We bought a car yesterday. It’s a 2005 Saturn Ion 3. It has about 11,000 miles on it and cost us about $10,000. It’s bright white. The dealership gave us only $300 for our old 1998 Saturn SL1, about what we expected for a car with a severe engine problem.
I hate the car shopping process almost as much as I hate car trouble. It took most of the day, and we didn’t even scratch the surface in terms of shopping around or doing research.
The Ion meets our most important requirement: It comfortably accommodates both Xy and me despite our foot and a half height difference. Other than that, I’m not crazy about it, and neither is Consumer Reports. But I think it will do the job of getting us around.
Our plan is to consider trading it in after about three years for something newer. The experiences of 2005 taught us how important having a reliable automobile can be if you live in New Orleans. I think our days of driving old beaters into the ground are gone.