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Bye RAV4

I bade farwell today to my internal combustion companion of 5 years, my RAV4 (known as Ravvie by my kids). A long search with many twists and turns culminated in the discovery of a stick-shift Honda CRV at Huey's Honda.

After the traditional bartering a deal was struck, and I am now searching for a good name for the new car.

This is actually the third time I've tried to buy a Honda, and as they say, the third time is a charm.

  • First time, I tried to buy a Honda Accord after grad school. I was told I'd have to wait a month for whatever came in the door, and then I'd pay some $400 over the sticker price. I retreated and bought a Subaru GL Hatchback. I should post my oil-changing story someday.
  • Next time, I was ready to buy an SUV and the CRV was near the top of my list. The only problem was that it did not come in a stick-shift, so I abandoned the CRV and bought the RAV4.

My RAV4 has been a good car, and I hope it goes on to serve its next owner as faithfully. The family just got a little too big for it.

I'm amazed how few cars you can buy these days with a stick-shift. Don't they know that some of us, despite wife, family, and steady job, will not grow up and want an automatic? I would serously have considered the Honda Pilot except that it, alas, has only an automatic transmission (at least in this country).


You can always get the Porsche SUV/Wagon thing that goes from 0-60 in 6 seconds... Porsches always come in manual.

How often do you see a car full of kids racing a Porsche around town?

Posted by: Ed at June 27, 2003 6:26 PM

Yeah I thought about the Porsche, but I didn't like the layout of the AC/heating knobs.

Posted by: rkc at June 28, 2003 8:34 AM