When Minivan Becomes The Answer

A lot of us start off life as parents knowing we need a vehicle with four doors, or at least four seats but regardless you quickly realize how space is a majorly important factor. We’ve been parents for over ten years and even when we were a family of three, we were quickly overwhelmed by […]

How a tune up turned into a cylinder head replacement – 5.2L Magnum FAIL

A few years ago, my father-in-law was looking to purchase a truck to use to haul stuff and use while he was in town. We found a Dodge Ram, that a friend of ours happened to own that he was looking to get rid of. It was a 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 Regular Cab, with the 5.2L Magnum V8 and an automatic transmission. I really ideal truck by my standards for trucks. His father was the original owner on it and while it was showing it’s age, it was in surprisingly decent shape overall for the asking price. It needed some TLC, but it seemed like it would serve the purpose just fine. My father-in-law went ahead and purchased it, then left it with me to go through and get it up to par so it could be somewhat reliable transportation.

50,000+ Miles with a 2015 Mazda CX-5

In 2017 I had just purchased my Infiniti Q50 to take over daily driver duties from my old faithful Nissan Pathfinder. It was the nicest and newest car I had ever purchased solely for myself to use. We had always kept my wife in the nicest car, as I was worried about her always having reliable transportation. At the time she had a 2014 Kia Sorento that had been serving us well for 5 years and over 90,000 miles. Fast forward two weeks after purchasing my Q50 and I managed to have an accident in the Sorento while driving it one of the rare times I did. Our insurance company ended up totaling it, which was a huge disappointment as it was nearly paid off and my wife really loved her Kia.

So we began searching for a new vehicle for her. I decided to call the salesman at the dealership I purchased the Q50 from to see what they had on the lot. We stopped by and test drove a couple of vehicles, but we ran across a very nice 2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD that they had just gotten in and it had been meticulously cared for, along with a recent expensive trip through their service department for a long list of services, new tires, and new brakes. The only drawback was that it was a little smaller than we were looking for, but otherwise it fit the bill and it was well under our price range, so after driving it we decided to purchase it.