Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Saying Goodbye To The Finest Car Ever Made -- Rip Van Winkle Speaks To The Auto Dealer

We actually had plenty of trouble the last two years with this car. Still, I called it the "finest car ever made" as it didn't break down when I brought the babies home from the hospital in it.
Despite my glorious celebration of being middle-aged (I go to sleep early!), I actually pride myself on at least being aware of my growing obsolescence. But nothing prepared me for shopping for a car.

Our 2001 Nissan broke down again, this time the starter motor, a repair which would have cost many hundreds of dollars. After 13 years it was time for a new car.

The Nissan was the only new car I have ever purchased and such was so long ago that none of the featured extras were the least bit relevant -- CD and cassette player anyone?

Far from the combat of dealing with sales-monster dealers the people who showed us cars were pleasant and were able patiently and articulately to explain the advantages of their wares. I tried to take in all the new features of engine, transmission, handling, driving, and electronics but punted and looked to Consumer Reports for the big translation.

We are in the process of purchasing a Subaru Outback, a car full of nifty features, including "eyesight" -- sensors that let you know if your hair needs grooming or if you are following too close to the vehicle in front of you.

I will keep you updated on how we adapt to the new technology.

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