Friday, October 19, 2007

My new ride

2006 PT Cruiser:

Ain't she a beaut? And no, I'm not talking about my brother's Matrix parked behind it.

She's a quirky little car, but I'm liking her.

Here's some of the things that have thrown me so far.

  • The button for the automatic transmission shifter is on top instead of on the side.
  • The door handles have a button on them to open the door, they don't pull out to open like my brother's Matrix and my grandmother's Corolla. You have no idea how many times I've pulled on the things.
  • Closing the hood. I'm used to easing them down all the way and pushing down a little to close 'em. On these, the manual says you have to lower it to about eight inches up and then drop it. Trust me, the other way doesn't work. I spent ten minutes in the driveway like an idiot trying.
  • The cup holders. The big cup holder for the driver is way bigger than the one the Alero had. I used to be able to put the straw in the cup holder and then put the cup from McDonalds (or wherever) in and they'd both stay. Well, I tried that and the straw fell between the center console and the drivers seat, so I had to fish it out.
  • No cruise control. Not a big deal, just an accessory that wasn't on this one.
  • The headlights don't turn on automatically when it's dark. This is the first car I've ever driven that didn't do that. There may be a way to turn that on, but I haven't looked through the manual to see yet.

Of course, those'll come in time.

On a side note, my grandmother got talking with the sales guy about her days teaching first grade, and as the conversation evolved we'd found out that she'd actually taught the salesperson's wife. My grandmother remembered her name and everything.

Small world, aint it?

Crossposted to Through our eyes


Amanda Travers said...

It's gorgeous! I can't say it enough. Take care of her, I envy you :P.

K T Cat said...

Way cool! I've rented them and I really liked the ones I drove.