OK, after saying I would get rid of the Jeep and then saying I wasn't....I finally did.
I traded it in and got a 2001 Neon. I know, I know. Econobox/shit/crapbox. BUT, no more car payments and it gets great gas mileage. It only has 17,000 miles on it. So, I also keep the factory warranty for another year. I pick it up on Thursday morning.
I've come to that point in my life that everyone comes to (if you haven't yet...you will) That certain things become more important then others. Getting a house is VERY important to me right now... so for the next few years, I don't care what I drive as long as it gets good gas mileage (my commute is now 100 miles a day) and has a radio that plays the traffic every 10 minutes. (Boy, I AM getting old!)
Anyway, here's my take on the walkaround and test drive.
Nice looking car for a econobox. Looks like a mini 2nd Gen Intrepid. Inside, the controls are well laid out and the seats are comfortable and supportive. The dash looks like it is a better quality then my Jeep (interesting....) Funny thing is, the seats have the same EXACT pattern that my Intrepid had...pretty comfy. I was pleasantly surpised by the interior room and ergonomics (again, comparing to other domestic econo cars I've driven).
The drive: OK, this thing is not pretending to be anything but an economy 4 banger. It's slow. It's agonizingly slow. BUT, I was surprised at the stiffness of the body structure over bumps and rough roads, not one rattle (can't say the same for my Jeep). It's a tank. I took it on the parkway up to 80mph and no shimmying or wandering...it tracked straight as an arrow. Stomped on the brakes, no darting or pulsating.
So....in the end, I no longer have car payments. I now have a fuel efficient car that will be driven 100 miles daily without breaking the bank. I can't go offroad anymore and I can't drive any faster then the Geo Metros that will most likely be passing me. But, it's just a commuter car for me (no JoeKD intakes for me!)...on the weekends we'll be using the Accord (with all the leather and goodies) for our "drive around town" stuff.
Oh, and in tradition of the Intrepid and the Jeep.....it's Green.
It looks pretty much like this (ugly, but who cares?) except it's green
Time for a new signature!...again!