|From the Nissan site. Mine is the same color, but already much dirtier.|
A couple weeks ago we bought a Nissan Tiida. This is the first new car I have owned. Prior to buying the Tiida, we were driving a Ford Festiva. This Festiva was very, VERY old - so old, in fact, that after buying the Tiida we sold it for scrap.
It makes me both happy and nervous, owning a new car. I am happy because the Tiida is a real pleasure to drive - especially compared to our rusting Festiva, which could barely make it over the next hill. It has a lot of room inside, and it gets great mileage.
I am nervous, however, because I am continuously worried about speeding, or just plain wrecking the thing. It is very easy to speed in the Tiida. I also worry about leaving it in parking lots or on city streets, where it would be easy to scratch. After the Tiida is paid off, I will have spent more than 400,000 NT, and I'd like to keep it in good condition.
|Tiida interior, from a car show. Mine doesn't have the fancy screen/GPS.|
I love the Tiida. This might sound ridiculous, but it's true. I was driving that broken down Festiva for so long that I almost forgot what a pleasure driving can be. As it is, I can only drive it once or twice a weekend, but I look forward to those one or two times every day of the week.
I'm sure that after a while I'll get bored of the Tiida. It will become just another thing that I own, even if it is the most expensive thing I have EVER owned. I'll drive it around and forget how much it cost me, or how much worse the Festiva was, or how nice it is to have a place to put my legs. It will be like any other possession - and then, one day, hopefully far in the future - it will get worn down and I'll have to think about buying yet another car.
But for now I love the Tiida, and I am happy to think about the Tiida as I sit here, typing this. If I have the time I'm going to drive the Tiida to a hot spring this weekend, and as I sit in the hot spring I'm going to think about the Tiida, and how pleasant it was to drive the Tiida around.
Ah, my Tiida. I should have bought a new car much sooner.
|From the same car show. The seats are comfy.|
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