I bought my Loyale in...'08? I think? Got it from one of those shady dealer places. Started driving it home and the upper radiator hose burst--towed home before I even had the title in my hand .
That winter I drove it to Michigan (from San Francisco) for Christmas. That was through a 'record setting blizzard'. Averaged 30mph and 30mpg from Winnemucca, NV to Laramie, WY. In Laramie the freeway was closed, that's the only reason I stopped.
On the way back to California on that trip I hoofed it--I think my time was 37 hours door to door, including a drop south to I-70 to pick up some furniture that paid my gas home (or was supposed to...it didn't, long story).
I packed it full of (literally) everything I owned a year or so later when I moved. Spent several weeks going from SF, Phoenix, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver...in Denver a friend put me up (and the car eventually broke down--I took that as a sign that this was my new home).
Since then I've driven to Los Angeles and back, that trip was also a 'record cold' and it was snowing to within about 30 miles of Vegas iirc. That was nuts. The heater is weak, but I've never been particularly cold (save one occasion that was...well, a lack of foresight on my part. Don't leave California in Sandals if you know you are heading to Wyoming in December...yeah...).
I figure I've done at least 10k miles of road trips, and a metric **ton commuting in between.
I love my car. My friends ask me why I don't have a newer car...I say...why? I love this one!
Edited by man on the moon, 06 April 2013 - 08:27 PM.