10/14/2015

a better view

We aren't really big on 'keeping up with the Joneses' but sometimes you just have to upgrade. Last week we bought a new-to-us car.

It's a 2008 Nissan Xtrail, imported from Japan. The electronic console (and, of course, the GPS with a female voice) were all in Japanese, as is the owner's manual. Strangely enough, there were a few English words on the console and I recognized the letters 'AV' but the rest was just a guessing game to figure out how the radio worked. We finally made it a game of  'I dare you to press the button', but the GPS would come on at random times along with a map that we think was the last directions to the port before it was exported.

Yesterday, Hubby had the console replaced with one we can read and understand. As he took the old one out to the shed, he said, 'Let's see if she can figure out where she's at now!'

My only requirement for the new car was that it sat up high so I didn't have to hurt my knees getting out. The Xtrail works very well, as it sits a lot higher than the last car.

It sits up so much higher that, when we took a ride along well-known roads, we made each other giggly by saying, 'Look! I didn't know that was over there!' or 'Hay! I couldn't see that before!'

Such a fun change. I think we'll be happy with her.

18 comments:

Joyful said...

Good to have a car you are happy with and that doesn't hurt your knees.

diane b said...

Its exciting getting a new car. Sounds like you will have fun in it.

Mersad said...

Congratulations. Nothing beats new car smell :) Good luck with it!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

GaynorB said...

When we travelled in Japan we hired a car from Toyota. With the satnav we found that once we could programme it 'the voice' spoke to us in English. We mostly programmed it by using gps co-ordinates or zooming in to somewhere close on the map display. If our son was with us (who speaks Japanese) we could apttempt the buttons!
I'm sure you will love it. For the past 30 years we've had cars (mostly Landrovers of different sorts) so sitting up high is now my preferred way of travelling - in fact I feel slightly claustrophobic in lower cars.

Gosia k said...

Drive safely

Luis Das said...

....na dann allzeit GUTE FAHRT !!!!
Wir fahren auch einen "Japaner" (Subaru Forester), der ist aber schon neun Jahre alt (80 000 Km)
Schöne Grüße,
Luis

Linda Kay said...

We will be facing a car trade in a year or so, and I dread it!

Janneke said...

No hurting knees anymore and good to be able to see things you never could see, haha.
Wish you lots of pleasure with your Japanese car.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great car story - I'd never considered a language problem with a car. Our KIA say Welcome when we turn it on - and Goodbye when we turn it off - very polite care.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Congratulations on your new car!

Hetty said...

Dear Betty, have a save drive with your new car. I have recently bought a smaller one. But I also see things from apotheek perspectieve. Lower... Groetjes, Hetty

Rhonda Albom said...

We have one of those used cars straight off the boat as well. We have managed to figure out the radio, but that's it. It has a lovely radio screen, now I am wondering if we also have a GPS. Congrats on your new car :)

Anita said...

Sounds like you and your husband are having great fun and adventure with this new-to-you car!
I enjoyed your story. :)

Amy Johnson said...

How funny! Congrats on your "new" car!

Rebecca said...

Good luck with her...may she give you many happy miles.

Marja said...

lol happy you have fun in your new car. Wish you lots more driving pleasure

Anita Johnson said...

Great story...thanks for taking us along for the ride!

Al said...

Enjoy your new car. Mine is from the last millennium and has over 240,000 miles on it!