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Out of Arizona

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by Ryan King

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LOL!

The Cobalt and I got back from Arizona last night.

She ran like a champ the whole way.

This evening I went out to fire her up and she wouldn't run. She couldn't even idle. The engine just burbled, belched until, finally, on my third attempt to get it running, it just died.

There really isn't any reason this should have happened based on the way she ran the entire trip.

The funny thing is, the demons were finally exorcised from the chassis. With the installation of the Moog joints it handled 50+ miles of extremely ugly roads without a whimper. The brakes even survived several mountain passes without the slightest complaint.

Heck, the windshield almost survived, too — this time, it was a rock kicked up by a semi on my way back. Smacked right into the passenger side lower quadrant. Put a nickel-sized chip in it.

Combine that with the break in that left glass all over the inside of the car and the repairs and maintenance are starting to add up to potentially astronomical levels.

To summarize the needed repairs after this trip:

I'm not superstitious in the least, but I'm starting to get a sneaking suspicion this car really isn't cut out to be a touring car no matter how many problems I resolve.

I guess I should start rubbing those nickels together harder.

Ryan

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