Friday October 3, 2003

Drivin' in my car

The Friday 5 for this week concerns cars... That's cool. I like cars.

  1. What vehicle do you drive?
  2. How long have you had it?
  3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle?
  4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle?
  5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now?

  1. What vehicle do you drive?
    We have a 1989 Toyota Corolla and a 1994 Toyota Camry. We generally drive the Camry, especially for road trips. We mostly use the Corolla to drive into The City (it's smaller, parks better, and is our "beater car" :-) We try to drive the Corolla whenever parking could be an issue.

  2. How long have you had it?
    We got the Corolla in January 1991, used, with 25,000 miles on it. It now has 210,500 and runs perfectly. Aside from a little rust at the bottom of the passenger side front door and some fading paint, it's in great condition. We got the Camry in January 1999, also used, with 48,000 miles on the meter. It's now reached 117,000 and also runs beautifully. I'd recommend a used Toyota to anyone who asks (and also to people who don't ask).

  3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle?
    In the Corolla, the coolest feature is the "bozo button" (I wish we had one on the Camry!). When we bought the Corolla, it had a disabled car alarm. It still had the horn and the LED but the wires had been cut. Rich reconnected the alarm horn to a button on the dash panel. So, if a bicyclist or a dog runs too close to the car, we can push the button and the car goes "Whoop whoop".

    In the Camry, the coolest feature is the automatic shutoff for the headlights. If the lights are on and the ignition is off, the headlights turn off automatically when the driver's door opens. They turn back on when the ignition is turned back on. This surprised us when we got the car; I was expecting a "ding-dong" alert, but it's actually a really cool (and better) feature.

  4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle?
    When we first got the Corolla, I was annoyed because it didn't have a "ding-dong" alert to notify the driver that the lights were left on! My brilliant and electrically apt sweetie installed an alarm from Radio Shack. Our Corolla is now even better because it has a different sound for "lights are on" vs "left your key in the ignition". These days, the only annoying thing about the Corolla is that it's smaller than the Camry and doesn't have as nice a road feel.

    The only thing that annoys me abut the Camry is it doesn't have power windows and door locks. We bought a used car and it didn't have those. It didn't have factory air conditioning either, but we had that installed when we bought the car.

  5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now?
    Probably a newer model Camry :-) Maybe a Toyota Sienna (wow) but I really like the sedan model (and having a trunk). if money were no object, it would be nice to have three cars; a Camry for driving most places, a Corolla for hard-to-park situations, and a Sienna for when we have guests or cargo to transport.

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