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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Car Search is Over

This is Steven Petrick Posting:

The search for a new car as ended.

The 2004 Buick LeSabre Special Edition has been replaced by a 2005 Buick LeSabre Custom Edition.

The differences are that the air conditioning and locks are not programmable. The interior is cloth, not leather. There is only a CD player, no cassette player. The seats are not heated, nor are the side view mirrors. There is no lumbar support, and while the seats are powered to move forward and back, the angle of incline is manual only, and there is no built in memory for different riders in a given seat. The On Star system is clunkier, there is no "direction" indicator and it does not tell you external temperature. The car also lacks programming buttons for garage door operation and turning on the houselights.

Further, the car itself is not in as good overall condition. There is about a $1,000.00 of work that will need to be done, not to mention an oil change and replacing the front tires and balancing all of them. The cigarette lighter is missing (an annoyance) and the cup-holder is broken (if I had known this was going to be the case, I could have scavenged these things from the older car, but that is now not possible).

It is a newer car (by a year), and has a lot less miles on it (about 80,000), and the owners were not as kind to it as the owner of the previous car.

Tomorrow I will take it to be serviced, and on the 16th it will go into the body shop to get the gigs on the front end resolved.

And so life moves ahead.