I know no one here ever knew her (other than perhaps a random photo or brief mention), but Champagne SuperNover has died. She was a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. She had just passed 186k miles, but a month or so ago. I was going up to pick up DMac at work, and she blew up on the expressway. She, being the trooper that she was, fought her way to her destination, managing to limp into the gas station parking lot next to DMac's work, more than a mile from the spot of her injury. She never gave up. That's the kind of Jeep she was. My initial diagnosis is a blown valve, which is more work than I can likely handle on my own. If I'm right, I'll have to take everything apart to clean any shrapnel out of the cylinders. All the signs were there. She was running with tick, sipping coolant, and lately, had been making a disconcerting hissing sound. I presume the hissing was oil being squeezed out while under pressure. Over the last few years, we've spent a lot of time replacing things on her. Radiator, brakes, wheel hubs, window regulators, numerous bulbs, and random electrical issues, even had to reroute the cooling system when the heater core went and sprayed anti-freeze all over the passenger compartment. A lot of hours. A lot of miles. Despite the signs, this is all very sudden for the family. We have not yet set a date for the memorial, but I will reply to this thread as the situation progresses.