Some Cars: An Amateur’s Guide.

I had a very steep learning curve yesterday.

Given the fact that all I knew about my job was that it entailed driving a lot of cars around, I think I didn’t come off as too stupid, too often. I hope, anyway.

I drove a lot of cars. Here’s what I can say about them.

Mini Cooper: This car has no suspension. Apparently it is cool to arrive at your destination rattled and jiggly. The dashboard is pretty, but confusing to the eye. I had to stare for thirty seconds to determine what the gas gauge was.

MPV: No branding can disguise the fact that it is a mini van. I thought I heard the echoes of the soccer team as I drove it. Seats remind me of my grandpa’s La-Z-Boy.

Toyota Matrix: Kind of cool, comfortable to drive, and less wimpy than I expected. Easy stereo controls.

Pontiac Sunfire: Feels cheap and plasticky. Engine may be powered by tired gerbils. Stereo also weak.

Toyota Corolla: Handles like a Buick, or what I remember a Buick handles like. The best stereo of all of them. Good bass.

I’m eager to see what I drive next.

7 Comments to “Some Cars: An Amateur’s Guide.”

  1. By Arwen, March 12, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

    Yeah, what is UP with Mini Coopers?

  2. By John, March 12, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

    I’ll say this about Minis.

    Chasing a motorcycle up the roads near UBC?

    Fun.

    “Bumpy, but very turny.” Should be their new motto.

    Not that I would know. cough

  3. By rachel, March 12, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

    Good gas mileage, park anywhere, nicer to look at than most other tinies.

  4. By stephanie, March 12, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

    I’m disappointed about the Mini. It seems so chic to be in one. I guess it rattles the brain.

  5. By Liz, March 12, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

    Rachel, they’re very cute. I’ll give them that.
    Stephanie, that was my disappointment. I thought that for a ‘status’ car they could have done a better suspension job.
    John, it’s the only car of all of those I’d choose to drive along the paths of local golf courses. Not that I ever did that in the Micra or anything.

  6. By cheesefairy, March 13, 2008 @ 11:25 am

    I strongly dislike the Mini Cooper. I even wrote a loathful review of it the day after I drove it. Mostly it was the cartoon dashboard that pissed me off.

    I’m mostly impressed you spent a whole day in co-op cars and didn’t drive a single Mazda Protege? Is that because they just work so don’t need any servicing?

    Also love the Matrix.

    Fun job!

  7. By Liz, March 13, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

    I don’t know where the Mazda Proteges went. There used to be rather a lot of them. Maybe they are magical cars that get re-oiled and re-serviced simply by existing.

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