Sunday, December 07, 2014

Meet Our New Car

We had been talking about giving our 2005 Subaru to Roger's daughter Indigo (mom to baby Luna). So, the other day we decided to drive over to the local Toyota dealership and look at the brand new line of the 2015 Prius. We specifically went to look and not buy. Didn't want to rush into anything, but did plan to come back and buy one.

The very nice salesman showed us the three Prius models available right now. They all look pretty much the same, just with different degrees of high-end computer gobbledygook to really confuse the otherwise computer literate buyer. So, we took one car out for a drive. It drove very well, just like a regular car. Zoom zoom zoom, we went. The very nice salesman didn't try to hard-sell us and talk us into buying a car right then and there. He wrote down the numbers of how much we would spend to buy the car we had just driven. We told him we wanted to go home and think about it. And that's what we did.

The next morning we went back in to buy the car. It took a little longer than we had expected. We had to talk to someone who took our money and then tried to sell us every bit of high end insurance we could ever want or need. We had just bought a brand new car that the salesman had been raving about, and the subtext of the conversation we were having with the person was: CARS BREAK. CARS BREAK. CARS BREAK. BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID.

We were very calm. We said. No, thank you. Please can we go home now?

New cars are seriously in a whole new world. No key to unlock the door. No ignition switch. The speedometer, gas gauge, car temp, dashboard are all electronic. The information lights up and tells you a story all the time. Then, there's the steering wheel with gadgets and buttons so that  the driver can communicate with the car without his/her hands ever leaving the wheel. The car connects to our cell phone via bluetooth. We hardly connect to our cell phone at all. We are primitive people. It's a scary beast this new car. It doesn't turn on unless you do everything in the right order. Seriously. If you hit the Power button before you hold down the brake, nothing happens. Red lights blink at you furiously from the digital dashboard. It might as well be screaming, "Hey dummy you're not doing that right. Start over." I may need a cheat sheet for a while to keep the order of things at hand.

We did learn that we're supposed to drive the first 500 miles at varying speeds to "break the car in." I don't think we've put 500 miles on our old Subaru since we moved here to Arcata. This is a new effort for us, driving around town. We're giving it our best shot. That's why we drove 20 miles up the coast to Trinidad and back. The reward for our efforts was this spectacular ocean and sky all along the way.

30 comments:

  1. Just like new parents getting used to the new addition to the family.

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  2. save even more money, don't turn it on....

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  4. Technology makes me feel as old as looking in the mirror does!! :) Nice car. Been looking at Prius, too. Looks like a drive up to OR may be in store to get some more of those 500 miles! Happy drives ahead.

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  5. I'm so happy for you! I love my Prius and it is 8 years old! Runs like new! No problemo, nada, nunca. If our cars were parked next to each other they'd look like piano keys.

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  6. Pablo-- Yes! The past three morning I've looked out the window to the driveway and thought, "OMG, there's Prius out there!"

    Steve-- We're pretty cool, as cool as your beautiful wife and her Prius! We hardly ever drive. It's an effort to put those 500 miles on.

    Sky-- It's so true about technology, especially the gadgets geared to the younger folks. I've watched teens type out text messages so fast, it blows my mind. I'm a dinosaur in a new world. Yes to Oregon!

    Tara-- Thank you. So glad to know your car is still running like new. That's very promising! Our cars would be cute next to each other.

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  7. Happy New Car! I would dfinitely keep a cheat sheet in the love compartment for a whilw.

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  8. We've had a Prius for seven years and love it, though it did take some getting used to. Now I grumble when I have to take the key out of my pocket to drive the truck, or open the house front door, for that matter.

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  9. I do not want to feel envy. Envy is a bad thing. Why is it that I feel envy? The only way to get rid of the envy is for me to have the Prius. Will you deliver it to me? ;-)

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  10. kenju-- We noticed on our drive today that whenever we had to start the car, we had to consciously remind ourselves of the routine. I think the cheat sheet is the way to go!

    Loren-- It is really heartening to know that you and our friend Tara have had a Prius for so long and love it. That's such good news. It's interesting that you mention grumbling about the keys for other things. We noticed right away that we wanted the front door to open as easily as the car doors do now!

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  11. How well I relate to your story... We just purchased a Camray hybred and are going through a similar adjustment period. I do love the quiet ride!

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  12. Good purchase!

    Love the photos at Trinidad. Maybe it's time for a trip to the Lost Coast or all the way down the coast to Gualala where you could walk on the bluffs and river and beach at Gualala Point and see Black Phoebes (-:

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  13. John-- That is so funny! Thank you for the laugh.

    Endment-- It's good to know that others have found the transition as challenging. I'm looking forward to the car to become as familiar as all the others. Enjoy your hybrid Camry!

    am-- We're actually planning a trip south to see my mom. That will really give the car a good work out. It won't be as pretty as Gualala or the Lost Cost, but it will be time well spent with my mother. Here's a surprise: We have Black Phoebes in our yard here everyday!

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  14. They do the same here when you buy a new car, I just say no thank you. New cars in the UK tend to come witha three year warintee and a year breakdown cover. I long for a car that is normal and does not need a computer to run the thing. Too much technoligy as far as I'm concerned

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  15. One of my clients had the hybrid Camry. Lots of distraction opportunity on the dashboard, but fascinating. I will note that on the series Weeds a drug professional named U-Turn bought a fleet of Priuses for his business because the silent running made for successful drive-by sorties.

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  16. Excellent to read/hear - as we plan on doing the same later next year. Thanks for sharing = Cheers!
    BTW, we have another friend who moved up your way from Texas and hope to make a drive by when we come to visit the son next year also = Cheers!

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    1. Coffee Messiah-- I just realized that I didn't respond to your comment. So sorry about that. We think it's great that you're planning on buying a Prius next year. We'll keep you posted on our experience with this car, as we learn its ways. Definitely drop us note when you're up on the north coast. We'd love to meet you!

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  17. Cool! Those things are pretty popular around here. My mother got a hybrid Civic (the people at the Toyota dealership were jerks, so she went with Honda) and that thing was fun to drive. This was years ago, before all the distractions got built in. Hybrids are good for in-town driving; they don't shine with highway driving, because it's the braking that charge the battery, the stops were it stops idling, etc. You don't get that so much on the highway, unless you're in a traffic jam--in which case, you'll be very grateful you have a hybrid!
    No envy however, even though I've driven my mother's hybrid. I love my Subaru and need the clearance and AWD in the hilltowns.

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  18. If I ever make it to that "next" car level, that is my car of choice. I am envious. I test drove one when I bought my little pick up 10 years ago and loved it. Then it didn't suit my needs. Hard to haul hay in a Prius.
    A new car just screams "road trip." Enjoy.

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  19. Bill-- It's really interesting to know that the same kind of stuff happens in England at car dealerships. I don't know why I thought it was a particularly American thing. Our new car came with all kinds of very nice warranties and coverages for up to 100,000 miles. I'm hoping that all the technological bells and whistles won't be too much of a distraction for me.

    Phil-- I think this car is going to be an interesting learning curve for us. It's a whole new world, and we are very much of the old world. We've let a lot of technology pass us by, and have enjoyed our disconnect. The Prius drives us quietly into the unknown!

    CCorax-- The highway mileage on this Prius is supposed to be 50 mpg. We're pretty happy about that. The new dashboard tells us how many mpg we're getting as we drive. (Seriously, is that not insane?) Yesterday, when we were driving down a hill on the highway, it said 100 mpg! We had a good laugh.

    Arkansas Patti-- Funny you should mention hauling hay. When we opened the hatchback on the Prius and looked in, we both said, "We could probably get a bale in there!" We use hay for mulch in the garden. So, when we buy a house and have our garden, we'll test that theory! I hope you get a Prius next.

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    1. You'll get used to it. And then, you'll go someplace and rent a low-tech car, and I can see you being like Scottie in that Star Trek Movie, shouting commands at it as it careens, unheeding, down the highway.

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    2. Phil-- That's a very funny image!

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  20. I bought a new car this year and I must admit I LOVE all the bells and whistles. However, I refuse to allow it to parallel park for me. Far too many disclaimers in the manual.

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  21. Hey, drive over here for a post holiday cup of mulled wine or tea. It would be good to spend time with you again.

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  22. NCmountainwoman-- I can't even begin to imagine letting a car parallel park for me. That's way too high-tech. I think we'll get used to all the bells and whistles after a while.

    MandT-- Absolutely! We'll let you know when we'll be driving through Sonoma County. We'd love to spend time with you again.

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  23. When are you planning that trip down south to see your mom because I just happen to be on your golden shores. In L.A. with Marti until Dec. 27th. Amazing but true!

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  24. The Prius has been around for quite a while and seems to have really proved itself. I'm sure it will be a good choice.

    I'll bet that the recommendation of driving 500 miles at varying speeds isn't really necessary. Does the manual specifically recommend that? I don't think most modern cars need breaking in.

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  25. jsk-- We'll email you with plans, when we have them. We were going to try to head down before the Christmas chaos, but I have the "Humboldt Crud" and don't want to expose my mom to it.

    Mark-- You might be right about that 500 mile recommendation. I googled around a bit after I read your comment. I wonder why the salesman said that. I haven't checked the manual yet. That's a tome of technical heft.

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  26. Wow, congratulations on the new car! It was very nice of you to hand down your old car to Roger’s daughter. She must have been very happy after finding out about it. Anyway, cars nowadays do tend to have a lot of special features that are quite fascinating. And it’s good that you’re very happy with the ones that are in your new car. Thanks for sharing this post with us. All the best!


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