Have driven nice pickups since 2000 and a sporty Ford Focus ST for 18 months and.....I'm driving a G** D*** minivan! We don't even have kids!!
yeah and I'm LOVING IT!!
This summer I was having a grand time ripping up the local track with my Focus on track days and using the truck for stuff like dogs, bikes, and snowboards. I had always wanted to get to the track and found sporty driving to be something that I enjoyed tremendously. I think I had a bit of a knack for it too, I was allowed to go solo after just two 20 minute driving sessions with an instructor and was routinely pointed by by much faster cars (500+ HP cameros, an audi R8, and a hellcat Challenger to name a few). But it never went over very well at home. Between personal injury concerns and liability risks, my wife....well she tolerated it for awhile but 2 1/2 weeks ago laid down the law. No more track days! She was in a strong position as my co-workers, mechanic, parents, in-laws, and a buddy from high school all said the same thing. "This is not good for you"
So...being a happily married man and wanting to stay that way, track days became history. Glorious memories from my late 40's are all that remain. But at least we had that, right? Better to have driven and lost than never have driven at all (or something like that).
And I began to resent the Focus. All of that fun, confined to the roads and traffic. I just couldn't stand it. And then the truck got on my nerves too, all big and heavy and hard to park. Eventually I figured....why the **** not? Why not get a minivan? No the image isn't right, I'm a middle age dude clinging to my youth! But they're so darn functional for the activities I'm still enjoying (bikes, dogs, skiing/snowboarding/etc). My coworkers threatened to call in my man card if I did it but.....
One drive in the Pacifica and I was in love and some hard bargaining for a 2 for 1 trade plus a check from the dealer and I was rolling in my new minivan 3 days ago. The thing....what can I say, it drives really nicely, super comfortable, quiet, easy bluetooth, and a good stereo. And this is the base LX with only the wheel package and keysense! Drove 80 miles to and from golf (with the aforementioned high school friend) and bagged 31.4mpg. Pretty much on par with the focus!
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