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We Had To Upgrade The Dogs’ ‘Wheels’ — Still A Ford, Much Newer & Fancier.

by Anura Guruge


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Well getting a 2004 Ford Exploder, with 192,000, albeit from our trusted mechanic who vouched for it, was a bit of a gamble — but he only wanted $650. Well, on Wednesday of this week he too it back from us and gave us $250. So, the Exploder cost us $400. Was probably marginally worth it. We did use it. It was our run-about in bad weather, for the dump and hauling the dogs around.

We were told, when we bought it, that one of the back wheel bearings needed replacing every 10,000 miles. We did not plan to ever put 10K miles on it. So, that was the gamble. As always happens to I, it was NOT that bearing that went. It was the battery and a front wheel bearing. ‘He’, my ‘man’, wanted $520 to fix all of it. That did not make sense.

But, it is damn cold up here right now and we are getting a lot of snow. I did not want to be stuck without having another run around …

Time was in the essence and I hate spending time looking for cars. Long time ago I bought a rather expensive, new Cadillac on the phone — 120 miles away in MA — and the salesman kept on saying “you sure you want to buy this without seeing it?”.

Well this is a 2008 Taurus and I did buy it over the phone. Kind of worked out — I think. This time, however, I paid big bucks for an extended warranty that covers wheel bearings.

Got it yesterday. Still early days. Took the dogs for a decent drive today. They seem to like it. That is good.


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by Anura Guruge

We Got An Old Ford “Truck” Just For The Dogs.

by Anura Guruge


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He worked out that we might be going to McDonald’s. He was RIGHT. He got his burgers — yes, they each get two.

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Yes, we got a 2004 Ford Exploder with 192,000 miles just for the two dogs. Since we got rid of our 2002 Chrysler Caravan in April 2018 the dogs haven’t had a vehicle of their own. This isn’t too much of an issue when they are dry and clean. They can go in the Nissan Quest. The issue is when they are soaking wet — like after they have been swimming in the lake. So, we got them the Ford. Now we can take them to the beach and bring them back — without me having to walk them back.

The Exploder was filthy inside. Teischan spent hours cleaning it — for a price. She did a great job. Once it was clean she wanted to take the dogs for a ride in their car. We ended up going to McDonald’s. They did not complain. They like their car.

Now we have 6 cars — all inspected, registered and insured.


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by Anura Guruge