Old And Busted / New Hawt-ness

So here is the old and busted:

old busted

And here is the new hawt-ness

new hawtness

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

Here’s a better picture of the new hawt-ness:

2008 mitsubishi lancer gts

So I had narrowed my car choices down to Hyundai and Mazda.  Actually, I had all but decided to get a Hyundai, either a Tiburon or a Sonata.  It was just a matter of figuring out how to get up to Fairfield to buy the car.  But I was looking at Mitsubishi and figured that I would go and give it a test drive or the hell of it and that would be it.  One thing led to another and I walked away with a Lancer.  The payments are about the same that I was paying for my Focus a few months ago including the insurance.  I was able to get a good rate on the car loan.  Also got to see my FICO scores and OMG, I have good credit once again.  I’m glad that I didn’t take the easy route and declare bankruptcy and just hung on and got my act together.   Used most of the money from my insurance on the car, but saved enough to pay off one of my other cards (probably Fry’s) and still have some to keep in savings. 

So the car is fully stocked.  I wanted to get a manual transmission, but the paddle shifters on the 6 speed suckered me in.  It’s an interesting feature that I’m starting to get used to.  2.0 liter, 152 HP engine….actually, it might be 142HP.  What else? Bluetooth® hands-free phone interface system, sport bucket seats, automatic climate control, power windows/locks/mirrors, tilt adjustable steering column, cruise control, multi-information display, variable intermittent wipers, 12V accessory outlet, 60/40 folding rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel-mounted cruise control and audio switches, adjustable rear headrests and a 140-watt Mitsubishi CD/MP3-compatible audio system with six speakers.  And I also got the Sound and Sun package which includes a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate® performance audio system with a CD/MP3-compatible head unit and nine speakers, including a 10-inch trunk-mounted subwoofer, Power glass sunroof with sunshade; SIRIUS® Satellite Radio, with six-month prepaid subscription; Auxiliary audio input jacks.  I also got the Navigation and Technology package with includes 30GB HDD navigation system the Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System,  Digital music server function, 7″ LCD touch screen panel, and FAST Key (Free-Hand Advanced Security Transmitter) entry system.  Still getting used to all of the features that the car has, but I love it so far.  I think the most important thing is that I think that I’m starting to see some personality with this car, something that was sorely lacking in the Focus.