Sunday, December 28, 2008

Smells like... a big hit to the credit card


We are getting a nice whiff of that wonderful new car smell. No. We didn't get a new car, can't afford that. MrB's 2000 Acura Integra went into the shop yesterday with some kind of major problem. I forgot what it was, but it's going to cost around $1400 to repair. {sigh} It's always something...

click to enlargeThis 2009 Acura TSX is a loaner car, and is it both Beauty and Beast. First of all, it's a LOT bigger than the Integra, and that's a big disappointment for us since we really like our Integras (yes, plural. We both have a 2000 Acura Integra. We need bumper stickers that say "my other car is just like this one."), and would love to replace them when they die with another Acura - but that's out of the question now since this model is now the smallest one they sell and it's too damned big - not what we want. Their smallest car barely fits in the garage with another (smaller) car, and the same can be said for the average parking space. Boo hiss on Acura for supersizing. On the up side, it's got some very fancy stuff on the console. The feature shown upper right is a camera that shows what's behind you when you are backing up. It's a brilliant feature that all cars should have.

click to enlargeThe navigation system, CD disk changer and all that stuff require a little training, and it talks to you constantly. Annoying! Like telling you that you've unfastened your seat belt. I wish I could find a video of that old SNL routine where instead of a Navigator, the car has a NAGigator - something to not only tell you to fasten your seat belt but nags you about all your failings in general. If this video is any indication, it looks like the voice-activated nagitator can be very helpful - maybe a little too helpful depending on your perspective.

1 comment:

Gottagopractice said...

I still have a '91 Integra, but alas, feel the same way toward the current models as do you. Whatever am I going to do next?