When something breaks down or need repair, it's a good chance to get to know your car better.
After being startled by the attempted theft of my car, some days ago, I learned a bit more about alarm systems, specially the one that's installed in my VW. The Gol's security system was reviewed, and I'm quite calm now. The car also got a new windshield.
It's been months since I last upadted properly my "Cars I Drove
During the past months, I got the chance to make some simple maneuvers on some cars. Nothing really special on those cars, apart that I bumped a side mirror of the Meriva, got some wheelspin on the 97' Fiat Palio, and gave some care to a Fiat Uno whose owner didn't wash the car for some couples of months.
Last weekend I went to the local Volkswagen dealership, to see the new VW Up!. The brazilian Up! is a bit longer than the european version. It carries 5 people instead of just 4, plus the gas tank is bigger (50L). I choose to drive the bare-bones basic version of said car, which is called "Take Up!". The 3-cylinder Up sounds nice, but I prefer the sound of my 1.6 Gol (which is equipped with exhaust parts from the 1.0 engine). The car doesn't feel like slow, but it doesn't feel sporty. At the end of the test-drive, I felt I needed to spend more time with the Up! to see what I really thought of the car. My girlfriend was with me during the test-drive, and she didn't like the Up!. According to her, the car doesn't look good, the interior feels small, the dashboard looks too cold, the ammount of plastic annoyed her, the engine was too noisy even though the car wasn't speeding at all... Ya, she didn't like the Up!.
Her opinion didn't surprise me much, as she's into muscle cars
I'm yet to get more details on the Peugeot 307 I drove. Don't know the trim level nor the engine it had. The ride was more comfortable than the one in my Gol, the engine is more silent and the acceleration response feels quicker and stronger compared to my VW. My girlfriend was with me during this time too. We both agreed that it was a good car, but the dashboard extends miles ahead, the winshield is too far from the seats, and neither I nor she could see much of the car's hood.
I also noted the the Pug's owner need to get a new clutch for his car. The pedal was too stiff.
Almost got the chance to drive a cousin's 1985 Volkswagen Fusca 1600 Série Especial
... but ran out of time to do so :/
Hope I can get to drive a Beetle one day!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 1.02001 Chevrolet Vectra Challenge 2.2 16v MPFI 2004 Citroën C3 GLX 1.62008 Volkswagen Jetta Variant 2.5 20v Tiptronic 2009 Ford Focus GLX (Mk.I) 1.6Driven for 500 km - 1.000 km:1996 Chevrolet Corsa Wind 1.02003 Chevrolet Corsa Classic 1.6 Automático Driven for 100 km - 500 km:1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.2 V82008 Renault Sandero Authentique 1.0 16v2009 Volkswagen Golf Sportline 1.62010 Chevrolet Celta Life 1.0 VHCE 2011 Chevrolet Celta LT 1.0 VHCEDriven for 50 km - 100 km:2006 Volkswagen Santana 1.8 Mi2009 Renault Mégane Sedan Dynamique 1.6 16v2010 Toyota Corolla Sedan XEi 2.0 16v2012 Renault Fluence Dynamique 2.0 16V X-Tronic Driven for 10 km - 50 km:1989 Volkswagen Parati Surf 1.82000 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (MT) Iced Teal Pearl2000 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (MT) Taffeta White2002 Fiat Mille Fire 1.0200? Mk.IV Volkswagen Gol 1.02008 Mitsubishi L200 Outdoor HPE 4X4 2.52011 Citroën C3 GLX 1.4 Flex 8v 2011 Nissan March 1.0SDriven for less than 10 km:1995 Chevrolet Corsa Wind EFI 1.0199? Chevrolet S-10 Standard Cab1999 Volkswagen Parati CL 1.6 Mi1999 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (AT) Thunder Grey Metallic2000 Honda Civic Sedan (EK) LX 1.6 16v (MT) Thunder Grey Metallic2001 Renault Clio Sedan RN 1.0 16v
2004 Volkswagen Gol Power 1.0 (new!)2005 Toyota Corolla Fielder 1.8200? Volkswagen Fox 1.0
Peugeot 307 (new!)2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.5L V6 4WD2011 Mitsubishi L200 Savana 2.5 4X4 **2012 Toyota Corolla Sedan Altis 2.0
2014 Volkswagen take up! 1.0 (new!)Barely driven (simple maneuvers / less than 1 km):198? Volkswagen Voyage
1997 Fiat Palio EDX 1.0 (new!)
1998 Fiat Mille CS 1.0 (new!)
Ford Ka 1.0 (new!)
2009 Chevrolet Meriva Maxx 1.4 (new!)
2009 Citroën C4 Pallas 2.0
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 (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"))