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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 09:47 am
marf.

'Twas a long weekend, in more ways than one.

Friday saw me hanging out with Arion for Pirates 3, which was not great, but better than OK. Damned hard to follow, though. Sean was there, and we talked for a bit. That went pretty well.

Skipped the strawberry festival on Sat in favor of packing, which I had mixed feelings about, but eh. Turned out to be a good thing, because I was still feeling pretty tired from the night before. Went up to the bay to visit family and see my little brother (since this was like, the one weekend he was in town). Then went car-shopping on Mon.

>>> Cars

I've decided I can't afford the WRX, so I've been looking at other options. I've made a few notes about them below.
  • Jeep Compass/Patriot
    Surprisingly, it was roomier than the Cherokee. It was very comfortable and had some nice features inside -- optional Bluetooth audio, for instance. Aux-In port optional. Roomy back seat, sat up high. The Patriot also had a built-in 150W inverter. It definitely drove like a Jeep, though. Unimpressive power and soft handling. I fit very well in this car.

  • Mazda 3
    Not particularly memorable. Handled like a normal car.

  • Subaru Impreza Wagon
    Back seat was cramped, and the car just seemed spartan. I'd expect that out of a WRX, but I would've hoped the wagon would've been roomier. Right outside mirror didn't quite point out far enough. Could've used a touch more thigh support, but otherwise fit was OK.

  • Toyota Corolla
    Typical econobox. The version I test-drove was pretty sparse. No Aux-In port available in any model AFAIK. Steering wheel felt way too far away. Back seat was OK.

  • Honda Civic Si
    Nimble and responsive. Stuck to the road quite well and held its own in corners with little noticeable lean. Throttle and steering were pretty responsive, but steering didn't give much useful feedback. Suspension was good. The 6-speed was proportioned fairly well. Wants premium fuel, though. :-/ Unusual (but acceptable) dashboard configuration. Comes standard with a moonroof. Telescoping steering wheel. Fit well, but felt like I was sitting way back in the car. Wasn't quite sure where my nose was. Aux-In port. Steering-wheel audio controls. Back seat was OK -- Dad fit fine.

  • Honda Civic
    Soft handling and acceleration. Mushy suspension. About what you'd expect from a Civic.

Oddly enough... the Civic Si is currently at the top of my list. O.o I had a lot more fun driving that than the Jeep, and from a subjective, emotional standpoint it just "clicked" with me the best. My only major reservations are its front-wheel drive, and its 0-60 (7sec compared to the WRX's 6ish). It handled well in spite of the FWD, however, so I'm giving it a break.

That surprises me, because, well, it's a Civic. When you think Honda Civic, you tend to think "old guy driving back and forth to his job at the DMV every day". But ... that's not how this car drove.

We'll see. I'm still looking around for other cars, but the Si is a pretty strong contender at this stage.

>>> Back at Work...

Anyway, back at work. We've actually started selling the two products I've been working on, and so far it seems like we're doing pretty good. It'll be interesting to see how things go over the next week or so.

-- Des

Current Mood: working working

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moment_of_me
moment_of_me
moment_of_me
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)

Isn't the Civic Si the big name in econo sport models? I don't think their primary target demographic is "old guy driving back and forth to his job at the DMV every day". I think it's a car built for the 18-30 year old male market-- meeting the expectations that you have. But I could be wrong. Ton wants me to buy a Civic (we've been considering a new car for me). I want an Audi R8. Or some nice convertible, like the Honda S2000 or the new Volvo C70. LoL. Or a Jaguar XKR (convertible or coupe, I'm not picky!!) Hey, I can dream, right???

(But I'll probably end up with a Civic. We already own an Element, so why not stick with Honda??)


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)

Yup, I'm their target market for the Si.

I was just thinking about the Civic brand name in general -- most of the Civics I see on the road are solely commuter vehicles. Their drivers look like the kind of people who would go on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland and complain it was too fast. =P


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moment_of_me
moment_of_me
moment_of_me
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)

Woah!! Slow down, tiger!! You can get whiplash on that Jungle Cruise!!!


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darkone238
darkone238
Darkenwolf
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)

Well no when I see a civic I think "poor car that I rape every time I drive my stupid road trips" :P


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)

hehe.

Rape how?


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darkone238
darkone238
Darkenwolf
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)

my car doesn't like 5000 mile road trips :P


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kion
kion
Kevin Kress
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)

What!? No VW love? You should go test drive a Passat or Jetta or even a GTA, they are fun to drive.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)

I thought about that, but Consumer Reports doesn't seem to like them too much. Apparently they have a lot of reliability issues. ::shrug::


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northing
northing
North
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)

I'm a big fan of the VWs too. I haven't ever heard a VW owner I know complain about reliability problems and I know quite a few. The VR-6 motor is also one of the all time great engines as well. You get a lot more car per $ with VW than any other brand on the market if you ask me!

But if you get a Jetta, momma think you gay! ;-)


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, May. 29th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)

Well, CR was generating their results based on a survey of car owners, so apparently there are quite a number of dissatisfied VW owners out there. ;)

I've heard from both sides of the camp -- I know Kevin loves his, but I know Sachi absolutely hates hers (and with good reason; it's falling apart). But I figure since CR has done the research, I'll take their word for it.


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amethest
Amethest
Wed, May. 30th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
Power to the Civic!

My boyfriend has a Civic (about ten years old, I think), and he, his wife and I are part of the society for creative anacronism. It works very well for long trips. It's been from Vancouver to Hundred Mile and back many times, as well as as far down as Euphrata, Washington.

My boyfriend and I camp for the weekend, and we can make everything fit - tent, bedding, kitchen sunshade, stove, fire box, armour for two, sheilds and swords, and personal clothing and accessories.

My boyfriend says it's a "good little car" it has good miliage and it doesn't break down.

I guess my boyfriend is just outside the target market now at 38, but he has it for good storage for long journeys, rather than commuting.

His wife merchants a tourny kitchen out of it. Last year it took them two trips up to Clinton to bring up her food and his armour.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Thu, May. 31st, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: Power to the Civic!

Nifty.

I'm used to my Jeep, which has an obscene amount of cargo space. But yeah... I want something fun to drive, efficient, and something that can haul stuff/people when necessary.

In short, I want everything. ;)

We'll see... I want to see what else out there is comparable to the Si before I make a decision. The Si (and others like it) wasn't even on my radar until last weekend.


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amethest
Amethest
Thu, May. 31st, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Power to the Civic!

Huzzah! Way to sucumb to target advertising!

*go with a Civic!*


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