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In case it wasn't completely obvious, the white car I posted a crappy photo of the other day is now my car.

I drove it today.


I feel like I'm in the lap of luxury. I'm going to make a comparison table:
1983 S10 Blazer1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager Expresso
smelled of gas fumesOnly does so while fueling
allowed exhaust into the passenger cabindoesn't, unless the door is open
~8 mpg~+20mpg
No power mirrorsPower mirrors
Has no passenger side mirrorAll mirrors functional
Tinted WindowsTinted Windows
No back windowBack window
No back windowRear Wipers
Wipers, with intermittent settingIntermittent setting on this car is actually intentional
AM/FM Cassette Stereo with line in via 1/8" patch cableAM/FM radio, no cassette or line in
2 speakersAt least 4
2 door4 (dual sliding doors)
Seats 2-4 depending on number of pop bottles in carSeats 7 with room for lots of empty pop bottles
CarburetorCarb free!
v6 somethingv6 3.3L (?)
Power window (trying to operate the passenger side blows the fuse)Power Windows - all of them even!
A/C and Heat (who needs a compressor though, anyway (IOW: AC setting existed, nothing else did))Dual comfort zone with A/C AND Heat, selectable with pushbutton instead of hand in the dash pulling cables
Car loses all cabin power (lights and accessories) when you hit bumpsOccasionally the power locks go crazy when you hit a bump, but that's probably something obvious
Starts up if you ask nicelyStarts up if you turn key
Grinding noise when you hit bumpsno noise at all. In fact, what bump?
Reeks of gas and other car fluidsReeks of soccer mom
car, go?cargo!
Floor of car contains more oil than persian gulfprobably enough baby puke or something like that to make a baby out of
shares the burden of a rainstormtakes rain like a man

Yea, so as you can see, it doesn't suck. It's actually pretty cool.



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Nov. 12th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
say what you will, but that blazer rocks.
Nov. 12th, 2005 06:50 am (UTC)
definitely. I've never had a car with more will to survive in my life.
Nov. 12th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
you drive a misspelled coffee drink? ;op
Nov. 12th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
yes, I find that single aspect of the car very annoying too. I look at it and say "who the fuck named this, anyway?"
Nov. 12th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
Great to hear that you've actually got safe, reliable transportation now. I never really figured you for the minivan type of guy, however. You do realize that with all that passenger capacity you will be in demand for carpooling to 2600 meetings (perhaps it's the perfect vehicle to kidnap stormgren in?) and events like the Dayton Hamvention and Notacon.

My suggestion, install a better radio with the ability to play your own music (CD, cassettes, iPod, etc.) not just the corporate drivel that dominates the airwaves today.
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
Yea, it goes like this:
"What kind of vehicle are you looking for?"
a) Not made by ford motor company. Every ford (and ford nameplate) I have had has had an awful repair history, and I don't feel like rolling the dice again.
b) Mileage - has to be decent. No SUVs, no trucks.
c) Legroom - must exist.
d) Cargo capacity
"So you're looking for something like a large sedan, or minivan"

I have kinda been interested in a minivan for a while. It seats a bunch, it can have the seats removed to carry cargo, and I can move the seats forward and camp in the back end if I want. Pretty cool stuff.

I have had thoughts of going to notacon and dayton in whatever my next vehicle is, and picked it with that in mind. Kidnapping stormgren was also discussed.

All my anti-commercial radio rants should indicate that I not only considered the possibility that my vehicle only had am/fm, but had planned ahead. I did. My Sirius has integrated FM modulator, and my iPod now has a fm modulator dongle.
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
Yes, but FM modulation has such a horribly narrow frequency range. You'll be losing much of the sound quality you're paying for through the FM modulator. Switching to something in-dash will eliminate that bottleneck in your vehicle's audio system.
Nov. 12th, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
given what was in the Blazer, I never got the impression that SQ was all that big of a deal to Paul :-P
Nov. 12th, 2005 08:48 am (UTC)
Given what was in the Blazer, one might think that vehicle quality was never that much of a deal for Paul.
Nov. 12th, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)
touche :-P

But even thinking back to previous vehicles, I can only describe Paul's audio setups as OK at best. In other words, as long as he can hear his tunes, he's happy. I get the impression that it's the music content that Paul is more interested in, not so much how good (or bad) it sounds.
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
I wish I had a picture of the grey ghetto van I drive. I think you can picture what it looks like if I tell you it's a 1991 Chrysler Voyager and his name is Mr. Spot. ;-) My car would be your new car's fat, balding uncle.
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
Nov. 13th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
FORD=Fix Or Repair Daily

another item you forgot to compare:

Rust is all that is holding the blazer together
Rust has yet to attack the minivan...

You are going to love the van and all the room it has for your gear, etc....
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