College student, first car, 2006 xB! Hi!
First, this is the first forum I've been on so I'm excited to see how I can interact with you all and hopefully make new friendships and get some tips on how to keep my Breadbox alive until I graduate in 2.75 years!
I'll introduce myself briefly so you kinda know who the heck I am, which should make me less of a stranger. My name is Jake and I'm a 20 year old college student in New York studying industrial and interaction design and hopefully making entrepreneurship a dual major. I have my own business that I've had for over a year and currently beginning the process of getting another product concept out there. The two reasons I purchased my (FIRST CAR!!!) beloved 2006 Scion xB, nicknamed The Breadbox, were (1) because I live off campus and have to drive a bit to my college within the university and (2) because I travel with my business and thought it would make my life easier and present more opportunities.
I got my 2006 Scion xB in June of this year with the help of my father - I paid all $2,800 by myself with some of the money I saved up over the years as well as some money from my own business I have. Owning my first car is terrifying, but liberating, so I take a lot of pride knowing I didn't have my family helping me or asking for a loan - unlike many of the people I know who have their family pay for their ~fancy~ new car. With 167,000 miles on my automatic, I drive it like it's a chunk of gold; I'm terrified of trashing it in any way.
It's been about 3 months since I bought The Breadbox and I have fallen in love with it more than I ever expected. I hope to have you folks lend a hand on how to endure the crazy winters up here (my uncle has the same model car except it's a manual and says it drives beautifully in the snow), how to know when the car needs "help," and perhaps some creative ways to spice up the interior as my designer self feels it needs some unique vibes in it.
I hope this isn't too dreadfully long and fingers crossed that I'm welcomed into this community with folks who adore this unique vehicle as much as I do!