New Wheels For Car Boy--Update

Posted by: David Kiley on November 26, 2007

I thhought I had decided what to buy. After weeks of deliberation, I thought I would get the Saturn Astra. But not any more. First, the availability is now sometime in January. They were supposed to be here by November.

But more importantly, I found out I can’t get factory-installed Sat radio. I recently got rid of my Subaru, which had an after-market Sirius radio, bolted to the dash. I hated that. Not again.

Riddle me why a 2008 GM model, even if it is being impported from Europe, can’t manage a factory installed XM radio? Give me a break.
We can manage a space station and split the atom. And the new Ford Focus can play my music by voice command. But the Saturn Astra can’t manage a proper in-dash Sat radio?

The first snow-fall in Ann Arbor and the sliding around I did in my fwd Suzuki press car today also reminded me that I might want to re-think not insisting on an awd vehicle, which, of course, kills gas mileage.

Maybe I need to build my own car.

Reader Comments

Noz

November 26, 2007 9:22 PM

Congrats for dumping the Arstra, and forget the wrong reasons.

As long as you live where there is use for an AWD vehicle, why not swallow your pride and buy one. There is just one brand, Subaru. On the other hand, I have no problem with my HONDA PIlot qualifying when driven in "2" or lower and the 4WD button punched. Even the HONDA CR-V. Buy something that is capable of the task and will not cost you hours in the repair department. I can list these if you want, or don't want. AVOID any/everything German, anything LR, everything USA branded, etc. and so on. The short list, HONDA and Subaru. And the long list is identical.

Now is a time for folks such as you to rethink what is offered for sale here in Barbaria (and why) vs throughout the rest of the world. Not a nice picture when examined passion-free.

Chris

November 30, 2007 10:46 AM

Dave, the lack of a sat radio from the factory is keeping you from buying a car? Can't you buy an aftermarket satellite radio; it's not like they're huge CB radios that would prevent a clean install. What happened to the Mazda3? And you do NOT need AWD for the snow that falls in real quantiites about five times a year in Ann Arbor, you need decent M+S rated tires.

Noz

December 6, 2007 8:48 PM

Well, M+S tyres AND satellite radio if you can stand it. You may well be stuck for many hours, if only a couple of times a year. All it takes is freezing to death one time to finish the script.

I let the satellite radio lapse, and with pleasure. Howard Stern I don't need as long as there is terlit paper. If ever there were another popular representative for those inarticulate down-right worthless self-absorbed human animals, I don't recall the time, nor the name. Dan Rather? How about losers Katie Couric? Tom Brockaw?

Seems to me, if one thinks back far enough, the primary requirement for foul-weather driving is knowledge and experience. And patience. And yes, decent rubber, road clearance, tow-hooks and ropes, appropriate clothing, most of which folks don't want to be bothered with these days. And sorry to say, few of them live to see themselves on TV as either rescued, or just frozen corpses.

And by the way, I forgot to add the HONDA Ridgeline to my short list of snow-country vehicles. It can carry over 8cuft of snacks.

Now that I think of it, for a decent emergency radio, and a lot more very interesting and exclusive stuff, try one of the wind-up models from .

Rui

December 7, 2007 9:59 AM

Get the new GTI! Comes with Sirius installed from the factory. If your that hell-bent over AWD, dish out a few more bucks and go with the Volkswagen R32.

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