Ode to the Sentra | VailDaily.com

Ode to the Sentra

Tamara Miller

It’s not that I’m lazy. It’s just that nothing has seemed blog-worthy lately.

I know it’s been awhile since I posted anything here. For some reason, my columns are relatively easy to write. The blogs? Not so much. Until now.

This weekend, I bought a new car.

This probably means little to most of you. Americans buy new cars everyday. Not me, though. For the past 11.5 years I had been driving the same car – a 1992 Nissan Sentra that my parents purchased for me in 1994. I was a junior in high school.

That car saw me through my high school graduation, my first internship, my college graduation, my first “real” job, my wedding, my move to California and my move back to Colorado.

Hey, it was paid for. Why buy something new?

Then, about two weeks ago, she wouldn’t start. And before you accuse me of lacking commitment, let me just share this: This had happened before. Several times before. Sure, after a tow to the mechanic and a few hundred dollars, the car would be up and running again, albeit a little slower, a little shakier than before. When it happened this time, all I could see was dollar signs. I decided to pull the plug. Time to let her go.

She’s not gone, though. Even though I purchased a new car last Friday (one from this decade, with power locks and windows – whoppee!), the Sentra is still sitting in the parking lot of my husband’s office, dead. Which begs the question: how do you get rid of a money pit without putting any more money in it? I’m still trying to figure it out.

In the meantime, I’m loving the keyless entry function on my new car. It doesn’t give me whiplash when the automatic transmission shifts from first to second gear. And it has four-wheel drive which means I’ll no longer get stuck in the snowpacked, ice-covered Vail Daily parking lot when I’m trying to leave at the end of the day.

Despite all this, I don’t know if I’ll ever feel the same way about this car, or any car, as I did with the Sentra. Air conditioning or not, she served me well.

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