After driving it for 230 miles, I’ve fixed almost everything and have some first thoughts.

As far as the fixes go, it hasn’t been too bad. Most expensive was tires ($502 but I have a $50 rebate coming), least expensive was fixing the headliner (a can of adhesive spray we had already).

Left to do is the driver’s door lock actuator ($25 DIY, $125 at shop), paint touch up, very slight leak from passenger side front door, cruise button doesn’t hold ($60 but I need to get the radio code before I can do that), and front door speakers ($30-$50, depending on how nice I want). Compare that to the laundry list of expensive things to do on the Lexus. It’s nice to have a car with very few problems and ones that are minor, inexpensive, and easy enough to do yourself.

First impressions:

  • torque? what’s that?
  • my old tires were crap
  • my new tires are GRIPPYYYY (BFGoodrich g-Force Comp 2 all-seasons)
  • minimal body roll plus the new tires make this a corner carver, so much grip
  • this car is really clean on the inside
  • a little more rust than I first thought, but I’m in the rust belt so no surprise. Nothing structural either.
  • it looks really good
  • it still makes good power and accelerates nicely
  • manual shift mode is a very nice feature
  • it looks like I’m getting around 20 mpg city, with hooning. Much improved over the Lexus, which was about 15 city with hooning.
  • engine is so smooth and eager to rev, it’s a real gem
  • interior is surprisingly modern for being 12 years old

Also, does OPPO sticker? I’ve got a few on my car, so far I’ve got all I want except an LaLD one.


Logo of one of my favorite groups of rappers, in reference to Romans 1:16


Clear Creek is where I went white-water rafting while in Colorado. Loved it so I thought I’d get something to commemorate it.
Camp I go to


University I’ll be attending

That’s all for this update, hopefully I won’t have any more repairs to tell about.