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jack

well, nevermind volvo-

Posted on 2005.10.15 at 17:36
Mood: mischievous*smirk*
it's a real bummer, now i have to spend ALL SUNDAY studying Subaru's lineup & options list so i can start selling them on monday...

Comments:


skyvillain at 2005-10-16 01:29 (UTC) (Link)
congrats!
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-16 01:39 (UTC) (Link)
thanks :)
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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-16 01:41 (UTC) (Link)
the one near stevens creek and winchester here in san jose.

they have a hawwwwt black one in the showroom w/ suspension & cf hood and trunk lid.
True Neutral Elf Ranger Cleric
ratkrycek at 2005-10-16 01:52 (UTC) (Link)
I wish I felt sorry for you. Volvo, man... I love Volvos.

But it sounds like you have a good job, and Subarus are actually pretty good cars, too, I find - have some friends, not to mention a mom, who've either had them in the past or currently have one.

Not sure what they're overall maintenance record is like compared to Volvo's - it seems one of my friends' Subes has been in the shop a lot - but it's over 5 or 6 or even 7 years old, I think.

Not too shabby for these newfangled cars. ;)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-16 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
well, too bad for the volvo dealership they didn't want to interview me today. i walked in the door of the subaru shop and half an hour later shook hands with the general manager and said "all right, see you monday!"

i'm still kinda in shock about it, actually, but i guess if my enthusiasm was that obvious to him, i must be on the right path.

they are admittedly maybe not quite as solid as volvo or BMW, but then, they don't carry the premium those marques do either, and they do have a pretty solid warranty.
Things Gone and Things Still Here
jette at 2005-10-16 02:40 (UTC) (Link)
Oh hey, I just realized this was an "I got a job" post.


Congratulations!

Subarus are kind of neat. In my soccer mom fantasies, I have one those awd station wagon thingys. (In my fantasies, I can drive and have a license.)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-16 04:23 (UTC) (Link)
thank you :)

they are neat cars, i've been a fan of subarus since i fell in love with their SVX grand-touring coupe back in high school...



the coolest car nobody ever bought, IMO.

& of course there's the ever-sexy hips-like-i-like-my-women Impreza 22B-



i guess we all have our fantasies ;)
swallowing shadows to give birth to myself
eamajyn at 2005-10-17 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
I guess we can share that fantasy. ;)
icenine
ice_9 at 2005-10-17 17:42 (UTC) (Link)
ha, they borrowed the fender flares (and motor!) from my 944.
betternewthings at 2005-10-16 04:03 (UTC) (Link)
hrm.

turbo legacy?
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-16 04:11 (UTC) (Link)
tempting indeed-

but if i'm going to upgrade at all, even more tempting is this M Roadster they've got, because it has Hamann wheels and is about $5k less than MSRP on a new WRX-



*drool*

yes, scott has given me teh M-envy
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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-16 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
the only new WRX i eyeballed while i was there was a red non-STI stickered at $27-something. they're asking $22.8 for the M Roadster, without considering whatever the employee discount is...

it *does* have 70k mi on it, which is kind of a lot for a 5-year-old-car, sure, but my current BMW just rolled over 185k... and fucking LOOK AT IT. i'm already rationalizing how "sure, i can move $400/mo worth of commission without worrying about it". bad jason.

they also have a '99 A4 1.8tq for just under $10, which would be much more responsible of me, but it looks _exactly_ like becca's car except for the sport package wheels, and i don't know if i'm okay with that.

(trivia: as of 2006, it's now STI, not STi. i guess the confusion was too much for journalists or something.)
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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-17 03:05 (UTC) (Link)
as do i, A4 1.8t's are definitely quality rides, and the two redesigns since then don't suit my taste at all either, but... it'd just be too wierd. if it were any other color...
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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-17 03:18 (UTC) (Link)
it's better. once i've built up a solid commission for the monthly check that'll show up Nov 10 i'll feel unladen.
the salacious crumpet
kissthecrumpet at 2005-10-16 06:06 (UTC) (Link)
fabulous. the holes in your joy should patch pretty quick now that your professional life revolves around something that makes you personally happy. geekgasm for my favorite gearhead...
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-17 03:21 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, i'm thinking so. i was worried how well my personality would succeed at a sales job, but as the general manager explained it to me during the interview, people don't come to a subaru dealership unless they already want a subaru, so the sale is pretty much done already once they're on the lot-

apparently 85% of the job is just talking about how cool the cars are and why they're better than the alternatives, which i don't think i'll have too many problems with.
the salacious crumpet
kissthecrumpet at 2005-10-17 06:55 (UTC) (Link)
i dont think your personality will be a hindrance. but your face will be your real asset - deceptively innocent. some of us know better and cackle at the very idea.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-17 07:13 (UTC) (Link)
it's funny that you mention that, because that's one of the things the general manager i interviewed with said he looked for in employees. 2 of the other salesmen i spoke to while i was there had the same kind of "youthful" thing going on. & i got the look of disbelief i've come to expect when i told him i was 27.

some of us know better and cackle at the very idea.

jette was also laughing about that just a couple of hours ago on AIM :P
the salacious crumpet
kissthecrumpet at 2005-10-17 07:22 (UTC) (Link)

it was the butterfly, i tell you! the BUTTERFLY!

see, nobody'd ever buy shit from me. there's just something in my facial structure that says i'm up to no good. i can be 3 blocks from the scene 2 days after it happens and i'm always the victim of fingerpointing - even though anyone who knows you and me both knows DAMN WELL that i'm the sweet and innocent one.

oh, stfu.

STOP LAUGHING.
Digital Retina
digitalretina at 2005-10-16 08:41 (UTC) (Link)
took me a sec to catch on, but congrats on the job :)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-16 09:12 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, that was the point. i'm a punk. thanks baby :)
radhegovinda at 2005-10-16 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
yay!
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-17 03:17 (UTC) (Link)
surrounded by turbocharged all-wheel-drive cars every day... "yay" only half-covers it :)
icenine
ice_9 at 2005-10-17 17:50 (UTC) (Link)
nice going.

on the m roadster/a4/new subaru dilemma, i vote against the a4 (no offense, amazondyve) - i've been hearing that reliability is questionable on that engine and all those electronics, it's underpowered for its weight with the quattro, and that aluminum body dents at the drop of a feather. big rave dave leaned on amazondyve's at one point, and the dent was still there the last time i saw the car.

the m is nice, but totally impractical.

get the subaru - more trunk space, more hooliganism. think about it this way: if you're racing scosol up a set of switchbacks, you can ignore the tight turns and cut across the dirt in between. :)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-10-17 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
i hear you on the practicality thing- and if i were still shlepping decks/mixer around the bay area for parties, it'd apply. but my e30 has been a 2-seater since about a week after i got it, and the only time i've used the trunk is when i was moving myself to or back from AZ.

the thing that really seals the deal, though, is that the M Roadster is going for $5-6k less than the WRX stickers at... and i imagine i can probably make more room than that, since i'm fighting the trade-in value instead of invoice. $100/mo lower payment talks pretty loud, yanno?
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