Friday, June 22, 2007


Why oh why .......oh why is it every time we prepare for vacation, something happens with the van to stress me out. We leave Sunday morning for Chicago. As of 2 pm today my van decided not to start.... at all. It is probably a good thing it won't start because I am not kidding right now if I could push it to the street, I would shove all my weight into it to force it to roll down the freaking hill into the lake.

It started out as an ok day. (well ok should have known going to turn to crap day) Realized first thing upon waking that Mark forgot to take his pill.... I MUST TAKE IT TO HIM FOR MY BENEFIT. haha so I get the girls up and we go to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. When get there I find out he accidentally took the house phone to work so I have to bring that home (first clue to day) Stop by bank to get cash for trip, the make us late to Ash's Camp (clue 2) drop her, go to walmart to get oil change, only they said they are running over an hour behind do I want to wait? UMM No (Clue 3) so I go to the oil place up the street a bit and it cost $31!! I usually pay about $20 and that includes cleaning windows and vacuuming! Go home and start printing coupons for trip.

I go get Ash and decide to clean inside of van. I clean and clean. I drop the vacuum attachments under the van. I try to start van to move to get piece and van won't start. Its making some clicking noise. I don't know maybe the batter is dead but then the lights, clock, radio , and air wouldn't work would they?? I am pretty sure this isn't the first time this has happened. I just don't remember what Mark ended up doing. Sigh.... This comes on the heels of just this week, (well and all of last week and some of the week before ) fighting with the Chrysler Company and Bob Brady to figure out the deal with my door locks that won't work.

Just to make this interesting lets look at all the things that have gone wrong with our 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan before a trip!

Right after purchase, put seat in floor to make room for dogs to go to Missouri........ the seat won't come back up
Right before a trip the entire rubber seal on 2nd driver door completely came off.
Right before the wedding last summer we put a tape in the NEVER USED tape deck and it made some horrible noise that wouldn't stop even with the van off so we had to immediately take to dealership to have radio unplugged and they had to order new one entirely.
Right before we went to St. Louis at the beginning of this month for Ash's B day, the locks quit working. As in if you push the lock button on either remote, or door, they won't lock or unlock. This also means we have no way of locking or unlocking the back hatch door. It kind of decides what mode its going to be in and we can't do anything to change it. They did fix this (as mentioned before) but it quit working again two days later.
Right before I went to NC last fall, it started putting out this funky noise when turning corners. Now we actually don't know what this was, It only did it for that trip.

Now this is only vacations. For everyday use we have other issues from time to time to deal with. OH WELL........... so goes life right??
Thanks to everyone for letting me vent. Sigh I guess I will go mop floors and clean bathroom and calm down until Mark can get home to jump me....... the battery that is because I am sure that's the problem causing the near tears.


Alexis Jacobs said...

I am so sorry you have so much trouble with your POS van. I hope you guys have an awesome vacation.

it's me, Val said...

Sorry to hear about all your problems with the car! :( I can't wait to hear about vacation. Hope it was great.