On the evening of Friday, September 23, 2011, while I was attempting to drive my wife to a cat shelter where she was doing volunteer work, the car suddenly died, and could not be restarted.
Had it towed home, then to my local garage, where it was diagnosed, but no prognosis could be given: The timing belt had broken. The reason no prognosis could be given was that, when the timing belt breaks on a Nissan Quest, it may or may not damage valves. If valves are damaged, the engine must be replaced. This will cost in the area of $3,500.00. The car, I'll point out, cost $2,500.
This morning, I discovered that the valves were damaged, the engine cannot be repaired, and if I'm spending that kind of money, it's not going to be on keeping a 12-year-old minivan going.
So, Rest In Peace, my metal friend, who faithfully brought me to and from work when I needed you.
Now, it's time to find a car we can afford, and the money to afford it.