Spark… get it? 🙂
I’ve been in love with the Diamond Star Motor (Mitsubishi Eclipse, Eagle Talon, Plymouth Laser) platform since I was 12 or 13. I now own my 2nd Eclipse and just the other day, I decided to crack open its owners manual. And what do you know… there’s a ton of interesting stuff in there!
After reading for just a few pages, I already found something I didn’t know! Apparently my car has a G-sensor! Just like the famous Nissan GTR and the new C7 Corvette. It’s just under the dash. Now I want to see if I can pull live data off it to see how many G’s I’m producing at any given moment – the number will be tiny (my car isn’t too fast) but it’s still pretty cool to see!
I also found out tons of other cool stuff! The car actually has two antennas for the radio! I have heated door mirrors. And you’re not supposed to use a cell phone in the car because it may cause car electronics to work improperly and you could die as a result! All interesting stuff!
Well, with all the new information I have even less desire to ‘upgrade’ or sell my current car. I’ve found out about so many cool new features to use!
Now, I already love my car quite a lot. But for those of you who want to ‘upgrade’ ‘… just because’ maybe you can consult this list. It will probably keep you from wanting a stupid new car. 🙂
1. Love Your Car Again by Finding out Fun Factoids!
Did Kanye West drive your type when he was your age? Do you drive a Toyota Camry? Did you know it’s actually an anagram? camry = my car.
2. Hit up the Forums!
My favorite forum is DSMtuners. There, I get to chat about my car with people who are very passionate about the platform. They also help me diagnose and repair my car when breaks and I don’t know what to do!
3. Test Its Limits
One thing I see people my age doing all the time is buying a high horsepower replacement car when they haven’t even tested the performance of their current car. Unless you’ve pushed your car to its limit and found it extremely lacking, why do you want more horsepower? On the other end of the spectrum, have you tried to perhaps attached a roof rack to your current car instead of buying an SUV? Cars with roof racks and bicycles on them look pretty sweet, in my opinion.
4. Do Small Modifications to Make the Car More Livable
Are there a few things you hate about your car? Could you solve those shortcomings pretty easily? Do it! Maybe you want heated seats – get ’em! Maybe you want a place to sync your iPhone to your car… mount an iPad in the dash! It’ll be a better infotainment unit than you can find in 99% of new cars. Tesla is the remaining 1% with its massive dash display.
5. Get It Squeaky Clean
Vacuum and wash your ol’ car. Like my grandpa tells me, ‘Cars just seem to run better when they’re clean. They don’t run any better but boy they feel like they do.’ Plus, I find when I clean my car, I get more appreciation for it. We spend someone 1:1 time. It’s hard to explain but putting your time/effort into a car makes you appreciate it more.
6. Get It Checked out/Check It out Yourself
I know quite a few people who after college buy a new car. Out of curiosity, I ask them why. They say that they just weren’t sure if they trusted their car or not.
Instead of buying a $25,000 replacement, spend a little money getting your car thoroughly inspected by a mechanic. Have them (or yourself) perform all the maintenance and check for anything that looks out of place. Then you’ll have complete peace of mind when embarking on your next road trip! I’d go anywhere in my ’99 with 169,000 miles now that I’ve done this step.
7. Fix Even the Small Stuff
You know the rear wiper, how it bolts to the car? My plastic cover for that 10mm bolt was missing (probably got blown off when power washing). Well, I had one left over from my last Eclipse (no idea how… sorry guy I sold it to). I slapped it on the car and wow it actually makes a nice improvement to the exterior of the car. It looks so much more… complete.
There are a lot of little things that may annoy you about your car. Perhaps the passenger electric window is broken. Maybe the headlamps are cloudy… get that stuff fixed! After you get that stuff fixed, you’ll be rid of those annoyances leaving you no excuses to get a new car. Buying a new car because the power window stopped working… palleeeaase!
8. New Paint Job
I was watching Suze Orman a few years ago… just me as you will. Some guy called in wanting a new car. She told him to save for the new car and if need be, he could respray his current car if it looked bad. That could hold him over for a few years. I’m mixed about Suze Orman but I agreed with her on this ‘Can I Afford It?’ segment.
9. Read the Owners Manual
Like I said earlier, the owners manual will flush out some crazy features about the car you never knew! And it’ll help you make the car last longer by learning how to take proper care of it. Shoot, I didn’t even know I had heated mirrors and I’ve owned a 2nd generation Eclipse since I was knee high to a grasshopper… 16. 🙂
10. Get a New Set of Wheels
Wheels… just wheels. I’m not referring to an entire car when I say wheels. 🙂 Wheels completely transform the appearance of a car!!! Go on Craigslist (better yet, SearchTempest) and you can find some pretty awesome wheels for cheap. Just go to the forums first to find out if the wheels you find will fit your car (and look good). Most forums have a section for photoshop requests. Talented young graphic designers are eager to showcase their skills.
Those are my 10 super tips for how to love your car again. What will you do?
Will you soon love your car again?!
P.S. If you enjoyed this article, you should definitely read this one as well.