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Jan. 4th, 2007

06:42 pm - New car, part 2

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So we decided I'd get a white one after all. So now I own a white 2007 Toyota Yaris.

Now begins the breaking-in period, where I drive it carefully for about a week, and learn all the ways in which it's different from my Chevy Cavalier. The worst thing, so far, is that the cover on the little storage compartment between the front seats is so wide that it's hard to reach down beside it to fasten my seat belt. And the cover seems to be wider than necessary; it's much wider than the compartment itself. Why do they make them like that?

Another thing is that I'm going to have to modify my habit of putting my shoulder bag on the passenger seat. This car can detect if there's a passenger, but it mistook my bag for a passenger and beeped at me to warn me that the passenger-side seatbelt was unfastened. That can't be disabled, can it? If not, I'm going to have to either put my bag on the floor, or start buckling my bag in.

Oh, and another problem is that traveling to FC will take me out of town from Jan. 14 to Jan. 27. The license plates may not arrive before the 14th, and the temporary tag will expire on the 25th. If the plates haven't arrived shortly before I'm scheduled to leave, we'll have to get new temporary tags. They can do that, right?

Current Mood: curiousconcerned

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From:ronbar
Date:January 4th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
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I test-drove the Scion xA (the curvy one) a couple years ago and the Yaris sounds even nicer. Consumer Reports reviewed sub-compacts and compacts a couple months ago and I think the Yaris got the top spot for 2007.

If you put your bag on the seat and don't belt it in, it can bounce around in a lethal way in an accident. It's less likely to bounce around in the passenger foot well. I'm usually too lazy to belt mine in and I get tired of it falling off the seat, so I put it on the floor.

The seat weight sensors usually determine whether the airbags for that passenger deploy in an accident. Messing with them typically turns on the Service warning light and trouble codes for the sensor, and a lot of states fail cars for emissions and safety inspections if any service lights stay lit after the engine is started.

It's odd the dealership didn't give you permanent tags. Replacement temporary tags are usually easy for new cars, since they don't need inspections.
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From:jmaynard
Date:January 4th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
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1) Sounds like the cover for the storage compartment doubles as an arm rest, or is supposed to.

2) Yes, they can give you a new set of temporary plates...but I would be mildly surprised if your permanent ones didn't arrive before you left on the trip.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 4th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
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But my arm's not that wide!
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From:vakkotaur
Date:January 4th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
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What about your arm and a passenger's arm?

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From:deckardcanine
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Also consider that many modern services are preparing for people who could be sumo champs if interested. I've felt oddly embarrassed many times when I've sat in a chair made for one of them.

Actually, in the cars I've ridden, the storage compartment is awfully low for an armrest. Maybe it's the principle of the thing.
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From:orv
Date:January 6th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, but the arm rest on that side has to handle two arms. Plus your passenger's. ;)
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From:shockwave77598
Date:January 5th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! (Now I wonder what a Yaris with eyes looks like.)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 6th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
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I haven't moved anything over from the old car yet.
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From:orv
Date:January 5th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Buckle the seatbelt and then set the bag on top of it? Of course, then if you get in an accident that airbag will deploy unnecessarily to try to protect your bag from injury, increasing the repair costs by several hundred dollars. So maybe that's not a good idea.

I stopped putting my bag on the seat because it tended to slide onto the floorboard when I hit the brakes hard. I figured my laptop was less likely to get damaged if I just put the bag on the floor to begin with. But it was sometimes hard to get the bag back out if it tipped up and wedged itself under the dash.

Now, my current car used to be a police car, so it doesn't have a center console. I wedge my bag into the resulting empty space between the front seatbacks. That works pretty well.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I didn't even realize they sold retired police cars to civilians. Sounds fun.
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From:orv
Date:January 5th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Yup, most departments auction them off.

The mechanical differences between a police car and a regular Ford Crown Victoria are pretty minor, these days, although the handling is noticeable improved. The interior doesn't have any of the luxury-car B.S. in it, though, which I like. The other day I spilled a Coke on the floor, and just wiped it up off the rubber mat. No carpet to worry about.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 6th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
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How does that line from "The Blues Brothers" go? Something like, "It's got cop steering, cop brakes, cop shocks..."
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