We have made the tearful decision to put the old Chevy Astro out to pasture. After 3 years and about 75,000 km, we've decided we got our money's-worth with this $1000 vehicle.
Our beloved 1993 Astro, with nearly 320,000 km, has been a faithful family member since we purchased it from a friend-of-a-friend who was moving his family to New Zealand. We were in need of a van for cheap and they were in need to unload it quickly so the deal worked well for both parties.
In 2006, the van failed its emissions test so we took a conditional pass with the assumption we would only drive it until it was due another inspection (2008). We'd hoped to make it last until the mid-summer, but with some much-needed engine work and a high price tag on that work, we've decided to cut our losses and bid farewell.
We'll spend the next couple of months as a one-car-family. It's been a while since we've done this and it was much easier before Elizabeth was working and the boys were in school. Nonetheless, we've decided the fiscally responsible thing to do is to wait a couple of months before pulling the trigger on another vehicle. If we delay into warmer weather, I should be able to get my electric scooter out of the garage in the spring months and maybe we can last even longer. We'll see....