Friday, January 8, 2016

A New Year, New Wheels

The Nissan Sentra SV
I don't buy new cars very often.  I am more concerned with safe transport than looking cool. So, when I do get a new one, it's a big deal. This past month, however, it was getting increasingly evident that my 2000 Nissan Sentra SE was on its last legs. So, I decided to take advantage of the Year End sales and bought myself a new car!

Happy New Year to ME!

The Sentra SV's hiney
My Dad was Buick man.  I'm more of a Nissan gal, I guess. The new vehicle is also a Sentra, but the new, improved, SV line.  I love it. It's got everything from a rear-view camera to Bluetooth technology.

I'm a happy camper.

The new car is a metallic grey, but looks blue in this light

I began waxing nostalgic over my past cars upon buying this one.  My very first car was a used beige '69 Volkswagen Beetle that I named Bert.  I bought Bert upon graduating from college, after I got my first real job.

Bert had an "automatic" stick shift, which regularly left me stranded in the middle of busy Phoenix intersections. That was the only thing that ever went wrong with it, but it happened on a regular basis. Luckily, he was small and lightweight enough to be easily pushed out of the way, when necessary.

A 1969 Volkswagen Beetle
Bert was totaled in an accident and then got sold to a California Dude who wanted a Dune Buggy. I think Bert had a whole, wonderful new life down at the beach after he left me.  That still makes me happy.

My next car was a Datsun 200SX.  A good friend of my Dad's had bought the car as salvage and totally rebuilt it.  It was a great car with a velvety blue interior.  It had the black louvers on the back window - the ones a friend of mine called "go-fasters".  It had a manual transmission, but I really liked the way it handled.

The Datsun 200SX, circa 1980
Several gazillion miles, a short stay in Nevada and a move to California later, the grey Datsun got traded in for a new Nissan Sentra.  [The Datsun company had become Nissan in the interim.] This was the base model of the cheapest car they made, but it was my first totally new car and I was thrilled.

The Nissan Sentra, 1987-ish
The silver, base model Sentra served me well clear up until the turn of the century.  It literally broke down on the way to the dealership to trade it in.  My friend Vicki and I pushed it into a McDonald's parking lot from where it ended up being towed into the dealership.  It went out in style.

That's when I bought my last car, a gold 2000 Nissan Sentra SE that I named Goldie.  It was the top of the Sentra line at the time and gave you a lot of bang for your buck, including cruise control. I really enjoyed that car. It had a good life in California, and also saw a lot of scenery in Arizona, Utah and Nevada.  I was sad parting with it on Monday.  

The 2000 Nissan Sentra SE
But not that sad!

I'm glad to be starting a new chapter of my life with new wheels!  Look out world!  I've got all the bells and whistles now and I'm not afraid to use them!


1 comment:

Vicki said...

Congrats on the new wheels