Sunday, November 28, 2010

I'm in love

juke front

After 13-1/2 years, I have new car. A NEW new car, first one ever, and only the third car I've ever owned. It's a Nissan Juke and It. Is. Awesome. Don't get me wrong, I loved my 1996 Civic.

civic front

I got it in 1997 with less than 8000 miles on it - practically new. It held up like a champ and has maybe two tiny tiny spots of rust.

civic side

The only thing really wrong with it is the radio. It's kinda busted. It works, but you better not want to adjust the volume because it's a crap shoot on whether it will go up or down – regardless of which way you turn the knob. And the left speakers are touch and go.

civic dash
Actual miles! I don't get out much.

But you who doesn't care? My dad. He bought my old Civic and is as happy as a clam. Win - win!

I looked at a 2011 Scion TC, a 2011 Honda CRZ, a 2007 Mini Cooper and the 2011 Juke. I sort of shocked myself by not falling in love with the Mini. It's the car I've wanted since the first time I saw one, about 7 years ago. But until there's a dealer closer than 100 miles away, I'm going to wait.

juke side

I was getting ready to make a decision on a car when I saw the Juke commercial for the first time. You know the one with the guy that has to pick up the donuts. I tried to decide if I thought it was really cool... or really ugly. I immediately went online to check it out. The next day, I asked a friend that works at Nissan if she had seen one in real life. After her praise of the vehicle, I decided to add it to my test drive list.

juke dash

A week or so later, the local dealer had one! So Dwight and I went by that night after work and I gave it a spin. I really liked it, so my decision was down to the Mini and the Juke. I thought long and hard about it and... well, you know the conclusion. I picked one from the list of Jukes the dealer had allocated, gave them a deposit... and waited.

juke int
Super high-tech dash. A far cry from the Civic. And, hey! The radio works–WOO!

By most standards, it was a short wait – about 3 weeks – but for me, it felt like an eternity. It was worth the wait, though. I LOVE it.


Can't you tell?


  1. Congrats on your new car! After 13 years, you deserve it.

  2. You are just too adorable and that car ROCKS!

  3. Ain't love grand? I saw one of these yesterday for the first time and thought that it was the cutest little thing ever! I drive a huge chevey conversion van, so big I can walk around in the back. Soon I will be ready for something cute and tiny again.

    That chocolate cabinet? Yup it is full of chocolate- 11 pound bars of dark, white, and milk. Plus cookie cutters, a few candy molds, pastry bags, and some cake decorating supplies. It smells heavenly to open it. A few years back I had started to teach myself how to make a few candies, the kind with the cream centers and such but then I got busy with kids, work, the blog, and life. Someday I will get back, on not!

  4. That is such a cute car! My first new car was a Ford Escort - bought in 1990 - it was basically a car on wheels, I had no radio or anything. I drove it for 9 years and only put 40,000 miles on it!

    My next car I leased - a 2000 Toyota Camry - it had six speaker sound system, alloy wheels, sun room and moon roof - it was like going from night to day between the two cars!

    Enjoy it!

  5. Super cute! I just got my first new car over the summer. My first was an '84 station wagon (that I got in '98!!!) and then the '99 neon (bought in '04).

    Enjoy your juke!

  6. I like your blog - thanks for visiting mine! Will follow you on twitter too..Happy Holidays!

  7. Congrats! That looks like some real love! I love the car, it's cute! :) P

  8. That's a cute little car! Congrats. :)


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