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new car [Apr. 28th, 2005|11:00 pm]
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Last week, I lamented the impending retirement of the poor old Subaru. I've known it was coming for a while, so I've been thinking about what to get next for a while. With the news that Suby is on its last legs, I finally got around to serious shopping.

Tuesday I started calling around to different dealerships to see what my options were for a particular car, and to put my name on a waiting list. Surprisingly enough, the second place I called had almost exactly what I was looking for in stock (the "almost" was the interior trim color, everything else was what I wanted)... so I bought it. Meet the new toy:
[2005 Toyota Prius]

It's a 2005 Prius with "super white" exterior paint, gray / burgundy interior (mostly gray), and option package #6.

At the moment, it has about 130 miles on it. :)

This is the first time I've ever bought a new car. I know that the money is not in my favor, especially with this car being in pretty high demand. (Stupid news stories about high cost of gas recently didn't make me any more confident of availability, either.) But the process was pretty painless, I paid basically MSRP+destination fee, and they didn't push the add-ons too hard. Still took four hours to complete the transaction, and I don't make so much money that the check for 31+k$ wasn't a bit of a wince.

But. New car! :)

It drives really well, and has some great geek toys in it (GPS+map, real-time MPG, steering wheel controls, "smart" keyless entry, etc etc). So far I'm averaging right around 40 mpg, and I'm told that will go up slightly after the break-in period. I look forward to taking it on long trips after that, as it is noticably thriftier on cruise control.

Hopefully this Prius will serve me just as well as the Subaru did.

[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-04-29 06:38 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-05-02 08:17 am (UTC)

Ooh, look, a ferret!

Yes. Very Shiny.

(To the point where I'm still a bit nervous about driving it, but it'll have to get its first dents eventually...)

Feels much larger than the Suby, although I suspect that it is not all that different. I took some pics of the two together:

2005 Toyota Prius, 1995 Subaru Legacy L

As for actual drivability, I'll just see how a week of commuting goes in it.

Can't wait to introduce you two. :) Not sure when, but if I do take the whole week for July 4th, I'll probably drive out. Can't quite plan on doing SD-to-LC on one tank, but I should be able to get pretty close.

(And do you think you'll be able to make it out here for June 19th? Or will we save the travel effort for S & T's wedding?)
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-05-02 12:12 pm (UTC)

I resemble that remark.

Doesn't look any bigger to me. I thought you were considering flying out, especially since Suby is now parked here? hahahahahaha... If your dad and bro didn't want Suby, you could always just keep it here as your New Mexico car. hahahahahahhahaha.

June 19th? What's that? I'm sure you mentioned it already, but my brain is fried. The red bulls for the drive home took forever to wear off, so I didn't sleep well or much. Sooooo Tired. Don't wanna go to work. Wanna crawl back into my nice warm comfy bed. Not sure what is up with the boys that weekend. Technically, it is my weekend with them, but its Father's Day so the guys may want to see their sons.
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