Cars and wives both serve a purpose.
Readership: Men; Single Men;
Theme: Risk Assessment
Length: 1,200 words
Reading Time: 4 minutes
I want to convey a little story, and then I’ll draw an analogy about picking a wife wisely.
Shopping for a Worthy Ride
Most automobiles these days have a limited service life of approximately 20 years or 200,000 miles (320,000 km.). Can you imagine what would happen to share prices if GM or Ford designed all of their trucks to have 25 year minimum service life? Some people can make them last that long through anal retentive attention to maintenance, but that is different than military grade overengineering to the extent that the average buyer can abuse the truck and still expect decades of service.
Are there any cars like that on the market?
Yes. Recently I bought a 1999 Land Cruiser.
The main reason I wanted to buy an old Land Cruiser is so that I could go off road camping in the nature reserves with my sons.
Land Cruisers of that era have the reputation in the states as an overpriced SUV. This is because Toyota did not cut costs by reducing the robustness of the parts used. Everything on it is heavy, and parts cost an arm and a leg if you buy OEM, which with a vehicle like a Land Cruiser, you’ll want to do because they last twice as long as the aftermarket parts. When you get into one, even a 23 year old model, you see the thought that went into engineering them.
Models made before 1997, which was the last year of the FJ80, had solid axles front and rear. The FJ100 series ran from 1997 to 2007 with a solid rear axle and independent front suspension.
They have options for front, center, and rear locking differentials. Factory rear lockers were an option for 1998-1999 model years, after which they switched over to a braking system called A-Trac to deal with the open differential issue when off camber. The 100s never came with a front locker, but it can be added aftermarket if you need it. I chose to purchase one older than the 2000 model year because I wanted the factory locker in the rear and I didn’t care so much about the A-Trac braking system.
I am a little jealous of the Land Cruiser options overseas. There is a diesel engine option that makes for an amazing rig that did not make it to the States.
The thing that impressed me the most was the size of the car, the size of the engine, and the weight, all of which are much bigger than it appears in photos. They are built to have a minimum 25 year service life and with the proper maintenance will last a half million miles. They also have some very unique and useful features. There are little things like oversized wheel bearings that you can pull out and repack with grease, zerks on the drive line that you grease every 10k miles or so, a fully boxed frame and oversized CV axles (mine are 1.37 inches in diameter which is massive). The skid plate on it is noticeably heavier than the one on my Tundra, even though it covers about 3/4s the area, and the difference in the gauge of steel used is readily evident to the naked eye.
All of the above is why I fell in love with the Land Cruisers and ended up busting my budget to get a good one that has been fairly well maintained with 230k miles on it. The transmission shifts are almost imperceptible and the engine idles as smooth as my GMC with 53k miles on it. It’s crazy.
I watched a video of a guy selling his 1997 FJ80. It had been lifted, had lots of aftermarket off road upgrades, was in very good shape and had 250k miles on it and he was selling it for $36,000. There is an ardent fanbase for these old Toyotas.
I did not pay anywhere near $20k for my J100, but I’m hoping that it will appreciate similarly because the features it has are desirable for those who are off road enthusiasts. As I continue to work on it and they become harder to find, it should at least maintain its value.
The Analogy of Two Rides
Since my head is preoccupied with used cars, I found that looking for a wife is very much like buying a used vehicle. It’s uncanny how similar the two endeavors are.
Year, make, and model matter in most cases. Her upbringing, family history, and where she comes from matters.
How the vehicle has been used and maintained matters. Her past history and how she’s maintained herself matters.
Researching a used vehicle thoroughly to see the service history helps mitigate the risk. Researching a woman through talking with those who know her and doing your own vetting help mitigate the risk.
All used vehicles have some wear from use, but low mileage inspected vehicles tend to be a good choice. All women have relationship wear because people sin against each other, so even a young virgin will have issues to overcome, but they’re usually minor and more easily dealt with.
When the vehicle is for sale, the owner does things to minimize the flaws. When a woman is trying to impress/attract a man and/or get married, she does things to minimize her flaws.
When a buyer is bargaining for a deal, he’ll emphasize the flaws. A wise man will focus more on a woman’s flaws and hangups to help himself see her more clearly and avoid pedestalizing her.
When buying a car, you should have an idea of what the car will be used for, and whether it will perform well in that capacity. For example, a reliable car is needed to drive to work every day. A comfortable car is preferred for taking long road trips. A truck is useful for small businesses and farming. A durable 4×4 is needed for off-road exploration. A classic car is used for car shows and cruising. A muscle car will win races. Likewise, when a man has a clear vision of his purpose in life, he will be better able to choose a woman who can fit into that lifestyle and support his mission well.
When you own the vehicle and drive it a bit you will see all the issues it has, especially if it has higher mileage. When you marry a woman, all the pretenses evaporate and you are going to see all her flaws.
Once you own the vehicle, regular maintenance will keep it running well and meeting your needs. Once you marry, the regular maintenance of the woman is required so she knows how to be the helper you need.
You have to ride in the vehicle regularly to keep the lubricants in important parts moving so the parts continue to function well. You have to ride on the wife regularly to keep the bid-response cycle in action so the relationship continues to function well.
Not all rides are the same. Choose wisely.