I have never given my vehicles a name. Take that back, the only one named was the boat. “Risky Business” is a name that associates our business with our fun. But car and motorcycle wise, no names.
Then one day a friend of ours mentioned that when she saw the 2007 Dodge Nitro she thought of “Sponge Bob Square…. Truck” and from that moment on, the Dodge Nitro has been called “Bob” (a Palindrome too)!
Well, Bob has been a good vehicle. Got him new and he has just passed 130,000 miles. That is actually longer than I have ever kept a vehicle too. He drives great, does what’s needed and has been all over the country. And even though he’s not very big he is able to take Risky Business, the sailboat, the couple miles from our house to the marina in the spring and back home in the fall.
But this year, Bob was due for new tires (74,000 miles out of the last set) and a once over before the snow and ice hits Iowa. But before that happened he started to lose his “cool”…or should I say heat. We had a cold spell and the heater in Bob was not producing much warmth. Not too big of a problem getting from home to the office or running errands, but still cold.
Then we started getting forecasts for arctic cold combined with ice and snow, so I decided it was time to take Bob to the local Dewey Dodge “Spa and Hospital” for a good fix up. Good news and bad news resulted.
New BF Goodrich AT tires look great (wanted raised white letter but too hard to find them. Guess that’s not popular anymore) and the rest of the service went well but the heater core was plugged some how.
Rescheduled Bob for a follow up visit yesterday to get the heater core changed out. Took them longer than planned because of a few additional items needed, but the biggest surprise was a call from the service writer (Thanks Brian) and the accompanying picture.
Remember the ads about the Dodge Nitro and how when it was jump starting another car it blew the other car up? (This should be a link to a copy of the ad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLfhHyxwNK8)
By the way there is another ad where the Dodge Nitro shocks (fried actually) dogs that are peeing on his wheels… looks like Chrysler pulled that ad, but, I could see Bob doing that.
Well, apparently Bob the Dodge Nitro really did blow his cool. The heater core actually has a hole blown out of it. I wondered why it was dripping fluid on the garage floor. No one one has ever seen anything like this. It has a huge hole blown from the inside out, ragged edges and all. Take a look at the picture.
Weird huh? Apparently that makes Bob a special vehicle, no one has ever seen anything like it. Cool…Bob the Nitro has just gotten some “street cred”! Of course if he blew something up with Nitrous, it might be a little better but have to take what you can.
Okay, down side to all this, the repairs and all the new parts has not been cheap. Although it is cheaper than a new vehicle. And ultimately, Bob will keep the windows clear and the inside warm after this experience. Thanks Miguel!