Better Late Than Never

The Friday Five are late this week due to intervening events in my little life. If you read this blog, I shouldn’t have to explain further. If not, well… read!

Anyway, this week’s Friday Five was conjured up by a co-worker and co-hort of mine. Way2Go, girlfriend!

1. What vehicle do you drive? A 1988 Nissan 300ZX ice blue coupe.

2. How long have you had it? July 13, 2001 (it was a birthday present to replace my previous 300ZX lost to Tropical Storm Allison in June 2001.

3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle? The coolest feature, without a doubt, is the fact that my car’s driver’s side sun shade plates were signed by the “Father of the Z-Car,” Yutaka Katayama, affectionately known as Mr. K. Mr. K was the “star” of the 2002 ZCCA (Z Car Club Association) 15th Annual Meeting in Bandera, Texas. He signed anything we brought to him, so naturally I grabbed the sun shade plate! Do you think this increased the value of my car somewhat?

4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle? The most annoying thing (or constellation of things) wrong right now is that she’s just an old gal. There are a million moving parts and they are all going out, slowly but surely. The good thing is that, for now anyway, they aren’t going out all at once! The current pecadillo is the gas gauge. For some reason, once in awhile it fluctuates wildly and makes the car appear as if it’s losing gasoline. This happened on the way to work a week or so ago. I travelled 4.5 miles and the gas gauge went down by a quarter of a tank! Yikes. Turns out if you just shut the engine off, pop the gas cap, unscrew the cap and screw it back in, it will run fine again for several weeks at a time. I believe it’s a fuel sensor that is going out. Since it doesn’t affect the car’s drivability, it will have to wait until I’m flush with cash later on in the year.

5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now? Anyone who knows me knows it’s a toss-up between the Hummer H1 [about $135,000 fully loaded] (NOT to be confused with the stupid, used-bar-of-soap-looking H2) and the 1970s-era Bricklin [a specimen in excellent condition will run about $30,000].

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