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RIP Corolla

This weekend we said a fond farewell to my Toyota Corolla. I donated it to charity on Saturday. The tow truck driver asked “How long you been had this car?” The answer – I been had the Corolla since 1992. It’s been registered in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, and Illinois (again). It also spent three hard winters with me in Ann Arbor, MI. It’s been a reliable little car for the last 14 years, carrying me back and forth from the east coast to the midwest, and up and down the country from Pennsylvania to Florida. These last few years, despite being past the highway part of its life, it has afforded me the luxury of being able to park it wherever I want without worrying about dings or scratches or anyone wanting to steal it. Not to mention the blissful 14 years of no car payment. We’ll miss you, little car! (But we’ll also enjoy the tax deduction and the new car…)

Photos here.

{ 11 } Comments

  1. Courtney | November 20, 2006 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    It was bittersweet to say goodbye. We welcome the Matrix with open arms, but will fondly remember the times with the Corolla. Is its cigarette lighter proudly displayed on a knick-knacks shelf?

  2. Anne | November 20, 2006 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I, too, have a corolla. They are the car that refuses to die. Mine is a ’96 with 90,000 miles on it, and it refuses to do anything but run sweetly and beautifully. Therefore I cannot justify my lust for upgrading to the RAV4. I am jealous of your upcoming new purchase.

    Damn those Toyota’s and their long lives!

  3. Miranda | November 20, 2006 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    The new purchase has been made! Even before the Corolla went to its better place…for about a week we were a two-Toyota household!

    We are now enjoying the new 2007 Matrix – with its exciting modern conveniences – like power windows. And airbags.

  4. collene | November 20, 2006 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    And a radio that doesn’t require D batteries. Though, that was just for a brief period during my acquaintance with the Corolla.

    I miss you, Corolla, but your time had come. I have secret hopes that it will be rehabbed by the charity and we’ll see it on the street someday!

  5. Anne | November 20, 2006 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I am praying that Toyota does not incorporate an iPod feature into their dashboard. if they did I would be able to resist no more and would be forced to sell my paid off toyota and take on the auto loan on a RAV4.

    Sigh….you got power windows?… can I come over and play with them? i got power nothing in mine.

  6. Darx | November 27, 2006 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    That was a very emotional photo viewing experience for me, and oh, Toyota, I hardly knew ye! But, hey, now that you’ve got a new highway-worthy car, how about a visit to Cleveland? 🙂

  7. Miranda | November 27, 2006 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Totally! Road trip in 2007!

  8. tihuy | December 29, 2006 at 10:29 am | Permalink


  9. tihuy | December 29, 2006 at 10:32 am | Permalink

  10. Heather | June 20, 2007 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    That’s awesome! I am donating my little 1992 Toyota to charity tomorrow (I got her when she was 2). Although I love my new-to-me car. There is something about your first love…parting is a little bittersweet, even though my friends make fun of my old little car. Those are good little cars aren’t they?!

  11. Miranda | June 20, 2007 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    They’re the best!

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