My wife, after looking at our bank statements for the past 3 months, has told me "your old wagon has about $250 a month in maintenance costs and we're looking at tires next month and the valve adjustment and new belts soon. Can we just look at getting something newer? At this point a payment wouldn't be terribly bad if it's under $400."

She wants an element — I told her that, fine — if we can find a decent 5-speed element with low miles, 4wd (2 dogs and a strong desire for camping...), and maybe Honda Certified or whatever for under $16k, let's do it. We can get $2500 for the wagon and we have about $3500 in savings to put down. So maybe the old Accord will be going away...

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Maybe I'll talk her into the lift kit and some fat tires...

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