Friday, August 15, 2008

My New Subaru

I bought a new car on Tuesday — a 2005 Subaru Outback with 53,000 miles. My Saturn wagon was 9 years old, had 165,000 miles, was falling apart, was unsafe in winter and was costing too much in repairs. I am just thrilled. I never thought I would be able to afford one of these Subarus. This used car is as good as new. I called the dealership on Monday and they got the financing ready. I walked in Tuesday, selected the car and in an hour I drove home. The total time to pick it out and to sign papers: 3 hours. What a difference from a week of agony and waiting years ago!

This wire kitty, named after my Frankie cat from long ago, was unglued from the dash of my old car and re-glued onto the dash of the Subaru. What a great team at St. Jay Auto! From financing to servicing, this was actually an almost pleasant experience.

"SUBARU" is a Japanese word meaning "unite", as well as a term identifying a cluster of six stars, which the Greeks called the Pleiades - part of the Taurus constellation.
According to Greek mythology, Atlas' daughters turned into this group of stars. In 1953, five Japanese companies merged to form Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. The new corporation adopted the "Subaru" cluster of stars as the official logo for its line of automobiles.
Besides the Big and Little Dippers, the Pleiades is the only constellation I have ever been able to identify in the sky. I have always enjoyed the myth of this constellation. And Subaru has a solid reputation here in the north country — you can get through weather that will stop other cars cold.

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  1. I have a lot of friends who swear by Subarus and you see a lot of them around here. I will stick to my '91 Honda Accord, though, as I will not likely need to replace it now that I have retired. It only has 326,000 miles on it, so without the regular commute it should last for years (It will probably quit on me now that I am not commuting--knock on wood.)

  2. WOW! Congratulations, very cool! I would have liked to have gotten a Subaru when I got my last car (a used Dodge Stratus), but I couldn't afford one!

  3. WooHoo congratulations on your new Subaru :) Just surfing through and wanted to say hi and see how you have been doing! Cheers!

  4. What a great looking ride hope it does well for you.

    The coffee is always on.

  5. Your wire kitty "Frankie" is very cute. What a great ritual to have, transferring him from the old car to the new.


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