We collected our new car on Friday, after handing over a very large bank cheque. Sob. The salesman for our new Mazda 3 Maxx was pleasant and competent. He showed us thoroughly about how things work on our new car before we took it out of the showroom. Most of what he said was teaching grannies how to suck eggs. He seemed to forget that our old car was only five years old. We kind of know about intermittent wipers. We kind of know about air con and ventilation. What he did not show us was how to kill the sat nav lady. We were presented with a bottle of wine as we left and very nice it was too.
We drove it about for about an hour with some pauses to investigate things. The car dealer was very close to the City Link office. We updated the Etag for the auto pay roads. I wondered if I should have asked the older woman at the City Link counter if she remembered a Fen.
My plan was to stop at Westgate Park and take some photos of the new car. The park entrance seems to blocked off by construction sites. We stopped at Station Pier instead. R took his driving turn to Elwood and half way back to The Highrise. It is a complicated beast, but not beyond my understanding. I have read the manual, the salient bits. I have never needed to bluetooth in the past, but our phones are now bluetoothed to the car. It will be so easy to listen to podcasts to and from work. The talking woman, that admittedly I had set up to give us directions when we did not need them, could not be shut up. There is no cancel sat nav button. We found out how to, but it should be easier (now more familiar with it, it is not so hard). She is now set up to only speak when required although even when off, I have allowed her to warn of speed and traffic cameras.
We will get around at some point to going through the voice recognition software, whereby she says words and you repeat them back to her, but so far she hasn't had trouble with our commands. Most likely use we will have for that is 'call home' to alert the person at home to move one car in the garage so that they are in the correct order. While you can't operate the screen while the car is in motion using your fingers on the screen, you can do some things with voice command and everything with a little joystick near the gear stick.
One feature of interest is I Stop, where the car switches off while stationary at traffic lights and restarts as you remove your foot from the brake. I don't know how it works on a manual gear car. We are getting used to it and it works well. If you don't like it, it can be switched off. I am of mixed mind about it. What you save in fuel cost might have to spent on replacing the battery more often, or god forbid, the starter motor. It is taking some getting used to pushing a button to start and stop the car. The button is to the left of the steering wheel and we are both still trying to put a non existent key into a non existent key hole on the right.
I am writing this Sunday, but it won't be up until Monday. We went to Nagambie yesterday for a decent drive, except I can't tell you about that because we haven't been yet.
We were standing outside waiting for the appointed meeting time to collect the new car. R asked if I would miss the old one. No, not really, as I felt tears welling. Just pathetic emo me. This is the last we saw of the old car, as we left by the back entrance in the new car. We won't miss how the iridescent dark blue showed the dirt so badly.
When leaving though, we did drive past where the old one was parked and forgot to wave goodbye, no, not even a backward glance. I wonder if this one will see us out. I don't plan to have a car once I stop working and R will be getting quite old by then and I doubt he will want to drive. It all rather depends on family circumstances and for the cost of car registration, insurance, road side care, depreciation, fuel and maintenance, a lot of public transport, taxis and car share schemes can be paid for.