It’s hard to drive straight down a crooked road. It’s hard to be smart in a stupid world. No, those are not lyrics to some song I am writing.
“It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person. It’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.”
– Bill Murray
I have not been feeling well for a few days. I don’t know if the cause is allergies or not, but my sinuses hurt leading to other pains in the head. My GI tract has not been 100 percent, either.
I have written about this before, but I have never been blessed with good health. For example, I once caught the flu twice during one flu season about two months apart when I was in elementary school. I had my first kidney stone when I was 17.
As I get older, though, anytime a new ailment arises part of me worries that it could be very serious. My most recent blood work, blood drawn in early May, was good. As my primary care physician has told me, “I know you don’t feel well, but on paper you’re very healthy.”
What’s that joke about the tombstone of a hypochondriac? The tombstone reads, “See, I told you I was sick.”
Do you want to read an update about my Z06? I really don’t want to write it, but…sure enough, our friend Bob and I were right in that the ECM (the main “brain” of the car, sometimes known as the ECU) will have to be replaced. The dealer that has now had the car for more than six weeks finally got General Motors tech support involved. They recommended replacing the ECM. At this point, I’m guessing it will be at least another week until the car is back home, hopefully for good this time.
This experience has led me to start thinking about selling the car. Is that cutting off my nose to spite my face? Maybe, but it’s difficult to drive/own a car that can’t be trusted.
IF I sell the Z06, the car pictured below would be my first choice:
This is a Lexus LC convertible. Lexus has ranked at the top of the annual JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study something like 11 times in the last 12 years. My wonderful wife has owned two Lexus convertibles and while the second one was boring (an IS 250C), the cars never gave her major trouble. The second one did have a GPS system that didn’t always seem to know where you were and the AC system had to “cleaned” by the dealer twice in the 25 months she owned the car. Still, the cars always started, drove, steered and stopped. That’s more than I can say about my Z06.
The only drawback to the LC convertible is the price; it is not possible to find one without major accident damage for under $100,000. My wonderful wife and I test drove the LC coupe in January, 2018 and were very impressed. Before the Z06 crapped out on me I was considering the purchase of a convertible as a companion. Buying an LC convertible kills two birds with one stone.
I would appreciate any thoughts from any of you.
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10 thoughts on “Wandering Wednesday, June 1”
You only live once – buy the LC 🙂 and the opening quote from Bill Murray, pure genius.
Thanks, Eileen. Part of me will always be the boy born to Holocaust survivors of very modest means.
You wouldn’t buy a German car but you would buy a Japanese car. They were just as ruthless to other human beings as the Germans. I am thankful that there were guys like my dad that risked their life in WW II so that we could be free.
You’re entitled to your viewpoint and I am entitled to mine. Oh, my father watched his family murdered by
Nazitroops. If I were Chinese I would not buy a Japanese car.
I’m proudly a “homer” with my vehicle purchases (I try to only buy vehicles that were built in America by an American company). I know this makes me an outlier these days, and also limits my selection. But if I’m going to spend $40K to $80K on a vehicle, it WILL be built here. I like for my “neighbor” to have a job and to be able to support American companies. I suspect in the near future, other than a Corvette or a Ford truck, I won’t have ANY to choose from, other than probably an electric vehicle. As I have no desire to own a “Barbie Jeep”, I guess I’ll still be buying older vehicles as long as I continue to process oxygen.
Thanks, DDM. Once again, you are entitled to your viewpoint. Of course, many foreign manufacturers have assembly plants in the US. US automobile companies have plants in Mexico.
I’d like to buy U.S. made televisions, but that is no longer possible. My Avalon was assembled in the U.S., and consists of a high percentage of parts made here as well. I don’t know the status of the Lexus products as regards to its manufacture, but it is sure a nice looking vehicle.
I suspect the GPS in the Lexus is the same junky GPS as in my Avalon. I rarely rely on it. If I have any questions as to its veracity, I double-check it with either my phone or my Garmin GPS maps.
Thanks again, JS. It is true that the US has “ceded” the manufacture of many goods to other countries. Americans want to buy things as cheaply as possible and don’t seem to care about the consequences of that behavior.
Apart from German cars, I am agnostic about country of origin. Besides, as you point out your Toyota Avalon was assembled in the US. I do believe, though, that Lexus vehicles are simply of higher quality than anything manufactured anywhere else.
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Toyota, in general, seems to manufacture quality products. I have driven Avalon models since the early 2000s and have had zero major repairs.
No doubt Lexus being their upscale brand, they upscale quality as well.
Thanks, JS. As I wrote, my wonderful wife had Lexus convertibles for eight years with ZERO days of major trouble. However, I don’t think I want to sell my Z06, which means spending $100k+ for an LC convertible is almost certainly not in the cards.
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