I feel like I should make a quick update to my list of cars I've drove.
- I traveled to a nearby city during christmas, and I got there driving the 15' Renault Sandero 1.6 from the previous journal. The car was fully loaded, but fared well on the road. On city streets, it feels comfortable. Heh, quite more comfortable than my current car.
- Talking about my current car, I went down south during the New Years' Eve. It's 750kms to go, and another 750kms to come back. Air-conditioning wasn't working during the first part of the trip. It wouldn't bother me that much I don't use the a/c much, but it's been awfuly hot, hot like hell here in Brazil. It was tiresome, me and my girlfriend were almost boiled inside the car, even with the open windows. As soon as I arrived in the south, I found a place to get the air-conditioning fixed.
When it was ready, my father got the car to test. When he arrived, I hear from him "(..) the accessory belt snapped right after I left the repair shop". "It didn't damage the engine, and they'll fix what went wrong." he told me.
I was worried to hear such news, but the engine wasn't hurt, so I tried to keep calm.
The day after, the car was with me, working properly, and the air-conditioning was back.
2014-2015 parties, yep, yep.
The day before the travel to come back home, we noticed the Gol was leaking something, somewhere.
Problem: a crack in the windshield washer tank.
When I arrived home, a new tank was bought and installed.
Some days after that, I washed the car.
When I was done with cleaning it, the engine decided not to start.
The starter was working, but the engine insisted on not starting. It decided to backfire, and the exhuast made banging noises. POW - POW loudly.
I tried to find out what was wrong. I decided to wait for the next day, maybe the problem would vanish by itself.
Nope. In the next morning, the Gol was backfiring, and the engine wouldn't start.
I called my mechanic and asked for help.
It didn't work.
After hours trying to start the car, I gave up.
For the first time in my life, I was calling for a tow truck.
Diagostic: wet fuel distributors and another wet parts.
They were removed and dried. The car was back to life.
...but the windows now don't go up when the alarm is activated.
And the hodometer decided to go back almost 6.000kms on its own. It's a recurring problem this.
Some may notice there's an addition to my list, a 2015 Toyota Etios X 1.3. I'll talk about it, and maybe talk about another possible addition to the list, in the next journal.
-----UPDATE, JANUARY 26th 2015-------
Adding 2011 Fiat Uno Sporting 1.4 to the list.
To be part of the next journal, alongside the 2015 Toyota Etios X 1.3.
That said, my "Cars I Drove" list looks like this:
Driven for more than 1.000 km:
1999 Volkswagen Gol CL 1.6 Mi
2001 Fiat Palio EX 1.0
2001 Chevrolet Vectra Challenge 2.2 16v MPFI
2004 Citroën C3 GLX 1.6
2008 Volkswagen Jetta Variant 2.5 20v Tiptronic
2009 Ford Focus GLX (Mk.I) 1.6
Driven for 500 km - 1.000 km:
1996 Chevrolet Corsa Wind 1.0
2003 Chevrolet Corsa Classic 1.6 Automático
Driven for 100 km - 500 km:
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2 V8
2008 Renault Sandero Authentique 1.0 16v
2009 Volkswagen Golf Sportline 1.6
2010 Chevrolet Celta Life 1.0 VHCE
2011 Chevrolet Celta LT 1.0 VHCE
2015 Renault Sandero Expression 1.6 (level up!)
Driven for 50 km - 100 km:
2006 Volkswagen Santana 1.8 Mi
2009 Renault Mégane Sedan Dynamique 1.6 16v
2010 Toyota Corolla Sedan XEi 2.0 16v
2012 Renault Fluence Dynamique 2.0 16V X-Tronic
Driven for 10 km - 50 km:
1989 Volkswagen Parati Surf 1.8
2000 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (MT) Iced Teal Pearl
2000 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (MT) Taffeta White
2002 Fiat Mille Fire 1.0
200? Mk.IV Volkswagen Gol 1.0
2008 Mitsubishi L200 Outdoor HPE 4X4 2.5
2011 Citroën C3 GLX 1.4 Flex 8v
2011 Nissan March 1.0S
Driven for less than 10 km:
1995 Chevrolet Corsa Wind EFI 1.0
1997 Fiat Palio EDX 1.0
199? Chevrolet S-10 Standard Cab
1999 Volkswagen Parati CL 1.6 Mi
1999 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (AT) Thunder Grey Metallic
2000 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (MT) Thunder Grey Metallic
2001 Renault Clio Sedan RN 1.0 16v
2004 Volkswagen Gol Power 1.0
2005 Toyota Corolla Fielder 1.8
200? Volkswagen Fox 1.0
200? Peugeot 307
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.5L V6 4WD
2011 Mitsubishi L200 Savana 2.5 4X4 **
2011 Fiat Uno Sporting 1.4 (new!)
2012 Toyota Corolla Sedan Altis 2.0
2014 Volkswagen take up! 1.0
2015 Toyota Etios X 1.3 (new!)
Barely driven (simple maneuvers / less than 1 km):
198? Volkswagen Voyage
1998 Fiat Mille CS 1.0
199? Ford Ka 1.0
2009 Chevrolet Meriva Maxx 1.4
2009 Citroën C4 Pallas 2.0
200? Mk.VII Toyota Hilux SRV 4X4 3.0
2010 Chevrolet Agile LTZ 1.4
2011 Fiat Uno Mille Fire Economy 1.0
2013 Ford Fiesta Mk.VI 1.0
((**Although I didn't drove the 2011 Mitsubishi L200 Savana 2.5 4X4 for more than 1 km, it doesn't go to the "Barely Driven" category, because it was driven at an off-road event, which I can't describe as an "everyday-drive"))