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21 November 2009 @ 11:17 pm
Auto Motives: I Can Has Car!  
quelonzia and I went out car shopping today, and came home in separate vehicles!

I now own a silver 2000 Saturn station wagon with about 107K miles on it. It seems to be in fine shape -- the engine sounds great, there were no obvious oil leaks, the interior is roomy and comfortable. It handles nicely, though it's a Much Longer Car than my late, lamented hatchback; THAT will take some adjustment time.

It's over all a better car than the Grape, and in better condition, too, despite the extra 20K miles. Oddly, despite its larger size, it may actually get better fuel economy.

Over the next few days, I'm going to be putting all the personal gear from the Grape into the new machine. I may not bother with the steering wheel cover, and the old seat covers stayed with the little purple car (because they disintegrated when I tried to get them off), but my dragon-decorated floor mats are definitely goin' back in.

I'll need to drop by the DMV and swap out the plates for my GRAUPH personalized plates.

Oh, and the plastic divinity of my choice is goin' on the dashboard.


 
 
I feel: pleasedpleased
 
 
 
Richardf8richardf8 on November 22nd, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Saturns are wonderful Vehicles, you'll love it. There is one caveat, though: They burn oil - slowly, but surely, and you must check the oil and top up as necessary at least once a month. Do so, and you'll be seeing 300,000 miles out of that engine, easy. Neglect it, and - Ka-Chunk.

In terms of Interior space, the S-Series is alot like the Tardis. You can fit more into than you should, by rights, be able to. They're also fairly easy to work on.
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on November 22nd, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the heads up. I'll keep a few bottles of oil handy, and try to check it every time I fuel up.
Araquan Skytracer: Express shuttlearaquan on November 22nd, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
You know, I had to check. Apparently CTHULHU is taken, here. Damn.
Bobyourbob on November 22nd, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
So a silver bullet, huh? cool.
KehzaFox: pleasedkfops on November 22nd, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
I had never considered a station wagon until my old Buick packed its last lunch and we crossed paths with our Volvo. I think I may be stuck on station wagons now (especially when I need to transport 10' long pieces of conduit home)!

Congrats on your new wheeliebubs!
Stalbonstalbon on November 22nd, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the wonderful new car, then! I'm glad you were able to find one so quickly.
Hafochafoc on November 23rd, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
YAY indeed! Dragging Dragon!
Rikoshi Kisaragirikoshi on November 24th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
As a former Saturn station wagon owner, I do not think you will be disappointed.
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on November 24th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the new VEE-hickle! We must have pictures!