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Sixteen months after my intial test drive, fourteen months after placing the order, and two months after approving the final build order, it finally arrived.

Over the course of the very long wait, I had the occassional doubts about how it was going to turn out. There are just so many different combinations of colors and options that it was hard to know whether the particular features I chose made sense at all—or whether another combination would work even better. Fortunately, the car turned out even better than I thought it would.

The 30 mile drive back home from the dealership actually was closer to 70 miles as I took the, uhm, slightly less direct route back. All the while the car’s navigation system (which I couldn’t figure out how to turn off) was yelling at me for missing turn after turn of its carefully planned directions.

Yes, the ride was a bit stiffer than my previous car, and right leg was a bit bruised from constantly being wedged against the center column-I think I still need to work out a more comfortable seating position-but it was quite a lot of fun crusing down the freeway with the sun roof open on a long overdue sunny day in Seattle.

I’m looking for to an extended drive this weekend and hopefully a longer road trip later this summer.


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