The Disco served me well, but it has been slowly falling apart since I bought it. The machine has consistently nickel and dime'd me over the past three years. With the Cash for Clunkers deal I was able to get almost as much trade-in value as I had originally paid for it over three years ago. With 140,000 miles and the all recent problems I had in the mountains, it just made sense. Now, I hate cars and rarely drive them, but when I do drive somewhere I prefer a dependable, economical and comfortable vehicle. The Disco's cruise control was inoperable, it took premium gas, had virtually no leg room, and got shitty gas mileage.
The Honda Element was priced right and had all the features that I needed.
When pulling away from the dealership this afternoon the salesmen barked, "I'll see you for your free oil change after the first 5,000 miles!". I smiled. Since I ride my bike just about everywhere and hardly ever drive, I yelled back, "That'll be sometime in 2011!". With an awkward look on his face the salesmen said, "Wow, you gotta get a life!". I laughed.
Money well spent? I think so.