OK, my pickup truck, disabled when the well driller left a rig in the middle of the driveway I created so as NOT to get stuck in the wet clay, caused me to attempt to get around, got the truck stuck anyhow, and the well drillers rocked and rolled attempted to get the truck out, and they did, and in the process did irreparable damage to the 4 wheel drive. Now after waiting almost two months while my mechanic has searched all of Panama and elsewhere for the damaged 4-wheel drive thingy . . .
And it turns out Mazda [Never again!] doesn’t make replacement parts for anything but newer trucks, newer defined as not older than 10 years . . . So a part has been located . . . $900 PLUS shipping to Panama and it will take anywhere from 5 weeks to 5 months to get here!!
So, no more Mazda, and no more 4 wheel drive. My Mazda truck, which I did love, has been officially neutered . . . it is now just another truck, no more 4 wheel drive. And, frankly, for what I need now, it will work. Panama has changed in 8 years! We now have a modern four-lane highway to David. The road to our house is paved. Even the road to Boca Chica is paved!
When we bought our property in Boca Chica the road to Boca Chica was clay and mud . . . period. If it rained you were either axle deep in wet clay and mud, or cruising through 8 inches of water. And if the ice truck was ahead of you in the one foot deep mud, it didn’t matter if you had 4 wheel drive because the truck didn’t so you weren’t going anywhere!
Besides, who really needs to drag race in the sand and surf on a deserted beach?
And BTW a BIG THANKS to a number of you readers scattered around Latin America and the Caribbean who volunteered to search for the part in your area! The truck will function as a truck to move things around and take coffee into the beneficio during harvest, which is really all we need a truck for.