Well, a decision of sorts has been made. Steven made some calls and it turns out that the new Hondas don't come out until September. At that point, particularly at the end of the month, the 2008 Honda vans will drop in price.
I have decided to repair the air conditioning in the Taurus (which will help when I trade it in) and wait to get a new 2008 in September. But I can't just drive around in the Taurus without air conditioning. There's something in there that threatens to come loose and I could risk doing serious damage to the engine if I just "do without", which is what I really wanted to do financial-wise, even if it IS miserable in the car without air conditioning.
So, I took the car to the Ford dealership this afternoon and dropped it off. I have known the guy who runs the service department since high school and he always gives me his discount on all repairs as well as gets me a rental car for free. They will do a complete diagnostic on the car, tune it up, change the oil, and fix the air conditioning.
I am still very seriously looking into trading in the car for a 2008 in September.
At least I won't roast in traffic anymore.
But no pretty new van either (sniff).
BONUS: They did not have any mid-size cars in today at Enterprise, so I am tooling around town in a big beautiful red F-150 pickup truck. Yeah, it's tough but I'm making the best of it. (grin)