What Does She Win?

It’s…a new car!!!


When last we left our heroine, she was going to get her car back. Well, the replacement transmission also failed, and suddenly the reliable newer car…wasn’t. So the hubs and I traded it in for another car, a 2012 Hyundai Elantra (not Touring) with bells and whistles. A doctor would drive this car…if doctors drove Hyundai Elantras, which I think they do not.

So our old 2000 Hyundai Elantra has survived a 2007 Nissan Versa and a 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring. Word to the wise, Touring owners. According to the Hyundai website, that lurch you feel in your transmission is a sure fire sign that you are about to undergo the same experience we did. Not so bad if you’re near a tow truck and you have a warranty, but not so good if you take a lot of longer road trips.

Straight Elantra is North American car of the year. I have high expectations, with my previous one at 300K.


But the real question–did she do any writing? Yes, she did. I also critiqued about 4 of the stories due for the Dallas workshop next week, and will get back to these efforts tonight.


Here are some useful links:

Courtesy of Jim Hines, Patrick Stewart on why domestic violence shelters are important.

Courtesy of Stephanie Burgis, Sara Zarr’s new podcast This Creative Life, which focuses on keeping the creativity flowing.

Have a great week.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

5 thoughts on “What Does She Win?”

  1. Like the financial advisors have to say:
    “Prior performance is no guarantee of future results.” but I’ll wish you good luck with the new Elantra.

  2. *nods* Found this out with our second lumina van. πŸ™‚

    Hoping for the best as well.

    What I think I will be doing in the future is staying away from experimental transmissions…both the Versa and the Touring had them, and both of them crapped out.

  3. Oh, lord, lord. When you say lurch, what exactly do you mean?

    (says the 2010 Elantra Touring owner, whose husband is driving a 1997 Audi that wants replacing soon…)

    I shall now cling to my AAA card and make burnt offerings to the deities of automobility.

  4. I don’t mean to panic you.

    Our transmission problems started out as a tendency for the car to lurch, or start roughly when we would start the car first thing. At first, I thought it was cold. Bryon notices also that he had trouble shifting it into reverse.

    This went on for some time, but I just hadn’t gotten around to having it looked at. Then the transmission started revving and not shifting from first to second occasionally, and that’s when we took it in.

    Some research onto the Hyundai site revealed others had this problem. You may wish to talk to your dealership right away if you’ve noticed anything like this.

    I’ve found that if you’re still under warranty, they are very happy to fix it, and charge you nothing. However, when the second installed transmission failed, my confidence in the car failed also.

    Good luck. Let me know how yours is doing. I liked the car, and I’m sorry we had to part this way (personifying the car? You betcha.)

  5. So far, I haven’t noticed anything like that, thankfully. Mine has been running well; of course, it’s mostly an around-town car and I don’t rack up a lot of miles. (I take the kids to school. I go to the grocery store. Every so often, I drive an hour and a half to visit my parents.)

    On the other hand, I have had to take the Touring in to have them repaint the entire back hatch because the hinge started rusting within the first year of ownership, and then one of the rubber(?) strips that covers the spot where a roof rack would be attached cracked and peeled away, exposing the chrome to rust, so THAT had to be replaced too. Both times the dealer was happy to do it (for free), but I wasn’t thrilled about what it says re: the long-term prospects of the car.

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