Cruising with J9: Not so sparkly after all

2010-12-15 09:45

I always look forward to this time of year because it means we drive home to the coast for the holidays. In just a few days I’ll be heading off to Cape Town.

My old little Toyota was going to be the car of choice, but then it would be its third trip down and back. It just can’t afford to go through that kind of wear and tear right now.

However, taking the Toyota home would have meant taking it to all my mechanic friends to fix and modify things I generally would not in Joburg.

I made my plans to get something else and take down our front bumper along with all our luggage.

I was ecstatic when I took delivery of the holiday car last week with just 47km on the clock. The 2011 model Lexus IS250 is brand, spanking new. The smell of new-car leather pleasantly invaded my senses and the soft leather felt divine.

Everything was sparkly – just like the metallic white paint – and it made me so nervous that I drove back to the office at 80km/h all the way.

I opened the boot when I got home and took a good look at the limited space and my excitement faded.

I’m going to be lucky if I can fit one large suitcase in there. The worst part is the rear seats don’t fold flat. There went my idea of taking down the bumper out the window.

Saturday afternoon I went along with some friends to the Nasrec showground for the spinning event. The teenagers at the back were complaining their legs were cramped and asked if I could move the seats forward.

I was shocked because I was under the impression there was loads of legroom – at least it looked like it.

With no extra passengers, the space should be enough for my boyfriend and I. The only concern is I have no idea where all the extra parcels are going to sit that our families are going to send back with us.

To be continued...

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