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Even my car wants me to buy a new Miata - Equiraptor's Journal
Even my car wants me to buy a new Miata
I'm starting to think even my car wants me to buy a new Miata.

Since the new year, it's been in the shop three times. First, the air bag control unit (the little blue box) needed to be replaced. Then, a problem with the clutch hydraulics meant my clutch was mostly-not-working.

But this morning, the car really scared me.

I followed my normal starting procedure - turning the car to on, waiting four seconds, then turning it to start and holding as needed. I held the key to start for some time, and the car just wasn't starting. It was turning over - that was quite strong - but just couldn't manage to start. I tried again, and it still wouldn't start. So I turned to the passenger sat to pick up the ECU control panel and saw something out of the corner of my eye... Smoke!

You know the romanticised smoking in old movies? Where there's that thin little line of barely curling smoke rising? Well, that's what I saw coming from the middle of my car, between the two seats. I turned the key back to lock and called JC Autospec immediately.

John told me to have the car towed in and gave me the number of the towing service. Dan's not in today and they're busy, so when I stopped by at lunch, they hadn't even had a chance to look at the car yet. I'm worried about what it might be.

Edit: I'm thinking a 2007 GT with the suspension package and "Premium Package #2" if I can talk them down on the premium package, in either Stormy Blue Mica or Highland Green. Sight unseen I prefer the Stormy Blue Mica, but that may change dramatically once I get to see the colors in person, rather than in pictures. Oh, and, depending, I may want the iPod connection. Don't ask what that depends on, I don't know yet.
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busychild424 From: busychild424 Date: January 11th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: January 11th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I still have some financing stuff to work out. And then I have to figure out colors and options and all that happy stuff. :)
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: January 11th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a navy blue tempo for a while. *shudder* It had no AC.

I'm a lot more flexible about that on convertibles, though. While I'd prefer a tan intereor, I can always carry around towels. They're useful in other situations, too, so... :) I just don't want a "HEY, LOOK AT ME, I'M HERE, YOHOOOOOO LOOOK AT MEEEEEEEE!" color. I don't want flat black because it shows dirt and scratches, and I don't want flat white because it shows far too much dirt. Red is the LOOK AT ME color, so it's out. I'm not real sure about the blue. It may be too bright, too "LOOK AT ME" for me, which would leave silver, grey, and green. Silver and grey are boring, and the green is darker than I wish...

Ok, I'm getting side tracked now. :)
peppermintrose From: peppermintrose Date: January 11th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes. Not good.

And I agree, don't get a black car :)
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: January 12th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
There's a little part of me that hopes it is, so I'll be kick-started into buying the new Miata sooner. There's also a lot of me that hopes it isn't, so I can buy when I'm ready. :/
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: January 12th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
True, but the difference between now and when I'd want to buy is the size of the down payment. Aaaand, I could drive one of my parents' Camrys until I get the down payment I want. This would just encourage me to do things like spend less money on food / random small toys so that I have a larger down payment sooner. :D
belleaire From: belleaire Date: January 12th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
You've been good - you deserve a new one. I want to see a picture when you get it.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: January 12th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
*grin* Why thank you! I'm sure Nugget will be on hand with his Canon, and my mother just got her first digital camera for Christmas, so this will be a perfect time for her to practice. ;)
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