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I was going to post how the noise stopped and all was right in the world again. Alas, 2 minutes into my drive home, I knew something was wrong.

Gears just weren't working right. I popped into 2nd, and it would rev up to like 4K then fall again after a second or two. Then, I had to know. I threw it into 6th, going like 30 mph and it would still rev up to 4,000. It was then I knew. Well, that and the new smell of burned popcorn.

I hated you at first, but I grew to love you. After I got the hang of you, you took off like a rocket. And those two moments where a small-dicked douhebag and then some idiotic soccer mom (both in ginormous SUVs) nearly took us out, well, we shared something.

I'll miss you, Mini. We'll always have last week.

Memories... like the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories, of the way we were
Scattered pictures, of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another, for the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again,
Tell me: Would we?

Could we?

R.I.P. Mini key
R.I.P. Mini 2008-2008


Okay, I will say I bonded with that car. I don't know if it was the primitive shifting technology that brought us closer, the way I could change the interior LED accent colors, or if the Mini is just that awesome.

After everyone looking at me as if I were O.J. at the car rental place, I'm now in a Hybrid Civic that must have the same transmission that stupid Rogue had (read: no gears at all). It looks awesome, and I can change radio stations again, but it has no pickup and just revs forever. My car is supposed to be ready tomorrow (file this under "I'll believe it when I see it").

Oh, Mini.

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Is the Mini's clutch supposed to honk at me when I release it and the car smell like a fried CPU when I stop?


It lives!

Jan. 7th, 2008 11:24 am
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This is a good sign. Maybe I will get my car back sometime this year after all. In another week, it'll have been 2 months since the accident, and my car is somewhere being "put back together."

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: MobileGuardian Alert
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 15:23:50 +0000
From: system@mymobileguardian.com<system@mymobileguardian.com>
To: mgalert**@d********y.com

Your vehicle anti-theft alarm system has been activated (My G35)

I'm digging the Mini, but there's nothing pretty about me driving a stick in the rain. There are a lot of girly shrieks followed by cries of "OMG We're going to die!" and "I'm trying! I'm trying!" when I stall the damn thing, which fortunately isn't often now.

Seriously, what is the draw to manual transmissions? I cry now every time I see a STOP sign, and I've never done as many California Stops as I have in the past week.

The novelty of a manual transmission wears off after like 5 minutes. It's so NOT like Xbox at all (Xbox doesn't lunge). I can't ever change the radio station or even scratch an itch. Hands, both feet—it's like a full body workout.

Sadly, apparently my car's in the shop for yet another week. I asked the nice lady at the car rental place to please find me an automatic Mini. She was supposed to call me back but never did. We hate her now.

I guess at least the rain stopped.

And now a word from our Meme (Chris who?):
93% Chris Dodd
87% Barack Obama
86% Joe Biden
85% John Edwards
84% Hillary Clinton
78% Dennis Kucinich
78% Mike Gravel
74% Bill Richardson
41% Rudy Giuliani
30% John McCain
24% Tom Tancredo
22% Mitt Romney
22% Mike Huckabee
19% Ron Paul
13% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
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Receptionist just called to tell me there's a delivery for me in the front.

Sounds like someone's drilled aluminum pedals have just arrived.

I hope it's me!
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So I’m excited. I did it.

My G35
2005 G35 sedan with premium+sport+nav, diamond graphite exterior, graphite interior

Really had only planned on test driving, but I was shocked at the offer (even beating carsdirect.com). It made driving all the way out to Glendale worth it. Phil at Glendale Infiniti seriously rocks. There was no bullshit, lies, or games. It helped to know the prices going in, and I even got a better money factor than I'd found on leasecompare.com. There was no horrible feeling–like–I–just–got–ripped–off feeling this time. They're even going to take care of the scratch I put on my old car a couple years ago before turning it into the leasing company.

The best part is the car had just came off the truck. It was kismet!

For the first time (in a long time), I like driving again (I used to hate it soooooo much. HATE. HATE. HATE). The 18" wheels are a little bumpier than the 17”s, but she takes it like a champ and it's not rough. And... I can turn at high speed again! woo hoo! It just sucks that I have to keep it under 4,000 rpms during break in. There's almost 3,000 more rpms just begging to be used! Oh, and the Intelligent Key is teh secks. As long as I have the fob in my pocket somewhere, doors, trunk, gas cover, all open. OMG, it's orgasmic. ...as is the new car smell. It’s intoxicating.

It's all shiny, and it's all mine! Well... actually it’s the bank's, but I have the keys!!

::vroom vroom::

couple more pics  )


Jul. 20th, 2005 05:58 pm
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Santa Monica Infiniti has had my car for two days now while they give the moonroof computer an attitude adjustment and find what's squeaking in the front end. Thankfully, all still under warranty. I've had a 2005 G35 (not loaded though) to drive as a loaner. I'm really liking the car more and more as I drive it. They've really made a lot of changes to it, and I'm kind of falling for it.

The only things I don't like is the roof lining feels a little cheap, and the mirrors in the visors aren't covered by a lining (just plastic covers). I know that's nit picking, but those little "would it have killed you to spend $5 here" things bug. Looking around though, you realize all car manufacturers do it somewhere. The things I hated about it before have been corrected (like that horribly ugly shifter they had in the earlier sedans), and from what I'm reading, the car's been getting awesome ratings just about everywhere—Motortrend car of the year, Car and Driver's top 10, and appears that it's a great car to lease because it holds its resale value. Most of all though, I'll finally have a car that's fun to drive again.

I've been going back and forth with a few dealers and online services. They all kind of seem the same, until my friend put me on to carsdirect.com. Those guys are pretty awesome (so far). No haggling, just, "We found the car you want. Here's your price." The price is below dealer invoice, and is among some of the better pricing I've been getting.

Here's something I didn't know though: I assumed if I wanted out of my lease, I could just pay the last remaining couple of payments and walk away. The bank told me the lease states 7 days before termination, but that, as a courtesy, they will take it up to 30 days ahead of time. Anything earlier than that, and the final check has to come from the dealer. If I send them the check, they'll gladly accept it, however, I won't be able to turn in the car until near the end of the lease. So I'm like, "so if I'm basically giving you this car early—when it's arguably worth a little more—you will not accept it?"

"It would be a voluntary repossession, and you don't want to do that."


I'm sure there's a logical reason, but I just don't have the energy to go find and read my contract or look it up. I was a little surprised by that. You'd think they'd gracefully accept the gift and move on.

I still need to drive one of the models with the sport package though. I'm concerned the 235/45/18" wheels, combined with the sport suspension, will make the ride a bit too rough. The car handles great with the 17" wheels now with Infiniti's Vehicle Dynamic Control, but the sport package adds a limited slip differential to the mix. Sure, it never really even rains, but still you never know when I might go plowing around an overturned canola oil truck on the freeway.

Oh well, almost 18:00 and still no call from the dealer. Looks like I'm keeping the loaner one more night! :)
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The sunroof on my car has gone retarded. It will randomly open on its own (generally at freeway speeds), and sometimes prefers not to open or close all the way. It's been getting worse, so I brought it to the dealer this morning where I think they've ordered it a new brain.

While I waited for them to tell me what was wrong, I started looking again at the G35 coupe, since I've been considering that as a replacement when my lease is up. I was disappointed as the coupe is missing a few things (like memory seats). As I was sitting in it, I also wasn't sure if a coupe like that was really "me." It just didn't feel right. I'd never really considered the sedan because (a) it has had a weaker engine than the coupe; (b) it is was generally less-feature rich than the sedan; (c) is was too boxy.

Until 2005.

The new front of the G35 sedan looks almost identical to its sister coupe

I hadn't been paying attention, but Infiniti has raised the bar on the sedan. They've given it more aggressive styling (the front is nearly identical to the coupe now). They've added a sport-tuned suspension and upped the gadgets so that it now surpasses the coupe in some regards. They've even given it the same engine now, so there are no horsepower differences between the two.

Infiniti G35's new Intelligent KeyIn fact, they've given it Infiniti's new Intelligent Key. I held my poker face as he told me, but truly, I nearly creamed my pants. This effectively makes the key obsolete.

The way it works is, as long as long as the fob is in your pocket, and you're within 2 meters of the car, you can open the doors, trunk, and even start the ignition! You never have to remove the fob (or its hidden key) from your pocket! (Although there isn't much room, because I so have a boner thinking about this).

The bad part is, I pretty much think I want this car (unless someone has some other suggestion). Infiniti has a deal right now where you can supposedly get out of your old lease a few months early. I may try to take them up on it.

Honestly, luxury can kiss my ass. When it comes down to it, I'm just such a technology whore.

Where's the dotted line so I can sign my life away?!


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