Monday, April 14, 2008


The search is over! And the answer is... none of the above.

Not so long ago, I asked for advice on buying a new car, and got 52 responses. As you might remember, my top listed options were the Acura TL, the BMW 328i, the Honda Accord, and the Infiniti G35.

I am now the owner of a new car, and it is none of the above. Instead, I'm the proud and happy owner of a car costing much less than any of those-- a black Mazdaspeed3. It's great little car which fits all of my requirements, and is a technological marvel. If you love to drive, and I do, it is a wonderful little friend to have.

On the road to this decision, a bad experience with Vandergriff Acura soured me on having to deal with out-of-town dealerships for the the long-term relationship I usually have with a car. My new Mazda was purchased from Charles Silmon down at Miller Mazda here in Waco, and it will be easy to bring it back in. It fits me in a way my BMW 530i (in many ways, a perfect car) never did-- the bigger car was always kind of ostentatious, and that is not me, or at least I don't want it to be me.

0-60 in 5.4 seconds. A great short-throw manual transmission. A rockin' stereo. A back seat. I'm a happy driver.

Congrotulations, Osler. I believe you have made a good choice.
I mean, congratulations. I was not trying to reinvent the spelling.
that is AWESOME and I hate to be a stalker but I remember things about people regarding cars and I REMEMBER you saying you loved that same car a while back!!!! like a YEAR ago!!!! so you made the right choice!!! is that the color you picked>? Mazda has awesome stick shifts.
Congratulations, Prof. Osler! Incidentally, your title line reminds me of the movie "Brewster's Millions" with Richard Pryor and John Candy. Good flick.
Neither Bob Seger nor Bruce Springsteen will ever write a song about a Mazda.
...a shaggin' wagon?!
Ostentatious? I'm hurt.
"Their Mazda 3 hatchback is also a rather spicy little number."

That was from my original post from when you were asking for advice.
Too bad about the pole coming out of the roof though. Did that happen on the way home from the dealership?


Bob Seger DID write a song about this car, but "Like a Rotary Engine" just never went anywhere. And it was hard to dance to.
That's not a pole, that's the laser beam option Prof Osler can use to destroy slow moving cars in the right lane of I-35.
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