Should I get Murtle refurbished? I bought Murtle the Turtle several months before I set off for the journey to the Red Centre of Australia. I had little time in her – and still am learning about some of the knobs and features. I did drive it for 7500 kms and returned home safe and sound.
Before I departed I went to a Motor Mechanic and had things checked. I felt somewhat confident – but knew all along that something could go wrong. And of course, it did. I made it to Alice Springs without any problems, but then things changed.
Today I went back to the Motor Mechanic that did the check before I left – and I am going to get him to check on a few things and maybe fix a few. I have quite a list.
Initially, I am wanting to make sure Murtle is mechanically sound – that is the priority. Over the next few weeks, I will decide what I want to do with Murtle. There are some things about her that really are an issue for me.
I learned on a manual car and can manage the gears, but Murtle can be a challenge especially going up hills. I nearly freaked out going up the Toowoomba Range!!!! In fact Murtle stalled – briefly. I got her going again very quickly. My preference is for automatic transmission – but it will not be happening under my watch. Murtle will remain manual – but does that mean I will need to look at another vehicle?
Actually, while I am driving I am comfortable. I love being high up and having a wonderful vision of my surroundings. But getting in and out of the driver’s seat is a problem for me. My legs are too long, and I do have some pain in them and my feet.
Checking Oil and Water
The engine is between the driver and passenger seats. I have to move the driver’s seat forward – almost cutting my legs in half! Then there is some contortion for me – as it is not easy removing the “lid” and accessing the engine. I’m too old for it. It is not easy for me.
I’ll get the Engine checked and a few other things, and ponder what I will do. Will I endeavour to rectify the issues? Are they impossible and/or too expensive?
So I have a few decisions to make over the next few weeks.
Wait and see.