Weekend Warrior

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Toyota Corolla 1.3 2001 2E - Let me down again

Toyota Corolla 1.3 2001 2E has once again let me down. On the way to Joburg it started overheating and I had to go fetch it. I had seen some rust in the radiator and had gone to the trouble getting radiator flush and antifreeze to address the problem, had even checked the cooling system twice before it left but didn't help as it turns out.

As it turns out there are blockages in the radiator. When the car is at speed the water is pumped into the reservoir until it's full and then it overflows until all the water is on the road instead of in the car leaving the car without coolant and resulting in overheating. It's an easy issue to fix. I can have the radiator serviced but since a new OEM one is 200 rand more than doing the service, I'm just gonna buy a new one.

This has been the second time the car has not completed a journey and unfortunately the sentence has come down, it's gonna be sold. I'm disappointed since I quite like the car. I actually had considered buying it about 7 years ago but on the advice of my father and friend didn't. I regret that decision. Their concern was it's mileage was too high and that the 1.3 is unreliable. This car used to break down all the time back then but once I took over its maintenance it hasn't broken down till recently. The reason it has broken down, was due to it's mileage or it's 1.3 engine.

The first time, the alternator stopped charging the battery because its brushes were finished. Well I guess that could be mileage related but I have a Mazda bakkie with double it's mileage and it's never had this problem so I didn't anticipate it. This time which is only the second time in 7 years that it's broken down was the radiator. Had I bought it, it would have been as reliable as a typical car it's age.

I really don't want it sold. Selling a fully operational paid off car to be in debt for another one doesn't seem like a good idea to me, just because the old one broke down twice in 7 years. Other people, cars are just tools for the job and they don't represent anything beyond that and if they seem unreliable even if statistically they aren't really they get rid of them. I wish I had money to pay it's worth and keep it but I don't, and I can't make a convincing argument why it should stay. Like most things in my life that I really wanna keep but have no means to do so, I'm gonna have to just let it go. I hope its bought by someone out of town so I don't have to see it around town. My biggest fear with cars, is always seeing your old car being mistreated and being powerless to do anything about it.

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