Sunday, December 21, 2008

Driving the new motor

I will get my fair share of driving the new car when we are out and about, but I also have to get used to R's old car, the one I now have to pay the rego and insurance on. Believe me, if you have separate money, and pay for your partner's new car, less inheriting his old one, it is a nightmare to calculate.

R's old car wireless is extraordinarily complicated and a much cheaper and nastier unit than I have in the old Mazda. I will have to switch from illegal cassettes to illegal cds. I did read that there is button to shut off City Link announcements in the tunnel though. Yes, I have read the operational manuals for R's car. I learnt that you can raise or lower the seat belt mounting and the steering wheel. I also learnt that to raise or lower the headrests, there is a catch to release them. Not sure why I would to alter mine, the driver, but who knows who might be in the car.

Alhtough my old Humber had three different interior lights, the front one being built into the mirror, the rear ones on each side and individually operated by a beautifully smooth sliding switch and by the rear passenger, at least the Humber had a glove box light. My old Mazda has a glove box light. R's new car has a glove box light. But the Hyundai does not have a glove box light! Map reading lights, tick, cigarette lighter light tick, ashtray light tick, but I don't use any of those........well I don't really use the glove box either, but that is beside the point. If they can put a glove box light in a Humber in the early sixties, I would have thought the Koreans could have put one in a 2000 Hyundai.

My old Mazda has cruise control, which I use quite often. The Hyundai does not. The new Mazda does of course.

Ok, worked it out. If I need to go to Pakenham to visit Mother, then I will take the new Mazda and R can take the Hyundai to work, but I am still a bit bitter that the car I am ridding myself of has a light in the glove box, a motorised swivelling air con vent, and cruise control, and the one I am getting does not.


  1. Anonymous11:57 pm

    Cruise control eh? I have relatives who don't like it because, they say, it removes the sense of control you have over the vehicle.

    Any photos?

    And I've got a friend in Pakenham...the journey there of which I don't look forward to (knowing the notoriety of the Pakenham line).

  2. I don't think I have ever had a car with a glove box light.

  3. Personally I'd have kept the 1980's Mazda over the 1990's High-Undies, but thats just me being biased about a quality Japanese car that actually handles versus a snotty old Korean shit-box filled with rattles and missing a glovebox lamp!

  4. Taking the new wheels for a drive to Pakenham is a good idea. Your mum might even like to take a spin in it too..with you driving of course!

  5. Cars, meh!
    Now give me a lovely old EK Holden and I'll take to you about real air-con :P

  6. My dad has an old Humber Hawk, all leather upholstery and orange indicates on little arms that emerge from the side of the car and poke cyclists in the eye. Manages about four hundred feet to the gallon. The thick smell of leather always made me feel sick though...

  7. You didn't mention the nut behind the wheel.

  8. Reuben, ask your rels if they have ever driven to Broken Hill. I will be interested to learn of improvements in the system over 23 years. While my mother was city born and bred, she liked the idea of rural Pakenham which was not too far from the city. She had no idea it would become the monster it has. Frankly, neither did I.

    Victor, I just recalled, even before the Humber, I had a 1969 Valiant Regal. It too had a glove box light. Every car I have had, had one!!!

    Kezza, yo dissing my car? I don't drive in the manner, well not any more, where I need a car that handles. It does not rattle. We have had it for eight years and the only cost apart from servicing and new tyres, was a set of plug leads. It was built to a price. Standard car for its time, but we want to sell plenty, so get the price down. Get rid of some courtesy lights, ABS, real wheel disc brakes, cruise, passenger airbag, etc etc. Truly though, it is not a bad car. No cachet though, I know.

    Christmas day will be so flat out Cazzie, no time for giving people a ride in the new. Mum will get to ride in it soon enough. Probably to a funeral, if not before.

    A '64 EK Jayne? I could write for hours. Sloppy two speed Hydramatic auto, or manual three on the column, with a clutch for gym built legs. Brakes needed gym built legs too. Sedan? Station Sedan? Or Special in either model. But wait, that was the first model to have a Premier. How could they make a car so quiet and luxurious, and yet so slow to move and slow to stop. Ah, yea, as an after sales thing, the added PBR power brakes, complete with a warning sticker for fellow motorists.

    Gee Brian, that must be pretty old to have trafficators. (Morris called them trafficators, not sure if the word is well known) When I needed a part for my Humber, there was a specialist place to buy them. Prominent was a sign, All bits falling off this car are of the finest English workmanship. But actually they were very well made.

    Jahteh, you would do well to leave me and massive gonads out of the chatter.


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