Nowadays Skoda cars are well thought of and stylish. They are,after all, made by VW.
This was not always so. Skoda does have a proud history of making stylish and popular cars since the turn of the 20th Century, but during the era of communism in Eastern Europe, they became a bit of a laughing stock in the west – yes they did export vehicles! Like most things made in communist countries they were made of inferior materials with (often) poor quality control.
I bought a Skoda in the late 1970’s – not new of course, I paid only 170 pounds for this car, and drove it for over two years. The doors did not lock – who would steal a Skoda?? The heating didn’t work – in UK a slight problem! ….. and the four speed gearbox only had three gears – and yet this care drove me around for 2-over two years, inexpensive to run and surprising fun to drive … a characterful car you might say.
Eventually this vehicle started to give problems. The three gears became two, the accelerator cable snapped, the clutch started slipping, and rattles became louder and louder. Of course these things were all fixable, but what was more difficult and expensive to fix was the rust which seemed to infect the body at a great pace. Through all of this the engine never ceased to give sterling service. It – as it always had – started first time, it ran economically and powered the vehicle through all of it’s ups and downs. A solid and reliable engine trapped in a body which was falling apart.
The point of this story is that I see this as analogous to my situation. My mind is sharp, my emotions are strong – my ‘engine’ is working well. My ‘bodywork’ is not so. Illness is causing my running capacity to slow and operate less efficiently. If only the bodywork could be replaced ……!
In the meantime so long as my engine is working I will keep the vehicle running as long as it will and as efficiently as it is able… like my Subaru.