Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Daddy has a new toy

Oh man.

So a couple of weeks ago my 1997 Acura 2.2 CL died. Again. Late last year the radiator blew, and it appears that it actually cracked a head gasket as well. So, all done. I decided it was time to move on.

And move on I have. After lots, and LOTS of research, I decided on an Audi. I picked up a 2002 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro. Sport package, winter package, and a whole lot more. It is, quite simply, the most solid and most fun car I've ever driven. It sticks to the road like glue. I have stomped on the gas and flipped a 180, and felt the traction control kick in and keep it in line, with minimal tire squeal. I gingerly drove it up a wet Hwy 9 (a nice windy road down my way) at a tender 60 to 80 mph and never heard the tires complain once. I have hit 90 degree turns at a solid 40 mph and the car begs for more. I simply can't wait to get a bit more used to the feel of it and really see what it can do!

Pictures will come soon. I'm heading up the coast a little this weekend just for giggles, and will take some pictures then.

In the meantime, here's a list of the sites I used for all my research. for comparative pricing (although I did buy from a dealership) for comparative pricing for comparative pricing and owner opinions for owner opinions for mileage estimates, which seem to vary dramatically depending on where you look on their site. Here's what I looked at. to make sure it wasn't a wreck to compare current and older models, assess reliability, etc.

I think that's all of them. Long live the internet.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Bad morning

Someone on San Francisco muni 6249 had a bad start to their day :(