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Honda Accord NT – a quick drive around the block

Those nice people at Honda New Zealand can’t help themselves, they keep calling and asking if I want to drive their new cars. This time it was for the Honda … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

The one with the new car

It came to that time that the old car had to be replaced. Because it was 10 years old, had 180k kms on the clock and because there didn’t seem to be … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

I was had

I’ve been hectoring MrsPdubyah to trade-in her car for something newer, smaller, more economical. It’s a long sales cycle. There are a number of discrete stages. Suggestion. Pause for a … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Honda CRV – a quick drive around the block

The CRV is good at what it’s good at, but it doesn’t bring anything but “safe” to the game, which you might like or you might despair of. It’s not quirky in any sense that I could define, and although you don’t necessarily want a car that challenges you, you might want one that let’s you be in a bit of command over it and not the other way around. It’s a driving pleasure not a driving experience.

July 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

As I get older I get different – the birthday gift from Holden – the update

Holden in Australia rang me today, well a spokesperson did, to talk about my 2009 Holden Cruze, someone in their PR department, who knows, I didn’t write his name down. … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

As I get older I get different – the birthday gift from Holden

Today is my birthday, it should be a day to smile and indulge. Last year we went to Queenstown for a visit, this year on the weekend we went to … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

Parenting disaster – an ongoing series

Well I have to confess to really making a hash of this one. Daughter has a car with a Mongoose Alarm system and a two button remote. We have two, … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

It’s not what they say it’s how you read them – Personalised Plates – The Follow Up

I recently saw a couple of personalised plates on my travel in Albany. https://pdubyah.com/2012/02/16/its-not-what-they-say-its-how-you-read-them-personalised-plates/ These are those; And being the curmudgeon I am I paused to think about the good taste and decency … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – A New Car redux

This time though…. Well we still do have the big red garden ornament, its outside gathering a cobweb and surrounded by road cones as the road works goes on around … Continue reading

March 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

It’s not what they say it’s how you read them – Personalised Plates

I’m curmudgeonly at best, according to MrsPdubyah, but as age and reason take over youth and exuberance I find myself questioning a few things. So then  Personalised Plates I was … Continue reading

February 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – Part the Sixth – A New Car

Well we found a car, a very low mileage two owner Mazda Astina 1994 – which makes it only slightly younger that the #Boychild, and so we brought it.  It comes as … Continue reading

January 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – Part the Fifth – Cars

A couple of years ago #Boychild wanted a car, and we made him save his hard-earned cash for one. It was only a ‘bomb’, and was never going to last … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · 2 Comments

Honda CRZ – a quick drive around the block

MrsPdubyah had a call from Honda NZ, “would we please go drive one of their new cars?” She declined but knowing I’m an easy touch made them ring me. Of … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Build a Bridge – get over it.

  Toll roads are contentious. Nobody want to pay to drive. Driving is a right. Unalienable, god-given right. I can drive anywhere at any time. I can even use my … Continue reading

July 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Driving Miss Daisy

Ms16 was so excited that she demanded I take her for a driving lesson in the car. You can go miles in such a short space of time that it … Continue reading

November 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

I Made good my bet

I had, on reflection, a rather daft bet with Ms16 (then 15) about her ability to score a goal in hockey. As a “back” I was confident that I’d manage … Continue reading

November 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

In the land of the lost

Long story long – Close friends of ours have a few domestic issues. These mainly are the youngest daughter – 15 – not getting the direct attention she needs. Lots … Continue reading

November 10, 2010 · Leave a comment

My New Car.

Well new to me. But this isn’t as simple as you’d think. Think of a budget. Every car you like costs at least $2k more. No use kidding yourself that … Continue reading

October 5, 2009 · Leave a comment

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