That’s what I’ve been telling myself anyway. Remember my glib bravado detailing a car aquisition strategy executed on a browser and in a pint glass? Well it seems I possibly should have possibly prodded the tender underbelly of the used car forums before diving headlong into a pool of 4×4 ownership. This is what happens when vague ideas are exchanged for hard cash in less than a week.
Act in haste, repent at leisure eh? Hindsight is a wonderful thing unless it’s happening to someone else. Anyway first the good news, the Honda of Total Reliability is already in a state of transitional ownership. Assuming I don’t tree-wrap in on the way to the station tomorrow, that’ll be about it for me and the trusty old metal steed. I sort of feel bad about it, but – to put it into perspective – it’s nowhere as bad as selling a bike.
The X-Trail should turn up on Friday and if the stories are correct, I’ll be able to see it steaming over the horizon from about three miles away. The problem you see is not the engine, which is properly Japanese but the Turbo which isn’t. When Nissan were Datsun, they were also broke and close to the wall, which can be the only possible reason they agreed to let Renault buy a stake. So while the lumpy diesel chunders away happy under the bonnet, the Turbo attempts to run away as fast as it can. All I can say is Thank Christ it wasn’t a German engine otherwise the turbo would probably have retreated into the boot to form a Vichy government.
It’ll be fine. What do these so called owners know? Self Aggrandisment and Self Importance are two of the Cornerstones of the skewed values of the Internet. I can find you a fantastic example of that right here, right now 🙂 I’m sure really I’ll be untroubled by anything more vexing than putting a bit more petrol in and closing my eyes when signing the cheque for the tax disc.
And the dog is going to love it. In fact, if he doesn’t stop vigourously waking up at 6am in the morning, he’ll be living in it 😉