||[Jan. 4th, 2008|12:21 am]
The Prius is a curious car. Not so much as a car, necessarily, but as a focal point for discussion and an ever growing OCD. "How's the Prius doing?" I'm asked at least twice a day, and of course I've been thinking about it, so I have a longer-than-one-sentence reply. It's a gadget, no doubt, but Toyota has sold too many of them for it to really be a novelty anymore. I suppose "new to me" is still a valid reason for distraction.
In any case, I really like it. It might be simpler to say what I don't like, which includes:
a) A few squeaks and rattles in very cold weather.
b) The auto dimming rearview mirror doesn't sense headlights particularly well.
c) Gumball spare tire, despite having adequate space for a full-size spare.
d) Whip rather than in-window stereo antenna.
I also don't know that my current level of obsession is particularly healthy, and the Prius community online certainly does nothing to discourage fanatical analysis of every bump, squeak, minor quibble, and so forth. This is completely unlike my ownership experience with my Subaru, where the car and I had a tacit understanding that I would beat the living hell out of it, and that was that. Load the car with 500 lbs. of bagged manure? Don't mind if I do!
I've never actually owned a new car before, and Necia says that my current... behavior... will mellow somewhat over time. But, there's a distinct possibility that I'm just a Prius fanboy, smug emissions and all.