Bought a 2003 Citroën C5 hatchback with 2.0 litre gas engine, automatic tranny, and other relevant options money can buy. Has 92 000 km on it. Now the big question is whether the Mondeo is still number one? So far yes.
Changed car yesterday. First sold the 1999 Toyota Avensis 1.6 sedan with 168 000 kms and no options but A/C. Piece of uninteresting and cheap junk. Bought a 2002 Ford Mondeo wagon 2.5 V6 with 130 000 kms, automatic transmission, leather seats, and other relevant options. Feels like I have a sort of car again.
Sold my BMW 540 two nights ago. It went to the right address: a self-help mechanic who plugged in his laptop and analyzed the memory of the car before purchasing…
My car owner history is in some ways rather special:
- Lincoln Town Car 1987, 5.0 V8
- Oldsmobile Cutlass 1973, 5.7 V8
- Chevrolet Corvette 1986 5.7 V8
- Jeep Grand Cherokee 1995, 4.0 I6 (the only six!)
- Jeep Grand Cherokee 1999, 4.7 V8
- BMW 540 1995, 4.0 V8
Yesterday I had a test drive with a Toyota Avensis. It looks like my days with big gas guzzlers are history…
Two night ago I witnessed a movie-style car-chase in Helsinki. It all started at around 10 pm in the evening. I was running from Tapiola towards the city and noticed while crossing Ring I that there was a cop car trying to stop an old rear-wheel drive Escort. Something strange happened: the Escort didn’t stop but speeded on! Wow! An old Escort is not a quick car and in difficult conditions (ice & snow) it must have been difficult to drive.
Ok, I see a second cop car coming from Espoo. Escort turns towards Munkkiniemi and soon there are two cops behind it: a Mondeo and a Transit. The chase goes on. I do my best and try to follow. I want to see when cops pull the Escort to the side. But to my surprise the chase doesn’t stop. Lights disappear, and I can only hear sirens in the distance.
I continue towards Lauttasaari thinking what I’d do if I were the escape driver. Yes, I’d probably go down Mecheleninkatu towards Ruoholahti and continue Länsiväylä back to Espoo. Which is what the Escort driver does as well. On a bridge towards Lauttasaari I can hear & see & witness everything again. Escord climbs up from the city to Länsiväylä, Mondeo tallying close behind. Lots of siren sound. More cops following. My scene is perfect: I can see like 5 km of Länsiväylä from Helsinki to Keilaniemi, all way long.
But how many cops are there! One aften another new cop cars climb up from Ruoholahti to Länsiväylä. I try to keep record on them. Jesus! More than 10 cop cars chasing one filthy old Escord, which probably can not technically go faster than 140 km/h. Like 2 minutes after the Escort is gone new cop cars appear. Lights on, sirens on, going fast.
The next day I read from the paper that the Escort was bumbed towards snow just a couple of kilometres from where I saw them disappear into Espoo. It was questioned why they needed so many cop cars (officially 14 total) to chase one dirty Escort with a 20-year-old boy & girl driving away. I bet the cop didn’t consider his answer for too long. He replied: “If there’s a chase going on [announced on police radio] it isn’t that difficult to get volunteers to chase.”.