.

And I want Oppo to help! Now, there are a few requirements that I must set forth before y’all go crazy (I love it, by the way), in the comments below:

1. Has to be under $4,000.

2. Will probably have to be located within a 1.5 hour radius of Raleigh, NC. Exceptions can be made, but that can only be reserved for the Super Cool Stuff.


3. My mother wants me to keep this vehicle through college. Now, I doubt that will happen considering my short attention span, but still.

4. Reliability is important. Well, it can’t be too important considering I’m looking at older Volvo’s. Nonetheless, reliability is important. Sadly.


5. ?????

6. Profit

Yeah, that is pretty much it. Transmission doesn’t really matter, age of vehicle kinda matters, gas mileage matters, and something that will be relatively inexpensive to insure would be preferred.


Thanks for all the help, and I’m looking forward to all the suggestions.

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