Monday, November 13, 2017
After ten years I finally had to say goodbye to my fifteen year old Rodeo! I'd been driving this car since my early twenties. In fact it was only the third car I'd ever had. My first car was an 80 something Chevy Celebrity which I only had for a year or so and my second car was an old, beat up crappy Pontiac Grand Am that I had for around four years. I kept it after I got the Rodeo and hubby drove it for a while before he traded it in for the HHR he has now.
So I'd been driving the Rodeo for ten years. It never bothered me how outdated it was. Heck it had a cassette player that didn't even work the entire time I owned it!! The main thing that bothered me was the blower motor was going out so even though the heat/air worked it didn't blow air unless I kicked the motor under the dash on the passenger side which didn't always work, so that meant lots of trips to work shivering. We got a new blower motor, but didn't have time to replace it. The kicker was when the transmission started going out. I wanted to get another Rodeo because I loved it so much, but I found out they don't make them anymore and after reading reviews I realized that I'd been lucky my Rodeo lasted so long. People had a lot of problems with them apparently.
So after much debate and lots of convincing (because I hate spending money) I decided to get a new car and trade in my Rodeo on it. It would be my first ever brand new car!! I really wanted a Subaru Forester, but they were out of my price range, so I decided to go with a Nissan Rogue because the dealership was having a sale trying to get rid of their 2017 stock. Of course I had to have blue!
Isn't it gorgeous?? I absolutely love this car!!! It's like when I finally caved and got my first smart phone at thirty years old... I never knew what I was missing out on!! This car is awesome!! It has tan interior and although I'm not a fan of light interiors it has grown on me and it is much cooler.
The greatest thing ever about this car is that when I'm driving and I get a text message I can hit the little answer phone button on my steering wheel and it will read my text out loud to me, then it sends a response back saying I'm driving, so I never have to take my hands off the wheel or look away from the road and the person texting me knows not to expect a response since I'm driving. It is awesome!
It has blue tooth so I gave my hands free device to hubby for his car. The only thing I never liked about the cars that use the speakers to talk on the phone is that people can hear what the person is saying outside the car unless you have it turned way down (which I don't because I'm deaf). It's okay though because when you're driving no one can hear and I just don't use it when sitting in the parking lot at work.
One of the main reasons I chose the Rogue is because it has a lot of storage space in the back. It's equivalent or better than what the Rodeo had. Heck I use my car as my tack room (literally I store my saddles and tack in my car) so I needed plenty of room lol. It also gets great gas mileage. Because my Rodeo had some problems I was spending almost $100 a month on gas. Now one tank of gas lasts a whole month in my new car!!
So now that I have a new car all of a sudden things that never bothered me before are bothering me now. Like.....
The cats on my car!!!!! It never bothered me with the Rodeo (pictured above), but it bothers me with the new car. I never cared about having a clean car before, but I like for the gorgeous metallic blue Rogue to be clean.... sigh. Any suggestions?? I wish I had a garage lol. Someone suggested spraying them with a water hose, but I'd have to spend the entire day out there and I'm afraid they will scratch it when they launch themselves off of it. Oh well, the Rogue can't stay perfect forever. I plan on having it for 10+ years too. It was so funny the car dealer's expression when I told him I'd had the Rodeo for ten years. He said most people rarely keep cars for more than five. Heck some of my coworkers trade out their cars every year or every other year.
Anyway I've rambled enough. I just wanted to share since I'm excited and you'll probably start seeing the Rogue in pictures after seeing the Rodeo in them for ten years.