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Friday, 24 April 2020

Goodbye baby Wagoneer

We could say we have arrived at the end of an era.  In 2002 when we went to pick up our "new" Wagoneer, we thought we'd just drive the car for a few years, but we never imagined it would be so many. It was such a big and compicated car, compared to the other cars. But it just kept going and it was such a strong and useful vehicle, after some years we couldn't imagine going without.
 We drove it to Spain in 2003 with the rooftop tent.
 We drove the car to spots no car was supposed to go
 It often transported kayaks on the roof rack
 In dry and wet weather.
Living outdoors and being used on the salted winter roads too, rust was inevitable and rust repairs were necessary once in a while. I knew this couldn't last for ever like this.
 The car was a good tow vehicle and  the Seven was trailered to events annually as well as other cars that needed to be hauled out of trouble or hibernation.
This time car just stopped in the middle of the road and would not start again. For the first time it left us stranded with no way to restart. An extensive electric short disabled the car thoroughly as if telling us it was enough. Together with a list of rust and mechanical repairs and rising cost of taxes and fuel it was just not practical to fix, so now it was time to say goodbye to the old Wagon. They don't make them like that anymore.