Drove Tam's Subaru Forester* to and from the doc yesterday and I have to say, it's a pretty nice $2.5K-ish used car -- the interior was well-treated and has held up well and it's fun to drive, with a real, genuine manual transmission that has a slightly truck-like feel. Power-wise, it's a step up from The Hottest Needle Of Inquiry, my '03 Hyundai Accent, and feels a little more sure-footed.
I'd like to have one myself but assiduous search has yet to turn one up with the requisite manual gearbox. Automatic transmissions just bug me; I started out with an ancient-at-the-time "three on the tree" Ford and have done most of my driving in cars that lacked the "advantage" of a laggy, sluggish slushomatic. ...Back to hunting for that maybe-someday Model A pickup truck....
* RX: "Tamara, you haven't named your car yet!"
Tam: "I don't name cars. The Zed Drei doesn't have a name, either. The 'Subie' and the 'Zed Drei.'"
RX: (Gives her an amused look) "So that's their names."
Tam: (Returns amused look with 6% value-added Feigned Irk)
One Evening On Kansas II
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