Did I get rid of Cardachrome for the wrong reasons?

I recently received news that my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS, commonly nicknamed “The Blackbird,” is part of a nationwide recall.  Apparently the ignition switch, when bumped, can cause the car to actually shut down in mid-drive – or, in rare cases, it could cause the car to shift into accessory mode, which would mean if that car crashed, the airbags wouldn’t deploy.  Here’s the link from Jalopnik.

Oh well… I’ve never noticed any problems with the Blackbird’s ignitions, but if General Motors says there’s an issue, I’d better believe it.  So I guess it’s time for a new ignition setup.  All I have to do is wait for the ignition replacements to arrive at my local Chevrolet dealership, then I set up an appointment, drive in, they take a couple of hours, and on the road I go.

Just my luck.  I purchased my Cobalt because I needed to get away from the electrical problems I had with my previous car, and – hey, wait a minute.  Let me take a look at the cars that are part of the recall requests.

… the recalls included the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Pursuit (Canada); the 2003-2007 Saturn Ion; the 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR; the 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice; and the 2007 Saturn Sky.

Oh crap.  Cardachrome was part of the recalls.

Cardachrome, my 2005 Saturn Ion, might have had one of those faulty ignition switches – which would explain why the car sometimes lost power on the highway; it would just shut off and I could just barely get the car off the road in time before it stopped cold.  Then I’d pull the key out, count to five, put the key back in, cross my fingers, and hoped the car would start again.

I could have held on to Cardachrome.  Or better yet, I could have paid Cardachrome completely off and then, as I had originally planned, I could have driven the car cross-country and gifted the vehicle to my car-needing daughter Cassaundra.  But at the time, I didn’t know why Cardachrome was losing electrical power, and I didn’t feel safe giving a time bomb of a car to my daughter.

Of course, now I’m thinking that I could have held on to Cardachrome for another year.  But I didn’t know about the recall.  As far as I knew, Cardachrome was having electrical issues for any number of reasons.  Was it a Katrina car?  I don’t know.  Was the car in some damage that was never reported to a monitoring service like CarFax?  I don’t know.

And the other possibility is that one day Cardachrome could just shut off… in mid-travel… and never wake back up.  What if I’m out of town?  What if I’m in another country?  What if I was supposed to catch a plane or arrive for an appointment or something, anything?

I mean, I do love my current car.  I think the Blackbird is a great road vehicle.  It’s solidly built and it gets great gas mileage.  I definitely heart the vehicle.

But I still have some old feelings for Cardachrome.  You develop feelings for a car that’s been part of your life for three years.  I’ve chronicled adventures with my blue-green Ion in this blog, it even has its own category on the blogroll.

In the end… after all the thought… it’s probably best that I move forward.  I’ve gone as far as I could with Cardachrome.  I’ve gone sixteen months with my new Blackbird.  Heck, according to the bank where my car loan is financed, I’ve made so many “pay more than the minimum” payments, that my final maturity loan payment date actually moved up from November 2018 to August 2017.

I guess that even if I did get rid of Cardachrome, even if I said goodbye to that blue-green Saturn Ion… I’ve gone in a new direction in my life.

The choice is made.  For worse or for better, in any type of weather.