Every car needs them

@sallypup (26295)
Moses Lake, Washington
April 20, 2017 1:00pm CST
My little Toyota is getting to be an old lady. She was made in 2004. I like to go in to a shop and have her looked at before I go on a long trip. I asked the mechanic to do an oil change and while he was at it, snoop around. I know, that is a dumb thing to tell a mechanic. So snooping was done. Report: you need front brake pads and then new drive belts along with that oil change and oh yeah, a new air filter. She was born in 2004. This is the first time her brakes have been messed with. First new brake parts. Those brake parts lasted a long time. Of course I said to go ahead and do the work. I have a mountain pass to contend with tomorrow. Lots of long, steep hills to brake down and I will want some real attitude when I do. So get 'er done, please!
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@TheHorse (62141)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Apr 17
He's probably telling the truth. Toyotas run forever if you give them just a little love. So do Nissans.
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• United States
20 Apr 17
Toyotas are very reliable! Also Honda's too!
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@Happy2BeMe (74253)
• Canada
20 Apr 17
I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla. She's a tough little car.
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• Meerut, India
20 Apr 17
Toyota is such a good car in less budget... A perfect car for a middle class family... It's suspension engine and everything is perfect to go on a ride with friends and family and enjoy our day
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@dragon54u (31608)
• United States
20 Apr 17
Aren't Toyotas wonderful?! I bought my Corolla in 2005, the first and probably last new car I'll ever have. I'm 63 now so this is probably my last car. I had to take in in for a recalled air bag last week and they told me I would need new brakes soon. That is the first time I've ever heard I need new brakes in 12 years! I have not spent anything on this car except routine maintenance like oil changes. It's been a great car and will probably last till I can no longer drive. I'm glad you take it in to get checked before a long trip, that is good common sense and has probably saved you a lot of trouble and money!
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@sallypup (26295)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Apr 17
@dragon54u The new Corollas looks so huge to me. Of course, I zip around in a 2 door Echo so most other Toyotas do look large to me. Your Corolla sounds awesome. The most trouble I've had with this car was caused by the dealership!! They did not do the oil change correctly and next morning I found an oil leak. At that time the car had only 10 thousand miles on it so I went right back and complained.
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@dragon54u (31608)
• United States
20 Apr 17
@sallypup Oh, you were lucky! I got a few feet from Walmart and my son stopped me. He pushed the car back into the bay and confronted the oil change guy who had left the cap off!!!!! I mean, how do you do that?! I never went back to Walmart. I hate dealerships. The last time I was there, last week, I stood there while they erased all my email and phone information as well as my address. Because last year I went there for a free oil change and it took me 3 months and a call to corporate headquarters to get them to quit calling me to sell me a car! I HATE that!! Rant over. I'm just so glad that our Toyota sweeties are still running!
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@sallypup (26295)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Apr 17
@dragon54u The dealership that messed up the oil change wanted to give me a free car wash as compensation. Stupid dim wits. Thank heavens I noticed the oil leak- I bought the car so that I would not have leaking issues that could harm animals then I found a nasty spot. I have had bad issues with Walmart and their eye glass place so I do not trust them. Not one bit.
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• United States
20 Apr 17
Brakes is something you definitely need when going over a mountain hope you enjoy your trip and can relax knowing the car is in good shape
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@sallypup (26295)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Apr 17
@Marilynda1225 There are some long and steep places that give me the creeps- one is too near a cliff for my stomach to be delighted about. I will think of you as I work my way through that area.
• Otis Orchards, Washington
20 Apr 17
Many mechanics today "snoop around" even if you don't ask them to. It's good to get everything fixed before you leave so you're not stranded somewhere waiting for a tow truck. My car was born in 2003 and my pickup was born in 1989. (I bought my car used in 2005 and my pickup new in 1989.)
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@sallypup (26295)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Apr 17
@RichardMeister I love pick ups. I would not mind having a 1960s pickup but would not want to pay for the up keep.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
21 Apr 17
@sallypup I rarely drive my pickup. My pickup is all I had to drive until I bought my car in 2005.
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@sallypup (26295)
• Moses Lake, Washington
21 Apr 17
@RichardMeister I really should have a pickup or van cause it would make hauling hubby's board projects easier. Right now we bother a friend when we need stuff hauled. He really is doing nothing other than watching tv but still he might be sick of us and our projects.
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• Rochester, New York
20 Apr 17
At least you have your car in top working order for this trip your taking.
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@sallypup (26295)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Apr 17
@LisaSteinmetz Agreed. A lot of the driving will be between towns and I am not up for long hikes to possible help.
• Banks, Oregon
22 Apr 17
@sallypup yeah hiking for help is never fun
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@RasmaSandra (16566)
• Riga, Latvia
20 Apr 17
I had a red Hyundai Excel the dear car was born in 1987 came to Latvia with me and finally conked out here in around 1998. We sold her as scrap so at least we got a bit something for her. Hope your old lady gets back on her feet. You know I actually cried as the car was taken away
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@sallypup (26295)
• Moses Lake, Washington
20 Apr 17
@RasmaSandra I know about getting attached to cars. I do that, too.
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@CRK109 (14421)
• United States
21 Apr 17
The best car I ever had for being long lasting, was my Toyota. It outlasted every other car I'd ever had and never really failed me. Sounds like you have a great one there!
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@Corbin5 (99801)
• United States
20 Apr 17
Definitely wise to have all fixed and so that you ready to go without worry!!!
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@Kuttu_007 (1077)
• India
22 Apr 17
I think you love your car very much...
• Banks, Oregon
22 Apr 17
Hope they do good work and don't rip you off with the price