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Selling Champagne

weather: cloudy
outside: 16°C
mood: sad
I'm selling my car, Champagne. *sigh* It's a sad thing for me to have to do and I still have thoughts of keeping her because I'm so very attached to her. But the reality of it is, I don't need a second car. userinfoHusband Guy and I carpool now. We just plain don't need another car. I was looking through Vancouver BuySell.Com, 1990 Import Cars — search for keyword "brougham" (pronounced "broom"). That's the exact car I have:

      BEAUTIFUL BROUGHAM Nissan Maxima Brougham in beautiful condition inside /out. One lady owner with 198kms. Car drives and looks like a new car. This car is unspoiled!! Fully loaded with quality leather, sunroof, a/c, pwr everything, digital speedometer, head-up windshield display, impeccable car, serious inquiries only, reasonable offers please, must sell, buying new Maxima. $10,500 obo Vancouver

Except hers is beige, mine is gold... well, it's champagne. =) I think the Brougham is the limited edition 1990, loaded to the teeth, all bells and whistles included model. userinfoHusband Guy thinks she's off her rocker asking $10.5K for it, but it is a very very beautiful and well made car. You'll still see a lot of good reviews for it. It's showing some signs of aging, for sure. It's a 14 year old car. But the Husband just drove it while we went out to Home Despot (*snorf*) and he was still remarking how smooth the ride was.

For those who care about that sort of thing: 3.0L, 6 Cylinder, 160 HP engine. You cannot get a more priceless picture than the expressions on the faces of the little boys with their scraped undercarriages back at the green while the little old lady (that would be me) rockets off, blaring Bizet's L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle. =D

And the most hilarious thing is, I'm not even trying. I have Overdrive on and I almost never get the engine up past 2000rpm. I'm weird in that I let go of the gas if I see the tachometre above 2000. I think it's because someone told me that the higher the tachometre goes, the more gas the car uses... and because the thing takes 94 octane, I'm not pushing it harder than necessary.

I took some pics of it for myself. It looks a lot like a mid-90's Toyota Camry. =) And before you ask, that's not my house. Neither is that one... or that one. Not in a million years. Or dollars. Those houses go for at least $1.5 million as a conservative estimate. I just drove Champagne somewhere else for pictures because I decided our front yard was too embarrassing a spectacle to catch in the background. =\

It has a LCD display panel. I LOVED it. Nissan doesn't make them anymore. Nobody makes them anymore. Apparently, I'm the only person on the face of the planet that wants it and I guess I don't count as a viable market. =C *pout* I showed the Guyz at ex-Work when I first got her and they were also falling down impressed with it. "OMG, it's the Enterprise-D!" XD

It has a Heads Up Display that shows your speed in a little patch on the windshield. I have already been duly chastised for snapping pics of the dash while driving. Hey, I picked a quiet neighbourhood and I was going really slowly.

It has a keypad on both the driver side and front passenger side. You could also open the windows, the sunroof and the trunk with the keypad. You press the "ST" (start) button, 4-digit code, then one of "TRK" for the trunk or hold down "WDW" for the windows and sunroof. All the doors locked with the "LCK" button.

Yes, you can see the huge scratches on it. One winter, a big snowstorm blew up. And because my parents live in the middle of a big hill, the car couldn't be safely manoeuvred into the garage. It was left parked at the bottom of the hill in front of someone else's house. I guess they got pissed off that someone else parked in front of their house so they keyed it up as badly as they could. The gouges don't go that deeply into the paint though, so I didn't bother with it.

Anyway, it had a busted tape deck. Somehow, the audiotape-to-CD car adapter set that the boys used to play CDs in Champagne broke it. So, I opted to get a brand new Alpine CD deck and a 6-CD changer.

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bdspitapit31
Sep. 5th, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC)
LOL I read "I'm selling champagne" and I was like, "YUM!" Then I read on.
bride
Sep. 5th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha!! I didn't even think of that =D =D
kaseido
Sep. 5th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
The HUD is wicked cool! I want one for my starship car...

Our Clarissa (a 2000 Camry, who does bear more than a passing resemblance) is a Smart Girl, but that's *very* impressive...
bride
Sep. 5th, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, all the boys think it's cool =)
kaseido
Sep. 5th, 2004 10:15 pm (UTC)
geek magnet! :P
bride
Sep. 5th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, just way too late =}
kaseido
Sep. 5th, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC)
nah, a little intergeek magnetism's *always* a good thing!
kvance
Sep. 5th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
As an undercarriage-scraping Honda owner...
That instrument panel is incredibly sexy. It's totally worth maintaining the rest of the car for that :)

bride
Sep. 5th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: As an undercarriage-scraping Honda owner...
As an undercarriage-scraping Honda owner...

Please tell me you don't have Mugen stickers XD =D =D

That instrument panel is incredibly sexy. It's totally worth maintaining the rest of the car for that :)

I KNOW!!! I SO WANT TO! =D
kvance
Sep. 5th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: As an undercarriage-scraping Honda owner...
Please tell me you don't have Mugen stickers XD =D =D

Just the VTEC on the back WHICH IS NOT A STICKER I SWEAR :D
bride
Sep. 5th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: As an undercarriage-scraping Honda owner...
The Husband wants to squint at you, rub his chin interrogatively and question you further: Was it factory? Or is it aftermarket? <_< But I'll let you have it as "badging". =)
kvance
Sep. 6th, 2004 12:23 pm (UTC)
Re: As an undercarriage-scraping Honda owner...
Heh. It came with VTEC from Honda. Picture of the "badging"

And, no I'm not this guy, because it also has this ;)
bride
Sep. 8th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
Re: As an undercarriage-scraping Honda owner...
BWAHAHAHA!! We saw a Dodge SRT-4 with a VTEC sticker while driving to work one morning. XD XD
supersat
Sep. 5th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sad that cars don't have those keycode pads anyone. What's the point of "keyless entry" when the remote is on your keychain?
bride
Sep. 6th, 2004 12:34 am (UTC)
That's so true. =P
qmrq
Sep. 8th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
That HUD thing is cool. I need to get one for my Volvo.
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