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cars, again

Trying to decide on my next car is going to give me a brain aneurysm.

It's like I'm on some mood altering drug, I swear! I'm going from one extreme to the other in short spans of time.

Last night I drove the Honda Element (there is a waiting list on Fits - you have to put $1000 down just to see the fucker) and I was all kinds of excited about it. I was ready to be an Element apologist, I like that it's an underdog (people hate it! they think it's ugly! SUICIDE DOORS AGH!) and I know the V4 in such a big vehicle is going to feel sluggish. I was ready forgive it all of this. Then I read a whole bunch of reviews about how the windshield cracks in this one place and you have to replace it over and over. CRAP. Not that I've given up on it yet, but just... man, that depressed me. Particularly since I'd talked myself into how awesome I thought it was for me. I could fit two drum kits in there. I'd take up camping! It gets the shittiest mileage of all the cars I've considered except the 'stang and it would be the most lumbering. But I don't mind driving a bus! Really! :-/

But I still haven't driven some things. (Lots of things. It's getting to the point where I feel like the list of cars I could see myself in is longer than the list of those I can't. Everything I drive I love. This was supposed to HELP me make a decision!)

So today instead of having lunch I drove the Forester. I drove the Turbo premium with all the gadgets, and then I drove the plain baseline. One word about the Turbo: want. Considering looking for one used. This is a very nice vehicle and no one seems to say a single bad thing about it.

Of course, if I read the reviews of the Fit on epinions and carsurvey, etc, people think it's God's Own Car. *sigh* But I can't drive it. I'm sure I'd probably like it.

Tomorrow at lunch I'm going to see if I have time to drive the Mazda 3 which I have been hoping to get into for a while. It's getting so bad that I am accosting strangers. This morning at the gas station I had a pleasant conversation with a Nissan XTerra owner who talked me right out of even considering one of those. I tried to sell him the Fit.

Yes, I am all over the map with this! I am obsessed! I think the Aspire is starting to notice and feel hurt. :(



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Aug. 8th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
i've said it before, and i'll say it again. the turbo forester, even without all the bells and whistles, is HAWT. if you find a used one in good condition, i say buy it.
Aug. 9th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
I second that.

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Aug. 8th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yes. Not sure when I'll have time, but yes. Email me about evenings next week you might be free! (I did think of your offer from before as I was standing in the dealership looking crestfallen that they couldn't even show me one yesterday!)
Aug. 8th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
$1000 down to be put on the list to see one?
Yeah, very glad I got mine when I did.

Guess Honda underestimated their popularity.
I promise you'll love it, if you are comfortable behind the wheel.
She go vroom nice.
Aug. 9th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
I should clarify; if you see it and you don't want to buy it, they rip up your check. They never actually take your money until you say yes. It's weird.
Aug. 9th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
Well, that part I figured. But the fact that you have to have $1000 just to be put on the list is kinda weird. Yeah, they give it back to you if you don't buy the car, but still.
Aug. 8th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
I love Electra, my '04 Forester XT. Not premium package, though ... I valued the manual transmission and 1000 bucks over the sun-roof and fancy trim, but I have to admit it was a close thing. If you can find a used one that a mechanic you trust (unless you've got those skills yourself, of course) I'd jump on it.
Aug. 8th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am actually not sold on the premium, but I AM sold on the Turbo! Vroom! It was lots of fun to drive. I, too, value a manual transmission over sunroof and fancy trim. Thanks for commenting! I have heard nothing but good things about the Forester.
Aug. 9th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)

Just stopping by to say hi real quick. I know my journal's not your thing but I do miss chatting with you! Glad to see your doing well.
Aug. 9th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by!! :) I appreciate it. Peace!
Aug. 9th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
Did you read this?
Okay so..did you see this yet..not that i am helping but hell i would buy it just to be hella green!!!

Aug. 9th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Did you read this?
There's only an $8,000 out of area service fee if you don't live in one of the 4 cities they are selling it in!! :(
Aug. 9th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Did you read this?
is that bad?
Aug. 9th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Did you read this?
Depends on the cost of the car, I guess!
Aug. 10th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
Matt was telling me that he rented a Forester for a trip a little while back and loved it - was trying to sell me on it when we got the Pilot. He has an Xterra right now and let me put it this way: 13 miles per gallon.
Cost him $300 in gas to get to Pittsburgh and back a month of so ago.
Aug. 10th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I stopped getting excited about the XTerra before I could even get really interested. The Forester XT doesn't get great mileage, but certainly better than that! My only concern right now is that I'm getting ahead of myself in terms of the luxury bits. I've always been a grubby car person... do I have the discipline to maintain something nice? Hrm...
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