Tuesday, 20 August 2013
SOLD THE 2007 FOCUS EARLIER THIS YEAR, REPLACED IT WITH THE 2013 JIGGER . . . . GREAT LITTLE VEEHICKLE FOR ALL THE REASONS I MENTIONED THE OTHER DAY, POKE IT AND GO, FIRST TIME, EVERY TIME . . . . BUT THE JUXTAPOSTIONAL REALITY IS TWOFOLD . . . . FIRSTLY, LIKE MOST MODERN CARS, IT LOOKS ALMOST THE SAME AS EVERY OTHER ONE IN ITS CLASS, IS IT A MAZDA, IS IT A VOLVO, IS IT A GOLF . . . . SECONDLY, IT'S GOT NOT AN IOTA OF SOUL !!!!
Yeah, it's kinda cute, ultra reliable, relatively well priced and nicely put together, I ticked the boxes for factory tint, leather trim, got the dealer to swap out the daggy chromed plastic foglight surrounds for the black ones, I had it lowered properly using quality coils and camber adjustment for the rear end, fitted the aftermarket 'RS' type nineteens with 245/30 Potenzas, jammed a K+N filter in the airbox and that's about it . . . . drives like a go-cart, handles like it's on rails, it's got blue teeth, traction control, rain sensing wipers, sat-nav, climate control, pretty glowing red 'comfort lights', a dash like a friggin fighter jet and a decently squirty enough two litre donk between the front wheels, indeed, a groovy little car and over the next five years I'll put around 175,000 troublefree kilometres on the clock, just as I did with its reliable, functional and cost effective predecessor . . . . yet for all of that, it remains a sterile, vacuous and bland thing to drive, it's so well engineered they managed to exorcise the fucking life out of it, it's got no 'feel' and possesses no soul, it's just another modern car, safe as milk.