A couple of commenters asked about our car shopping, so I'll take that as an opportunity to show off my new ride! We had done some research online about cars and were a little all over the map with thoughts including the Pas$at wagon, a H0nda CR.V and possibly the new Nis$an R0gue. I'm not a huge car person and have gone long periods of time without a car in my life. 1994 - 2002 for instance. Then when we moved out here from NH in '06 we gave our Cher0kee to W's sister and have been doing just fine with one car since then.
ANYWAY...on New Year's Eve we went to the local H0nda dealership in search of a CR.V. For fun we decided to drive a Pil0t first. It was a beautiful color, slate blueish, and as a 2005, was a bit of a bargain. I effing loved it. It drove like a regular car, but there is a buttload of room and it seats 8. Then we drove a CR.V.
This is a lot like the time that I went in to buy our wedding bands. I was dead set on getting a plain platinum band for myself. I just knew I wasn't the type to want all kinds of bling on my fingers. Apparently the jewelery store man knew me a bit better than I knew myself. He tells me I've got to try on a band with diamonds first. "You need to be able to wear it alone," was his helpful advice. Of course I loved it. But, in my attempt to save money for margaritas on our honeymoon, I decided I should really look at the plain bands. When I put it on it just looked so sad. No sparkle. No shine. No contest. I went with the diamondy one.*
So, yeah, driving the CR.V after the Pil0t was a lot like that experience. I do think our decision was valid, though. The Pil0t will seat way more people, drives better and is a quieter ride.
Amazingly we didn't just buy it that day. We are total suckers for immediate gratification and have bought almost everything we own on trips to "Just Look." But somehow we resisted that day and it paid off! I was checking the dealer's website the other day and saw that the very same car had been priced to sell because of high inventory - Thank you shitty economy! We ended up getting it for below wholesale and at 3.9% financing. Rock on! Here it is right outside our house.
I should point out that we did consider the 0dyssey for a bit. Practically I can see the argument for it, but we're not ready yet. We just left the City for the 'burbs. We can't buy a minivan, too! No, that wasn't our (entire) basis for decision. And I'm sure it will be our next car. One major consideration was the lack of 4wd. Although we live in the Bay Area, we want to go to Tah0e as much as possible and the 4wd will be great to have. Hopefully we can keep the Pil0t forever and make it our Tah0e car.
*I was also charged with choosing W's wedding band that day. I saw this perfect one made of titanium, which I knew he'd love. It was only about $170, so I was a little worried that he'd think I was making him get a cheapo so that I could get my blinged out one, but he was so happy with his ring that he didn't seem to care. Woo hoo!
Gotta go vote! Go Huckabee!