December 13, 2016

Fit for the Purpose

So, I got one of these:
Yellow Honday Fit
It's a 2017 Honda Fit. While I loved my 2004 Chevy Cavalier, it was a coupe, and getting a baby into a rear seat was not something I looked forward too. Plus this car is a lot safer overall, with ABS, traction control, airbags, and a structure that will hopefully protect the occupants during a crash.

I'm going to miss the old girl, but I got a great trade-in value for it. The dealer thought it likely that it would be sold to an "enthusiast" and would end up with a turbo- or super-charger by next summer and be tearing up the track. One can only hope. Although if it ends up as some poor single mother's commuting machine, that's an honorable retirement too. It's got a lot of miles left in it, so I hope it gives someone else loyal service.

As for me, I'm adjusting. I keep reaching for a non-existent clutch. Also, the rear of a hatchback is heated space, unlike my old car's trunk, so I'll have to put my lunch in an insulated container. I'm still figuring out where to stash all the stuff that I keep up front– sunglasses, work ID, phone charger, etc. The sound systems is better than the old car, so there's that.

Anyway, here's hoping for another decade plus of reliable transportation. Odds are the next car will be electric, and perhaps even autonomous.

Come spring I'm going to get a hitch receiver installed, and then get a hitch-mount bike rack. My current rack won't really work on a hatchback. Later I could put in the wiring harness and actually tow with it, too. The manual says not to tow, but the exact same model of car sold in Japan and Europe, made in the same factory and the only difference being the speedometer set in km/hr and the language of the owner's manual, has a rated towing capacity of 1000kg and a hitch as a factory option. That's enough for a light cargo trailer or a pop-up camper.

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