Dave’s Car

Let me start by saying this is going to be a really stupid post.

Now that I have your rapt and eager attention, I’m putting this up just because I made myself laugh the other day as I was thinking through it.  I am about to part ways with the car I’ve had for several years.  As the sentimental sort that I am I’ve been thinking through our time together, and I started thinking in amusing ways of how parallel my car is to my Chuck experience.

So after the jump, one of the biggest wastes of time I’ve ever posted.

The car in question is a 2010 Ford Fusion Sport.  I bought it in November of 2009, so its been with me since this Chuck This was new.  This has easily been the best car I’ve ever owned.  I think its gorgeous in “Sport Blue” (draw your own conclusions about my taste).   The car rides and handles very well, both nimble and smooth.  It is quiet on pretty much any surface or at any speed, even better than my father-in-law’s Audi A4.  And I love its premium sound system.  I can crank up the volume on my iPod and enjoy my own eclectic taste in music, whether its The Beatles or 1812 Overture.  This is easily my favorite car ever.

Just like Chuck was my favorite show ever.

So you know there’s a big “but” coming.  When the car was about two years old it had a series of SERIOUS mechanical problems over the span of six months.  Three times it wound up back at the dealership, once requiring a tow.  This was during the warrantee period, so it all cost me nothing except some inconvenience.  The one time they needed it longer than 24 hours I was provided with a rental car.  It really was no big problem for me, and the car has performed flawlessly since.  Most significantly, since the warrentee ended it has cost me nothing beyond routine maintenance.  So it really has been a good car.  But those problems left me with this nagging feeling my car was a bit of a lemon.

An even bigger thing will come as no shock to any Ford owner of the last eight years.  I have a love/hate relationship with Sync.  Its capabilities are awesome.  Voice control of phone, iPod, and standard/satellite radio.  But it is BUGGY!  No joke, the system crashes about once a month.  Some crashes are “hard” crashes too and disable the entire system.  It has no “reset” button, and a mild reboot can be accomplished by shutting off the car and opening the door (!).  But at least three times the system locked up so bad I could only get it back by pulling the fuse and letting it go brain dead for a little while.  (What were they thinking!  A system developed by Microsoft that doesn’t have a user accessable reset button! Doh!)  About two years ago I discovered I was making things harder on myself by using an iPod classic with over 12000 songs on it.  Apparently Sync has problems with indexes going much over 5000 (according to a forum discussion I found); so I switched to a “car only” iPod Nano that I restrict to about 3000 songs at a time.  Now I only have the mildest sort of crashes.  But geez.   What a headache.

So I love my Fusion.  Best and nicest car I’ve ever had.  But I love it with some serious reservations. Serious enough my next car won’t be a Ford.  And I think that makes the Chuck parallel pretty complete.  I loved that show, but I sometimes hesitate in recommending it and I have major concerns about future work by those show runners.

And all that makes me laugh.

~ Dave

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About atcDave

I'm 53 years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I've been an air traffic controller for 30 years; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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22 Responses to Dave’s Car

  1. authorguy says:

    And it went bad in S3.

    “When the car was about two years old it had a series of SERIOUS mechanical problems over the span of six months. “

  2. Garnetflint says:

    I just think you are lucky to have a 2009 vehicle… Mine is from 2002 and is definitely getting long in the tooth. Not to mention it has no HAL system at all. Sometimes the old ones are the good ones. My last car (an Integra) lasted 17 years. What does this have to do with Chuck you ask? Ah, well, not really anything. perhaps my cars are more NCIS than Chuck.

    • atcDave says:

      Hah! That’s great. I like NCIS too. We put over 250k on my wife’s Escape, so no doubt there are virtues to keep in older, solid vehicle.

  3. Ernie Davis says:

    That’s funny Dave. I had a Ford Escort station-wagon for the longest time. It was my first new car after going in to my late 20’s having owned several beater cars and a few unfortunate years of a used Renault Alliance, which it replaced when that car was totaled. I had a love-hate relationship with that Ford. It stranded me only once, and I got well over 300,000 miles out of it (and managed to sell it for $300) but there were enough little things that it always worried me that this or that trip would be it’s last, even though none of them were. By the end I was so unwilling to put money in to it that I was driving it with no A/C, no radio, and a jury-rigged ignition switch that bypassed the keyed ignition, which had broken. It finally donned on me that I did in fact have the means to buy a new car, and had for quite some time. I actually kept it for close to a year after I got my new car, driving on occasion to make sure it still ran, or taking advantage of the station wagon to move things, but I only briefly considered another Ford for the new car. My last new car I almost got a Subaru Outback because it reminded me of that old Ford. In the end it was more than I wanted to spend, but oddly enough, again I didn’t really consider a Ford, even though it was the car I got the most life and mileage out of.

    • atcDave says:

      I do love cars. My first was a ’72 Super Beetle, I had over 200k on it when I totaled it. The junk yard charged me to take it!
      But most my life I’ve been a Ford guy. I’ve had seven if you count a Mercury. A couple (including one of my two Escorts!) with pretty significant mileage.
      This time around the Sync was a big strike against. Ford is switching to Blackberry’s automotive system, like everyone else uses, for new cars in the 2016 year. So perhaps I should say Microsoft is the main reason I’m not buying a Ford this time. but even that isn’t too militantly held. Sort of like my caution about a certain show runner. A Ford started my recent search process as my second choice, and it finished as my second choice. Sync was a strike against, but probably not really the main thing.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      That Escort was also the last car I could work on myself. I used to like that. I also inherited a Galaxy 500 and bought a Mercury Monarch.

      • atcDave says:

        I’ve never been really handy like that, although I did do my own oil changes on the Bug (it was easy, and I was a poor college student!)
        I wouldn’t even consider it on anything now.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I know what you mean. I became semi-handy because of the poor college student thing and actually did some major repairs on all those cars, replacing things like alternators, distributors, cleaning carburetors, etc. but nowadays I wouldn’t know where to start.

  4. anthropocene says:

    Nearing 300 k miles on my 2003 Ford Escape XLT. I’ve always had good experiences with Fords. Stuff wears out every so often when you keep a vehicle that long, but it’s very dependable. Main thing to remember is to change the oil every two months, regardless of mileage. Guess it also helps to live in the desert.

    • atcDave says:

      I’d expect the desert makes taking care even that much tougher.
      Our Escape was a year older, same trim. Great car. But when the transmission died; well, I wasn’t going to spend THAT much on a car that already had 250k!

    • anthropocene says:

      Nothing ever rusts in the desert! Vehicles last a long time.

      • atcDave says:

        That makes sense; the effects of weather and salt take a heavy toll on northern cars.
        But I would have guessed baking in the heat does damage too.

      • Garnetflint says:

        Sadly I have to worry about the temperature more on the low side than the high. We usually get a week of -40 or lower temperatures, and that will do a number on a car. In spite of that I have only owned… a Datsun B210 ( a fun little car for a uni student and my first experience in autobody/paintwork), a 1976 Plymoth Volare RoadRunner (yes bright orange and not as much fun… as whatever you wanted to repair had 6 screws/bolts 5 could be removed easily and the 6th always seemed to require a tool known only to those in the technical trade, so yes someone did actually buy one of these.), a 1987 Acura Integra (the only new car I have ever bought and after 17 years the rear bumber was held on by a bungie cord and did not inspire confidence in the hospital parking lot), and now a 2002 Toyota Camry,( a nice grandfatherly car even though it will likely be years before I can claim the title). Oh wait there was a 2001 Camry that was T-boned by a guy running a stop sign and I usually try to forget that one. There isn’t usually much left of the cars when I am done with them.

  5. Garnetflint says:

    Only slightly off topic but I had to mention that 2 weeks ago I was driving home and saw an odd looking car on a trailer. It was a product of the DMC….a Delorean (Saskatchewan plate “FLUXIN”). Now I have never seen one before, and unless it was being delivered to my neighborhood I will likely never see one again, but the thing that takes the shine off of my Nerd Cred was the fact it was my wife who pointed it out to me! Had she not, I would have driven by it completely unaware as is was I turned around for another pass by!

    • atcDave says:

      Too funny! There used to be a guy in my parent’s neighborhood who worked on them, there would often be three or four in his driveway.
      But its one of those types that hasn’t held up real well. They have become very rare.

      • Garnetflint says:

        I don’t know how many there ever were, but I know they have never been a common sight here. They also look…sort of I don’t know…faded or something ( at least this one did) not exactly “COOL”. It also looked smaller than I would have expected. I have to wonder it it was being prepped for the local “Fan Expo” …a rather low key affair although we did manage to snag Jonathan Frakes and my son’s were impressed!

      • atcDave says:

        I’m not sure, but I think a couple thousand were made. DMC had aspirations of being a major player by everything fell apart before they got very far.
        The “finish” was always a bit odd. It was considered bare metal, stainless steel. But they rarely seem to sparkle. It was a fun looking car, but not shining the way most sports cars are.

  6. duckman says:

    Since were on the topic of cars- wanna check out Zac’s ride? This vid is ancient, and might belong elsewhere, but hey- it’s a distraction from the mask.
    Fingers crossed this works…

    • atcDave says:

      Looks like a nice ride! I’m more a fan of American muscle cars, but I sure wouldn’t say no to a test drive!

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