My regular ride is a 2006 blue Toyota Highlander. I love my car. It sits up higher that a sedan, but not as high as a truck frame SUV. It holds lots of stuff. It has a GPS built in and a 6 disc CD changer. It has 121,000 miles on it. I consider that just getting broken in. Today it was just broken.
I took it into the Toyota dealership for regular service - oil change, tire rotation, etc. - and I anticipated that it would probably need new brakes and maybe new tires (which I get free for the life of the car as long as I have it serviced at the dealership). So I knew that I would be spending some money - maybe $500 or $600 or so.
So I am waiting at the dealership when the service writer comes out to tell me about the anticipated brakes and tires. And then she hits me with torn shoes and leaking struts. Ugh! That part of the service will cost over $1,200 big ones. That's in addition to the brakes, new air filters, new wiper blades all around, tire balancing and mounting (only the tires are no cost, but that would have added another $800 to $1,000).
They offer me a loaner since the repair will not be finished until tomorrow. And this is what they give me:
Now if you know me, you know that I am not exactly a small person. I'm short enough, but unfortunately a bit on the round side. Add to that three knee surgeries and claustrophobia and you've got me driving in a sardine can. But I was assured that this Scion iQ is bigger than a Smart Car. Boy, was I relieved that I while I would be driving a sardine can, it would be the "bonus" sized one. Rest assured, I appreciate the loaner and not being without a car at my disposal, but I will limit my driving to the four or five miles from the dealership to my home and back to the dealership when my car is finished. It was just too small for my comfort - and my first car was a '74 VW bug!
To be fair, the car isn't that bad. Perfect for city driving on small, narrow streets where you don't exceed 25 MPH. The ride is okay and it is pretty peppy considering that it is probably powered by a family of hamsters running on a wheel. Oops, that's the Kia Soul. Well, for a 1.3 liter engine. It has a radio and a CD player and power windows - both of them! My biggest problem, besides the small size, is that the head rests for the rear seat - yes, there is one - obstruct the view in the rear view mirror.
So, until tomorrow, this is my ride. My Sweet Ride. Hm My Ride. I really want to return you ride and take back my own ride.