Tuesday, December 13, 2005
In Malaysia, I could not afford to buy a Honda Accord because it was too expensive. The only other way to get to drive my dream car, was to make JG2 in Shell. The company car provided for all JG2's was a Honda Accord in the 90's. Both ways were out for me. I was at JG6 and will never get to JG2. So I would never get assigned a company car.
However, my first car in NZ in 1995 was a Honda Accord. I was finally able to drive one in Hamilton. I bought it from a used car yard for 7K to replace the rental car in 1996.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Then, I own two dream cars for a while. I used this car for 2 years and gave it to Kevin; but he refused to drive it. Finally, I gave it away for $500. Used cars are difficult to sell in NZ. Many back packers buy their cars at Auckland or Christchurch airports on arrival. They also arranged to sell them there on departure. The internet is great. All you need is an iphone to connect to the web and you are set to buy or sell anything; including sim cards or sleeping bags. Don't throw any thing away.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
|Volvo 760 GLE|
My third car was a Volvo (760GLE). The Merc was just too old and did not have the power required to tow the new 22-foot yacht, a Noelex 22 which weighs slightly more than the 17 foot Kestral (760 kg) This Volvo was very quiet. On long trips, I can hear only the wind brushing past the mirrors and some noise from the tyres. In NZ the roads are chip seals, very rough surface but great road holding properties.
|towing Noelex 22|
Thursday, October 13, 2005
After using the Volvo for about three years I traded it for a 4x4 because I needed more oomph for towing the boat over the hills to the Bay of Islands! This 1999 model, 2.8 litre automatic Mitsubishi Challenger has a turbo diesel engine. It is easy to drive and performs really well. In NZ a kiwi changes 4 possessions every 3 years. He changes his job, car, house and partner. I am almost a kiwi now!
Are you curious what vehicle I am going to buy next?
Quite often I sailed at Tauranga harbour. Although the water is not very deep at low tide, it does not bother me because I can raise my centre board (keel) by turning a manual wheel. This is a feature common to all trailer yachts, otherwise the keel would make the boat too unstable for towing, sitting too high on the trailer.