I flew down to Los Angeles this morning, bought the car, and drove it home.
First, I want to thank you regular readers for putting up with my harebrained ideas and inability to make a GD decision. In the last six weeks, I've seriously considered getting the following cars-- Lincoln LS, Jaguar X-Type wagon, Lexis IS300 SportCross, BMW 535Xi, Honda CR-Z, Lexus ES330, Toyota Avalon,....
We are in a drought and of course, it rained in LA this morning. The car looked even cleaner in person.
The car is fantastic. It's much more refined than the Volvo. From the thunk of the door closing to the drivetrain, it's a big step up. I would imagine that in theory, it would be very solid and comfortable at 105 mph. In theory.
The previous owner is a Japanese fellow who is apparently a neat freak. There is no wear and tear on this 2008 model, which has just 43,000 miles.
I woke up at 4:30 this morning for the early flight, so I had to take a caffeine break on the drive back. The food was awful.
I drove through a dust storm for the first time.
There were a few oddities to get used to. First, I noticed that the font size for 100 mph and over is smaller than 90 and under. Also, there is the Night Panel button. I thought it just turned all of the instrument lights off, with the exception of the speedometer. But in addition, all of the gauges (except for the speedo) also turn off when the Night Panel button is engaged. They even make a whirring, zipping sound when they shut off (that may not be intentional).
The odd cupholder is not as flimsy as I thought. However, I accidentally struck it with my hand three times during my drive up. It's going to end up in pieces, one way or another.
Finally, the passenger's side rear view mirror also threw me off. The outer edge is curved in order to eliminate the blind spot, but it just confused me more.