@cengland0@medz@PhysAssist There is a panhandler I pass frequently who only wears shorts and no socks. And that includes the few days we had below freezing - he doesn’t ever seem cold though as he never zips his various jackets.
@spitfire6006006 Especially the high-centering in our Honda Fit when the DPW doesn’t plow adequately [which is mostly]. It’s front wheel drive and gets snow tires put on in late fall, so it’s otherwise great in the snow, just not >6" of unplowed snow or slush, as is often the case for a day or two after it snows here.
@duodec We also have an all-wheel drive Honda Element and a 4-WD Ford truck, but it’s usually less convenient to drive them than the Fit, due to issues of gas mileage- except in winter.
We live on a rural road, in upstate [Western] NY with an approx. 1000 foot long driveway with an s-curve on the final approach hill- we have to have “real” cars to be able to go anywhere in the winter.
/giphy real car
@CaptAmehrican@shahnm those iguanas have overrun certain areas and they are invasive, so I wouldn’t worry too much. People can scoot them into the sun and they’ll be fine most of the time, but honestly, the wildlife would be better if some of them perished.
@FrostByte Actually I don’t really mind driving on snow, especially packed snow.
I just hate trying to drive through/on slush and ice- as occurs after the DPW idjits salt the roads before the temps drop below the 20’s- which they do regularly here.
/giphy slip-sliding away
Getting out of/shoveling/salting the gravel drive was a pain. The drive is steep and every year, because of a cornfield across the road, massive amounts of rain wash deep trenches in my drive. And one side drops off. Then snow. And ice. Couple with a 2000lb Saturn to get out. Never fun. I’ve had it slide off and towed back on at least twice in six years. Might have been three
But the poor old girl started throwing a rod bearing this fall so I bought an even older ford expedition for $400. Who’s AWD/4WD still works. Haven’t had to shovel yet. And she can tow. Do need it to warm up to do lots of fluid/filter changes and investigate some Gremlins. But so far so good.
@therealjrn suffice it to say I would not have minded having a gremlin but that was probably before me an I meant the WWII monsters villans/weird issues you dig into in systems. You know. The ones they imagined on the a wings of planes.
So far an acclaim with a bad head gasket I fixed then bought off my dad for $500 in highschool.
Then that car got wrecked so I swapped the engine into the parts car in the middle of winter. It made it through the end of highschool.
Then the Saturn at the beginning of college. She was a 99 and I got her in 04 for like $1650. and made it another 15 years after I bought her to ~250K miles. She’s technically not dead yet. But I already swapped the transmission from my dad’s dead Saturn (very easy) and the cheapest route is a used engine.
But she runs and the expedition runs. I know not everyone enjoys it but if you’re good at it and have bought most of the tools. Because they were cheaper than a service call. And you had the time. It’s not a bad hobbey.
I bet I should replace the intake manifold gaskets on The expedition based on current codes but she’s not dead and I could get scrap value which was I paid. And it’s not warm enough yet. Hopefully she holds on