Old Bug Died
Not the slightly used Suzuki
I was looking at a low mileage 2009 Suzuki SX4. Even though it was about half the price of a new Volkswagen, and blue (Cathy’s favorite color), Cathy didn’t like it much (VWs hold their value better anyway).
Not the Nearly New Mercedes
So we looked around the lot a bit more, but most of the other used cars had too much mileage (or too high a price) to be worthwhile, and the Mercedes 2-seat convertible was nice, but no room for Herman or luggage, and twice as much money as we could come close to affording!
Yes, the Jetta SportWagen
Finally we made a deal on a new (2009) Jetta SportWagen. Well, it’s practically the same as our old New Beetle. It’s still black, it’s still a volkswagen, and it’s still a 5-speed stick shift. It just has about 130,000 fewer miles, has a lot more space (we can actually stretch out and sleep in the back), and a really cool moon-roof! Herman is going to love the breeze!
This will be a welcome roomy vehicle when we travel this summer (see Barefoot Ken Bob’s 2010 Summer Tour for details).