I got my car 15 years ago today
Saturday, January 04, 2020
It was an exciting day! I got rid of an early Subaru Outback, and got an Outback with a turbo, the XT model. I love that car! I got my motorcycle the month before, and just sold that last summer. If I can't ride anymore, I want to enjoy driving.
I try to think about what car I'd get if this one were wrecked (horrors!), but this market niche is fading away. Subaru doesn't have a turbo in a liftback car anymore. Most people are buying SUVs now, but those are too big for my taste. I insist on stick shift and a manual handbrake so I can engage on a hill the way I always have. I'm told that's a European preference (try to find an automatic rental car in Europe!), but it's also a throwback to my youth, when the family could afford only one car and it had to do everything: haul kids and groceries, and go to the movies. Most cars then had a stick, but it was a three on the tree.
My car only has 125,000 miles on it, it won't last another 15 years, but I hope someone introduces a smaller liftback for those of us who love to drive.
15 years! Who ever would have thought I'd love a car enough to keep it for 15 years?