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.