I can’t believe how emotional I was about my car. It was a 2001 Nissan Xterra – the first new car I ever bought. I’d always had to buy used cars before that. My brother’s advice: if you keep a car for 15 years, buy new. Good idea.
I put over 237,000 miles on it – freeways to off-road trips in the desert. It never let me down. After 16 years though, more and more things had to be replaced and we finally hit the tipping point. Time to get a new car. Shock: they no longer make Xterras.
After some research I chose a Honda CR-V last November. It’s nice, but it’s not the Xterra.
I was surprised how difficult it was to let the Xterra go. Friends have assured me this is not unusual. Still. Taking it to my mechanic to sell for me, I could barely speak. It felt as if I was taking an old, loved dog to the pound after getting a new puppy.
I’m enjoying the CR-V – it’s more fuel efficient and more comfortable, but I still look longingly at Xterras on the road.