Apr. 11th, 2010

thedarkages: (catbus)
We are made whole, and essentially in the position we should have been in at this time last week.

We have decided to call the car "the Newfie," because it has such big paws and because it eats so much. The EPA mileage estimates were wildly optimistic. Still, when gas reaches $6.50 a gallon, we can always use the car as a place to lock up our bicycles and keep them out of the sun.

There are other infelicities. The heating/cooling system does not have a thermostat, so you're blasted by either heat or cold until you've had enough. And the stereo system is tinny on the top, boomy on the bottom, and generally indistinct. (It can't be replaced without voiding the warranty, either.)

Would that the Volvo had not been such a money pit, for it had none of these problems! Still, despite all the deficits, we think the Honda will be a great car, and, provided we can keep it in the hands of our local mechanic and out of the clutches of the dealer's service department, will still pay for itself.

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