Unhappy Saturn Owner

I am the original owner of my 2003 Saturn Ion. This was my second Saturn. My first, a 1995 SL1, was the first car that I had financed and paid for all by myself. For the most part, it was a good car. I had only traded it in because it was eight years old, a stick-shift and I was about to have a baby. So I went with brand loyalty and purchased the 2003 Saturn Ion.
In the past six years I have had a number of smallish issues with this car. First I blew turning lights early (like within the first year) and often (once a month or so). Saturn finally acknowledged the problem with a recall and fixed them problem. Since then I have problems with the air bag system, the back window, the water pump and various other things.
This morning was the last straw. I went out to start my car this morning only to have it not start. Lights came on but no crank. After rushing Chuck out of the house, I got to work on time and Olie off to school. I came home today and it started as if nothing was wrong! After some searching I discovered what seems like HUNDREDS of owners who have this problem (one website example has 75 entries: http://www.carsurvey.org/viewmorecomments_review_97661_1.html). Temperature drops below 30 and the pass key system fails. I have to wait until tomorrow morning to see if waiting 10-15 minutes and retrying the ignition will work. Wish me luck.

Incidentally, once we are able I will be getting a new car and it won’t be a Saturn.


Cheap Post

In an attempt to have at least one more post in 2008…

2008 brought some big changes to the Robinson household. We settled into our new house. Bought a new washer machine and even got it working by about half way through the year. Oliver started Kindergarten and Chuck started Bricklauncher. We learned that a new baby girl is on the way in 2009.

With that lead in, I definitely say that 2009 will bring even more changes…

I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2009!

Up and Running

Actually, I have been up and running for a week or so thanks to my crafty hubby.  He upgraded my 80gb drive to 250gb and created a 80gb external drive (aka the old drive) for about $100.  Here is the web site that explains it all: http://obscuredclarity.blogspot.com/2008/10/500gb-macbook-harddrive-upgrade-for.html.

Not only do I have a bigger drive, but the replacement drive is faster too.  Very cool.


It seems I have grown out of my hard drive.  Chuck found a hack that should save us a few bucks to get me into a bigger drive.  Until then I am keeping my activities limited to surfing.  I have some cool video of our trip to Stuart, but it will have to wait.

Wish me luck, I’ll keep you posted.

Back in Business

My sweet, adorable, little puppy almost became an ex-puppy earlier this week.  He chewed on the power cord of my laptop while it was plugged in (I thought he was chewing on his toy, also by my foot).  He is fine, the cord was toast.  $80 later, I am back on the laptop again.  I will be happy when we pass the teething stage.