Happy 2008 + New Car!

Happy New Year!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve updated my blog, but I felt today was a good time to do so. (Plus, I finally remembered how to log into the system 🙂 )

I hope everyone had happy and safe holidays this past December. I’m looking forward to 2008 to be an exciting new year.

A first step to that outlook is the purchase of a new car. As many of you who know me, I’ve been a pretty die hard BMW guy since my first 3 Series coupe almost 7 years ago. In those 7 years, I’ve had the opportunity to drive an ’99 M3 Convertible, an ’01 325Ci and an ’03 Z4 Roadster. These cars have been great performers and I’d love to add a 4th one to the list

However, in light of recent experiences with attempting to order a new BMW, plus some poor past experiences with service and support, I’ve decided to go a different route this time around. This past Saturday, I picked up a 2008 Acura TL Type-S. The TL-S, as it’s known, comes with a 285HP V6, 6 speed manual, and all the luxury and gadgetry a geek like me could want. On top of integrated Bluetooth and Navigation system, the Audio system plays DVD-Audio, DTS, MP3s, WMAs and regular CDs. It also has Dolby Pro Logic II Surround sound for the radio, including XM Satellite Radio. The best part – it’s all controlled with my voice. Yep, speak a command and the car responds. Phone, Audio, Nav, even climate controls are all voice operated. The Nav system leaves a lot to be desired, but it comes included with the Type-S package, so I’m not going to complain. Additionally, this will be the first Sedan that I’ve driven, with plenty of room for 5.

And for those wondering if it performs as well as a BMW, I can emphatically say YES. Despite being a front wheel drive car, it performs as near to a BMW as you can get, and blows away the Lexus, Infinity, Cadillac and Mercedes.

Perhaps one day I’ll go back to a BMW, but for now, I’m sticking with Acura.

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