forgotten_aria: (nicki window)
I have to take my car back AGAIN. They assembled it wrong and two pieces of plastic are touching that shouldn't be and they're fighting with each other.

I woke up yesterday with this pressure in my ear, half my hearing being muffled and this constant low noise that got worse when other low noises happen. The constant low noise seems to be gone, but I'm still missing a good part of my hearing in my right ear.

Grrrr (car)

Dec. 9th, 2015 01:35 pm
forgotten_aria: (nicki window)
Driving to my student's taiko recital last night the "check manual" light which is actually the "somethings wrong with the power train" light came on, then the car overheated, so I pulled over, let it cool down and made my way to the recital (since I was running the show.)

I drove it very carefully home, pulling over any time it overheated. I just drove it to the dealer, being careful enough to drive it on the electric motor mostly, such that it didn't over heat, but the "check manual" and "check engine" lights were both on. They don't have an appointment for me until Tuesday, but they'll try to squeeze me in earlier.

I partly got a new car to avoid the aggravation of repairs (more to avoid the cost). So GRR!!! the car is less than 2 months old.

On the other hand, at least this happened with enough time to get it resolved before I needed to drive to Canada.
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Found out that at least in my hybrid, it will turn on the gas engine to warm up if the cabin needs to be heated. This means very short trips in the winter time have the side effect of destroying gas mileage, because it will fill the battery and waste some of the gas engine.

first tank

Nov. 15th, 2015 07:58 pm
forgotten_aria: (nicki window)
I filled up for the first time in the new car today. The capless gas thing seems ok. I'm still a little disturbed that anyone can open the gas door. One thing I hadn't thought of is that a smaller tank, means a little less time at the pump. I've been running about 39 mpg (according to the car) since I do a fair amount of highway.
forgotten_aria: (nicki window)
One weird thing about a hybrid is that since the power to the wheels and the sound of the motor is decoupled, it often makes me feel like the motor is slipping.

Ford decided on 1) windshield wiper connectors I've never seen before 2) hiding the wipers under the hood for aerodynamics but with the side effect you have to open the hood to lift the wipers more than about a half inch. None of that New England "put your wipers up so they don't get buried in a snow storm" trick.
forgotten_aria: (Monorail Cat)
Update on the car after a week of getting used to it.

Nice suprises:
  • Blind spot mirrors

  • reading text messages to me (haven't gotten to use this in practice yet, but gave it a test.)

  • voice controls for USB stick of music1

  • hot day feature to lower all the windows from the key frob2

  • the regenerative braking reports and trip mileage reports.

Usb with all my music )
forgotten_aria: (nicki window)
Back when I got the mazda5 I took some pictures of me demonstrating the cargo space. I've tried to recreate that with the c-max. the results )
forgotten_aria: (nicki window)
I want to write this now while I'm still upset so hopefully I can read back on this and laugh.

I gravely miscalculated how much cargo space I'm giving up. Not just all the little cubbies that the m5 had (Where I had the fire extinguisher and the first aid kit) but the fact that the read door slopes inward, such that even thought the measurement to the back of the seat is almost the same, the drum space is greatly reduced.

Now, I don't know if my future contains a car packed with drums very often, but this realization started to make me cry. So yeah, regret already.

Oh yeah, I bought the c-max.
forgotten_aria: (nicki window)
Was ready to give up on car buying, dealer comes back with new trade in offer.
Go to get estimate from another place, they say "no one wants m5" gives me a low offer.
Waffle and discuss, decide to go in for the lower dealer trade-in offer.
About to put down a deposit, dealer says, "oh, btw, that includes the $1000 financing incentive, so you can't pay cash, but there is no early payment penalty. You just do about 3 months of payments." That enough risk to kill the already only barely ok deal.

Then I get a spark, could I just put down a HUGE down payment. I ask, and it's "well, yes and no, you have to finance at least $7500 of the car." So a mull over this for a bit, but my gut is telling me no.

This is gaming the system. Even if this doesn't come back to bite me, it's ethically unsound.

So I've said no, again. This time I think it might be the final no.

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