In any event, I thought this would be a quick fix, until I started to drive to my evening obligation. That's when I realized driving the car felt like operating a Whirlyball car. Not good! Well, after the other driver's insurance company threatened to total my car, I ended up in a rental Hyundai Santa Fe. I thumbed my nose at the giant, gas guzzling SUV until I started getting used to the power windows, keyless entry, power locks, hatchback door.... The White Lightning was awesome! Of course, he also drove like a swaying boat, cost me over $150 in gas over the course of 3 weeks, and required skillful maneuvering in the parking garage. But I'd been seduced. My next car may likely be a 5 door Hyundai Accent. 138 horsepower, 5 year roadside assistance, 100,000 mi warranty... ahh what luxury!
I finally got Zippy back last week. He has a brand new headlight, suspension, front bumper, and some other shiny things. While all the bells and whistles were nice and convenient, I think I'll be keeping Zippy for a while longer. He's been trouble free since the start, and has a good 5-7 years left in him.