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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: raindancer
2005-05-02 02:13 pm (UTC)

Re: no drooling, i just got it!

Heh. You know, of all the ways I'd enjoy making you drool, "new car" just wasn't on the list. Learn something new every day.

lol, there are a few cars out there that will really get me drooling, this is one of them hehe. *wipes up the drool* sorry about that.

I know you test-drove it, but later said that it would probably not work out. I'd be curious in hearing more about that (although it would not affect my decision, obviously, since I already have it).

Simply too expensive for us. We probably won't get enough out of my current car etc. to make it worthwhile on the gas savings. We were hoping to only have about the same payment we do on my car but in looking into things, it's not gonna happen. =( at least not for awhile. Trust me, hehe I still want one someday. lol *drools some more*
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