Tonight, I’m not writing about a car that I actually drove, but rather about my wife’s first car. Turns out that we she got her driver’s license, she had trouble borrowing the family car, so resolved there and then to purchase a vehicle. She lived with her parents in the suburbs at the time, and having a car to get around was crucial.
She saved up the money to buy the car by not cashing her paychecks, cashed them all at the same time and paid the car cash. It was a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier, with the Z24 trim package, and she paid $500 for it, back in 2000 or 2001. By her account it was a pretty peppy car, but that wasn’t its greatest charm.
It had a sunroof! And the day after she bought it, she was driving on the highway and the sunroof detached and flew off, shattering in a thousand pieces. Needless to say, she was quite annoyed! Fortunately, a friend’s father was a tinkering engineer, and was only too happy to cut up some sheet metal, weld it in the hole, grind and smooth the whole mess and paint over. I can’t imagine that it was perfect, but it kept the weather out. I’m told that he even fixed the inside, stretching fabric or whatever it was over the hole.
Anyways, she drove the car for about 6 months. How could she an awesome automobile be driven for only 6 moths, I hear you ask. Let me tell you. It was hardly new, and it is probable that the engine was burning a little oil. Now, that’s not really a problem (it’s not ideal, don’t get me wrong) but if you’re aware of the situation, you add a little bit of oil once in a while and you’re OK.
This being her first car, she had no idea that you even needed to change the oil, let alone add some occasionally, so this beautiful 1990 Chevy Cavalier Z24 died an undignified death on the side of the highway, when it’s engine seized up.
Kind of sad, actually. But the body was still good, and the garage she sold it too eventually put another engine in it and sold it.