Apr. 22nd, 2005
Breaking up  
It's over.

Today, my car left me stranded at home—the battery deader than the old pope. I did, however, resist the temptation to club it twice with a heavy mallet.

Just a week ago, I had to take it in because the left wheel was making noises as if it were going to fly off the car. These weren't your normal tire noises (although I just had to have two of those replaced), but more like the noise a monkey might make if you shoved a penguin up his butt. It was of course under warranty and repaired.

This time, however, it made only a couple little electrical spark noises accompanied by a frightening (but interesting) display in the dash. The car has electroluminescent odometers, which, evidently when underpowered, flicker just like the con of the Enterprise when it's under attack. The speedometer would quickly flicker and go out, while you could almost watch the tachometer appear to quickly try to draw itself. They didn't appear to be in sync, and it was as disarming as it was neat (after I realized what was causing that freakish display and "no my car isn't about to blow up.")

I've not been particularly excited about my car lately. This would be the first time that she has left me stranded, of which I am not particularly fond. I think I've realized that a 4-year lease is entirely too long a time to have a relationship with anything—especially a car. Because now the honeymoon is over. She doesn't smell the way she used to, the intoxicating aroma of that new car smell long gong. Then with the shape of our roads after all this rain, I've ridden her hard and put her away wet. And let's face it, the bitch turns like an SUV.

As with any breakup, there are logistics to deal with. We still have to live together until November, but the love is gone. I think I knew that when I had that G35 sedan as a loaner and was disappointed they didn't need to keep mine over the weekend. For the time being, I can only looking longingly at other cars on the road—like the G35 coupe or the Acura TL—and count the days until we go our separate ways, when I'm free to choose another car that will treat me right.
 
 
Listening to: Muse - Time Is Running Out
 
 
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Gantriochgantrioch on April 23rd, 2005 - 01:44 am
You're buying your next car :-p.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on April 29th, 2005 - 07:41 am
eh.. what's the point? I get bored with them and want more buttons.

Where's the car with downloadable firmware... damnit.
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xed_geekxed_geek on April 23rd, 2005 - 02:49 am
hehehehe.
Well at least it will be a clean breakup. You will probably not see it again, it won't call you at some point in the future in some drunken state to tell you that its all your fault. And it probably won't trash your house on the way out.

I have had my car for over 5 years now and no major problems. Granted I am now starting to look for a replacement.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on April 29th, 2005 - 07:40 am
5 years? I can't wait that long!

I need... more... buttons.
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xed_geekxed_geek on April 29th, 2005 - 07:55 am
And blinky lights, can't forget the blinky lights!
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eviltickles on April 23rd, 2005 - 04:24 am
the new car smell is caused by cancer causing benzene in the plastic!
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Gantriochgantrioch on April 23rd, 2005 - 05:06 am
New car smell isn't that bad.

http://pubs.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/stuff/8020stuff.html

Substituted benzenes are nowhere near as nasty as benzene itself.
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eviltickles on April 23rd, 2005 - 04:12 pm
not that i'm buying a new car anytime soon, but if i was, i'd find a way to get rid of the new car smell as soon as possible. it's just noxious.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on April 29th, 2005 - 07:39 am
oh good lord no.

New car smell is teh secks.
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The People's Exhibit A: droolsdavidology on April 29th, 2005 - 07:40 am
mmm... substituted benzenes.
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Jean-Baptistexorn on April 23rd, 2005 - 06:30 am
ooh, November car shopping. If your tire is making that much noise so frequently, it's probably the axle.
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Justin Carceratedmofo69 on April 23rd, 2005 - 04:53 pm
muse... fuck yeah.
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cappyaircappyair on April 24th, 2005 - 01:44 pm
"I did, however, resist the temptation to club it twice with a heavy mallet."
ah...so you did club that bitch once at least!

LOL
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on April 29th, 2005 - 07:38 am
Re: "I did, however, resist the temptation to club it twice with a heavy mallet."
haha considered it. but then the leasing company probably would have made me pay for it... bastards.
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gatinho69gatinho69 on April 25th, 2005 - 08:08 pm
Go for the Acura TL. Sweet car. I am not in the market right now but if I was that would be my next automobile. I have an Acura Legend that looks and runs flawlessly, going on 7 full years with it and still love it to death. I am a bit surprised to hear that after only four years your ready to let your Infiniti go. Sounds to me though like it hasn't held up to well. That alone is quite a surprise.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on April 29th, 2005 - 07:42 am
It's held up, but I get bored quickly. And the thing has always turned like a @#*&@*& SUV. I need a tighter... turning radius.
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