Had to take in the care for some love today. The front brakes have essentially been ineffective, and started to squeak, so I knew it was time. I also needed new front tires, since the old ones were bald. Yeah, I never rotate because I'm lazy. But hey, it was only 40k miles!
So I'm out $440 for two new tires and the brakes. The rotors were toast too. But consider this... they're original. That's 107k miles without replacement. That's not so terrible.
I thought about doing the brakes myself, because it's not that hard of a procedure, but I had nightmares of trying to get the rotors off. I had a bitch of a time with those on my first car. But whatever, it'll get done and I can squeeze off another 20k miles until I can afford to replace it. I hate spending money on it, but at the same time, I don't have a car payment, so it kind of comes with the territory at this point.