I traveled to Brasilia recently. It wasn't the first time, nor second. However, the last two times I've been there amazed me. Up to this day, I'm still surprised by how great some portions of the city are, specially the 'Sudoeste' neighborhood. Looks like a very pleasant place to live, and...
During this trip, my sister-in-law (who lives in Brasilia) went to a Renault dealership, in order to receive the keys to her first car: a 2015 Renault Sandero Expression 1.6. She thought black looked nice, and so she ended with a brand new black Sandero.
A Renault salesman gave her a brief guide, with basic instructions about the car. It took about 10 minutes, I guess.
After that, we were cleared to go. Me and my girlfriend went back to our 99' Volkswagen Gol, and we were to follow my sister-in-law in her new Sandero.
And at first everything was working properly....until we stopped at a traffic light, at an (mild) uphill section.
When lights turned green, the Sandero in front of didn't move forwards.
I noticed the engine stalled. "That's normal. It may take sometime to get used to its clutch and so on" I said out loud.
Second attempt to start the car, the Renault moved backwards a little bit. The brake lights blinked, and the engine stalled again.
The traffic light was red now, and a line of cars was waiting behind us.
Again, she tried to climb the hill, but the Renault only got closer and closer to my car. I had to reverse a little.
The brand new Sandero seemed to have a problem.
Cars behind us started to honk. The atmosphere was tense.
My mother-in-law, who was in the Sandero, got out of the car, and jumped to the driver's seat.
"Maybe now it'll move" I thought.
The engine revved up, but the car was coming towards me.
I couldn't reverse, because of traffic behind me. I honked, to warn our cars were getting too close.
The other cars were honking as well.
The Sandero, once again, started to rev up, but go downhill.
I honked again. The Gol and the Sandero were way too close now.
"I gotta go fix this" I told my girlfriend, as I left the Gol.
I went to the problematic Sandero and said "Lemme try it.".
Now I was in the driver seat, about to find out what was wrong with the car.
Parking brake applied, clutch, first gear, accelerate, parking brake released, go.
I was all of a sudden driving a 2015 Renault Sandero Expression 1.6!
Lasted for aprox. one block. Turns out, they were having trouble with the Sandero's clutch, with a high biting point.
At the first available parking lot, I stopped the car and waited for my 99' Gol (driven by my mother-in-law).
That said, my "Cars I Drove" list looks like this:
Driven for more than 1.000 km:
1999 Volkswagen Gol CL 1.6 Mi
2001 Fiat Palio EX 1.0
2001 Chevrolet Vectra Challenge 2.2 16v MPFI
2004 Citroën C3 GLX 1.6
2008 Volkswagen Jetta Variant 2.5 20v Tiptronic
2009 Ford Focus GLX (Mk.I) 1.6
Driven for 500 km - 1.000 km:
1996 Chevrolet Corsa Wind 1.0
2003 Chevrolet Corsa Classic 1.6 Automático
Driven for 100 km - 500 km:
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2 V8
2008 Renault Sandero Authentique 1.0 16v
2009 Volkswagen Golf Sportline 1.6
2010 Chevrolet Celta Life 1.0 VHCE
2011 Chevrolet Celta LT 1.0 VHCE
Driven for 50 km - 100 km:
2006 Volkswagen Santana 1.8 Mi
2009 Renault Mégane Sedan Dynamique 1.6 16v
2010 Toyota Corolla Sedan XEi 2.0 16v
2012 Renault Fluence Dynamique 2.0 16V X-Tronic
Driven for 10 km - 50 km:
1989 Volkswagen Parati Surf 1.8
2000 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (MT) Iced Teal Pearl
2000 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (MT) Taffeta White
2002 Fiat Mille Fire 1.0
200? Mk.IV Volkswagen Gol 1.0
2008 Mitsubishi L200 Outdoor HPE 4X4 2.5
2011 Citroën C3 GLX 1.4 Flex 8v
2011 Nissan March 1.0S
Driven for less than 10 km:
1995 Chevrolet Corsa Wind EFI 1.0
199? Chevrolet S-10 Standard Cab
1999 Volkswagen Parati CL 1.6 Mi
1999 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (AT) Thunder Grey Metallic
2000 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (MT) Thunder Grey Metallic
2001 Renault Clio Sedan RN 1.0 16v
2004 Volkswagen Gol Power 1.0
2005 Toyota Corolla Fielder 1.8
200? Volkswagen Fox 1.0
200? Peugeot 307
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.5L V6 4WD
2011 Mitsubishi L200 Savana 2.5 4X4 **
2012 Toyota Corolla Sedan Altis 2.0
2014 Volkswagen take up! 1.0
Barely driven (simple maneuvers / less than 1 km):
198? Volkswagen Voyage
1997 Fiat Palio EDX 1.0
1998 Fiat Mille CS 1.0
199? Ford Ka 1.0
2009 Chevrolet Meriva Maxx 1.4
2009 Citroën C4 Pallas 2.0
200? Mk.VII Toyota Hilux SRV 4X4 3.0
2010 Chevrolet Agile LTZ 1.4
2011 Fiat Uno Mille Fire Economy 1.0
2013 Ford Fiesta Mk.VI 1.0
2015 Renault Sandero Expression 1.6 (new!)
((**Although I didn't drove the 2011 Mitsubishi L200 Savana 2.5 4X4 for more than 1 km, it doesn't go to the "Barely Driven" category, because it was driven at an off-road event, which I can't describe as an "everyday-drive"))