Lil update & Story Time
I’ve past the 60k mile mark on my Hyundai with absolutely no troubles (and just a few tiny quirks).
Regular oil changes have been done with full synthetic (to save time since I still drive everywhere quite a bit even though my commute is now only 25 minutes.) and the car has run flawlessly.
Little quirks would be the sunglasses holder sometimes decides to fall open on its own (fixed with blue painters tape lol) and the shifter handle can occasionally twist a bit on the stick (annoying but nothing serious).
Driving Story Time!
So today, while on my way home, I was enjoying the great weather. Front windows down, stereo just loud enough for background music, I was leaving town on the 2 lane highway that I take every day.
I got behind a blue smaller crossover thing which was behind a bus (a coach bus I believe.) The bus took a right into a gas station, taking its sweet time to turn. The blue crossover and I were in no hurry. Waiting to take a right out of the station (to go the direction the blue crossover and I were headed) was some redish GM crossover thing pulling a small trailer with an ATV or something on it. As the bus finally got out of our way we drove past the GM crossover as it inched to try to see beyond the bus (typical to expect that.)
I was in a relaxed mood following the blue crossover, and the blue crossover was taking its time as well. We crested the hill right after the gas station, just finally getting to the 55mph speed limit. I kept my distance as to not rush the person ahead of me.
We go maybe 1/5 of a mile and the blue crossover signals to turn left. No big deal, I start braking early and lightly while downshifting.
I check on the red crossover behind me and think he’s coming a little fast, but should be slowing down soon. I come to a smooth stop, putting my shifter into first as the blue crossover has to wait for one oncoming vehicle. Then I checked my rear view mirror again… and notice the red crossover is NOT STOPPING.
There was a point at which the red crossover got to a point of no return, and my instincts kicked in.
The blue crossover is not even finished turning (only about half way, still getting through the oncoming lane) and I gunned it. With my foot on the floor, I aimed for the middle of the road, away from the red crossover and as close as I could squeeze past the blue one. At some point I shifted into second. Somewhere between second and third gear I was able to hit my horn, not sure exactly where the red crossover was, and I moved back into my lane. The red crossover was a bit closer than I expected when I moved back. I saw a car ahead of me turn left into the oncoming lane (opposite direction to me) and then noticed I needed to slow down. I was doing just over 65 when I finally glanced at my speedometer while applying the brake.
After that scare, the red crossover (with a trailer, just a reminder) had backed way off as I kept my speedo at 60 (where it usually sits) for the ride home.
There are no scratches or dents or dings on my car.
I will never buy another commuter car without it having equal or more kick-down power than this one, as this is the closest I ever want to come to being rear-ended.
(This happened today around 5:25p local time, May 13, 2019.)