The car is misbehaving.
It has travelled 220,000 miles with me, and I have vowed to drive it until it drops. Mainly because I like the car. Also because I do not want to pay car payments again. Also I get ornery when people [okay mainly my mother] tell me I should look into getting a new car.
A couple of years ago, the air-conditioning broke down, and I did not wish to spend $800 to fix it, so I suffer in the summers with open windows and not driving between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm.
Lately, 4th gear decides to disengage for no logical reason, and re-engages in no logical pattern that I can find. This usually occurs when I start the car, and no amount of hitting the little button on the side of the gear shift as the instruction manual tells me to do makes any difference. It re-engages when it wants to.
The other night I was driving home from the airport and 4th gear disengaged while I was tooling along on the entrance to the highway. This was disconcertingly new.
So, I take the car to the shop today. And I hope it is no big deal and no big $ to fix this.
Or else it may be time to say, ‘bye trusted volvo, first car I ever chose for myself and owned. It’s been a nice ride.”