That new car smell

Today I took a new 2011 Mazda 3 s Sport hatchback from Wellesley Mazda in Wellesley. It’s a cool car.

It was a bit of a sad day for me, as I sent my first car that I bought with my own money, a red 1997 Pontiac Firebird, out to pasture.

In its place is a gunmetal blue 2011 Mazda 3 s Sport Hatchback. It’s a nice car, and it’s a good driver’s car. But a little part of me just died today by sending my old car away. It was getting old – the airbag light came on and off, the door was sagging badly, the driver’s side door lock wouldn’t power lock anymore. The power steering whined on cold days. The old suspension was very brutal on bad roads.

But I gave it one last go from a red light, and the motor and the transmission still had it in them. The positraction was worn, but still got the grip to the proper wheels. One last smile came to my face after feeling the torque slam the rear wheels. Death by a thousand papercuts was a great way to describe how this car went out. It served both of its owners well, and I hope that if it does find its way to someone else as a project car, they’ll treat it with the same respect I did.

Will I be happy with my new car? Absolutely. But this car will always have a place in my heart, with the memories of trips, trials, and tribulations in that automobile.


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