Sixteen years ago this coming weekend, we moved to our spot on the side of the mountain here in Roanoke County. One of the first things that we did was to buy our 1990 Nissan Axxess. It was all wheel drive as opposed to four wheel drive, had an economical four cylinder engine and sliding rear seat doors on both sides. It also had a five speed manual transmission which meant it was fun to drive. With three valves per cylinder, it had plenty of performance for its size. We now have 75,000 miles on Little Limo and it is still going strong.
It took our kids to play soccer, hockey, and whatever sports that they were involved in at the time. It was our pony car in which our youngest daughter learned how to change from horse riding garb to her dancing clothes while riding to town from the barn.
That first winter Little Limo was an absolute work horse. As mere four wheel drives ended up in the ditch on the very steep hill where we live, Little Limo would go chugging on by leaving them in a cloud of snow.
Then when things really got tough and the road became coated with an inch of pure ice, I fitted some old tire chains to Little Limo. With chains on all four wheels I could go up and down our dangerous ice covered hill without any problems. I ferried people up and down the hill for ten days or so.
I've only had to put the chains on three or four additional times since that first year, but it's comforting to know that they're always available with a little additional work.
I actually wouldn't take an even trade of a Hummer for Little Limo. We get over twenty miles to the gallon in town with the Nissan Axxess so it's a great car to have around. Nissan only made the car for a couple of years, so it is irreplaceable. We took it over to Advance Auto today to buy some new windshield wiper blades so we can have it inspected for another year.
I'm not sure how many towns have Advance Auto stores that are open twenty four hours a day, but being the headquarters city, we do.
So lots of luck with your Hummers, I'll stick with Little Limo.