Friday, May 06, 2016

Old New Car Day

My car turned 4 years old on Wednesday (counting from the day I purchased it in 2012, because no one cares about the car's life before I was its master).

Much to the disappointment of insurance companies everywhere, it's only been driven about 6500 miles per year. This is thanks to my 7 mile one-way commute to work, a healthy amount of telecommuting, and the fact that most of my adventures occur inside my house.

In those four years, the car has driven to Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, and DC. It has never had an accident or a broken part, although the gas release latch doesn't pop open when the temperature falls below about 20 degrees. It has two small thumb-sized dents, possibly from heavy birds that fell asleep in the sky.

Likes and Dislikes

  • The electronic seat warmers are great in the winter, although the natural seat warmth of leather in the summer is not so great.
  • The car is about 2 inches too large in every dimension. The number of times I've had people in the backseat is easily under 20, and the only reason I got the Accord instead of the Civic was for the V6 engine.
  • I like that the sound system has real knobs and buttons, but dislike that the shuffle algorithm resets every time the car starts, leading to the same song playing multiple times in a day.

What are you driving these days?

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