Monday, July 12th, 2010 09:11 am
I can has...

A new car!!!

This is my brand new, 2011 Hyundai Sonata. It makes me happy. The electrical system is wholly reliable.

I loved my previous car, a 2000 Honda Accord. (not this one, but one just like it, except that mine was much dirtier and dinged and did not have that rooftop deflector thingie...)

Which was all well and great, until the alternator and batter kept falling apart on me. Now I have a new car in which to drive to work at 2200. And it has an awesome, 10-years better radio/telematics system. Hooray! There is much rejoicing!
Monday, July 12th, 2010 13:20 (UTC)
Wow, gorgeous!
Monday, July 12th, 2010 18:36 (UTC)
Yeah. It's pretty sweet.
Monday, July 12th, 2010 13:25 (UTC)
Oh, very smart!! Does it run on Cheezburgers?
Monday, July 12th, 2010 18:36 (UTC)
Sadly no, though it's about 20% more fuel efficient than my old car.
Monday, July 12th, 2010 13:42 (UTC)
oooo nice looking new car. congrats
Monday, July 12th, 2010 18:38 (UTC)
Monday, July 12th, 2010 13:55 (UTC)
Congrats on the new Dave-mobile.
Monday, July 12th, 2010 18:36 (UTC)
Monday, July 12th, 2010 13:56 (UTC)
Yes, but, how's the GPS system?
Monday, July 12th, 2010 18:35 (UTC)
Pretty much the same as Bit's. I should have checked to see if it had that street in Flagstaff the townhouse was on, but I dont remember it anymore
Monday, July 12th, 2010 18:40 (UTC)
But is it repeatedly insisting you "make a legal u-turn"?

; D
Monday, July 12th, 2010 20:22 (UTC)
1. Yes, it does repeatedly ask me to make legal u-turns, sometimes when I only need to go straight.

2. It does have that street where the townhouse in flagstaff was...
Monday, July 12th, 2010 15:04 (UTC)
Fun! And a *great* colour!
Monday, July 12th, 2010 18:37 (UTC)
Yeah. This car looks real sweet in dark colors.
Monday, July 12th, 2010 17:01 (UTC)
Monday, July 12th, 2010 18:38 (UTC)
Monday, July 12th, 2010 21:05 (UTC)
My Mom has a Sonata (the car I took on tour) and it is now 7 years old and still driving like a charm. Congratulations and enjoy!
Monday, July 12th, 2010 23:12 (UTC)
YAY FOR NEW CAR! Is very shiny!
Monday, July 12th, 2010 23:58 (UTC)
Waaay sportier! Congrats on leaping into the latest decade!
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 00:12 (UTC)
Yay, new car! *is jealous*
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 03:13 (UTC)
Congrats on reliable transportation!
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 06:00 (UTC)
Oooh, nice.
My car is 15 years old..and I'm praying it makes it to 16, because I can't afford a new one just now.
Still, I have new car envy!
Monday, August 2nd, 2010 22:15 (UTC)
Thanks Dave - what a beauty!!

The lease on my Saturn Aura is up in 10 months, and my Saturn dealer is selling Hyundai's now. SO glad to know that you like yours. Did they deal? Did you consider any other models?

Congratulations!! Stay cool (if you can@)
Monday, August 2nd, 2010 22:32 (UTC)
I looked mostly at midsized sedans with 4 cylinder engines. The 4 cylinders are getting plenty powerful now, and the gas mileage can be a lot better.

I looked at pretty much all of them. Accord, Camry, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Mazda 6. They're all good, just depends on your preference.

I felt like the Hyundai was the best balance of price, content, performance and style. (Style being a very personal choice -- I liked the Fusion as a car but thought it was ugly.)

The Hyundai dealership by me does a "No Haggle" posted pricing. Pricewise, they were in line with (and slightly better) than the Edmunds ( TMV for my region, so I'm reasonably okay with what I paid.
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 10:18 (UTC)
WONDERFUL - thank you so much Dave!! Enjoy.....
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 13:24 (UTC)
Quick note - not all Hyundais are no haggle - that was just the dealer by me. (He;s got a string of different brands in PA-MD-VA) YOu can research the ones in your area on

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 20:59 (UTC)
Thanks Dave - I appreciate the tip!!

This dealership USED to be a no haggle Saturn dealership (one of the things i liked best about Saturn) - so it may still be no haggle. I will make sure to ask!