It took two Saturdays, and a few hours of online researching, and a few calls with local dealers. We settled on the 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited. We did a lot of negotiating, and walked away happy with our deal. Today, we are the proud owners of a new 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited in “Magnetic Grey”, which I think looks pretty classy. We certainly wanted the Limited, as it offered a lot of interesting features in one package.
- all-wheel drive
- rear-view camera
- keyless ignition
- mudguards, 19″ alloy wheels
- power rear door (separately opening glass hatch)
- leather seats (both driver and passenger adjustable power seats)
- cold weather package (heated seats, heated sideview mirrors, heated windshield)
- 9 JBL speakers (and subwoofer), MP3 jack, 6-disc in-dash CD changer
- 3 climate-controlled zones
- Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade
- remote start (getting installed later this week)
The drive home was certainly different. I’m more of a sedan-driving kind of fellow. Driving a larger vehicle has a different feel that will take some getting used to. I don’t think I’ll be able to slalom around other cars at 90 MPH anymore. However, everything in the car works right now, so I will enjoy the simpler joys.
I was sad to complete the final once-over on my Little Honda That Could. I very much wanted to surpass the 200,000 mile mark, and I certainly came close. However, the last 9,000 miles was becoming impossible. For the past few months, the car itself was producing a significant level of noise while driving at varying speeds, and was extremely sluggish. I had attributed it to a dying transmission, but one of the mechanics at a dealer diagnosed it as a rotted out front axle, which would have required an expensive replacement.
My poor Honda Accord. I took the EZ-Pass tag out, did the once over, locked the doors, and handed over the keys. It was a good ride, but all good things must come to an end.