|I admit that I have never been happy with
any car I bought, new or used. My first new car was a 4-cylinder, 2.5 liter,
6-passangers Chevy Celebrity sedan. The car ran OK when the maximum highway
speed was 55 MPH. But when the speed limit increased to 70MPH, the car
started to show signs of fatigue. Driving on a ramp or climbing a small
hill caused shaking, coughing, jerking, and passing gas while gasping for
air as if she has asthma. Then, it began to show signs of arthritis and
loose joints. When I turn, the seats move side ways, as if they are going
to jump from the car. If I break, some parts of the car stop moving while
the others continue marching as if no breaks were pressed.
I was advised by a friend to buy a Japanese
car instead. He convinced me that these cares are reliable and good on
gas. He insinuated that I can be a millionaire from the money saved from
gas. Therefore, I bought 4-cylinders, 1.8 liter, Nissan Sentra. But
before I close the first million dollars in saving, I started to walk funny.
My knees started to give some squeaking sound, after I drive the Sentra.
I went to the Doctor, and after inspection, he informed me that I have
loose joints. Now, instead of my car having loose joints, I am the one
who have it. The doctor advised me to drink a lot of milk and eat vegetables.
I neither ate vegetables nor drank milk, I sold the car. After that I became
fine. I realized that underpowered cars are health hazard, and my
next car must be very powerful.
If I ask you what is the most annoying
thing for you after wife nagging. You may say traffic, or the neighbor.
For me it is the car keys. This is because the sharp ends of the chain
ring tear the fabric of my pockets creating holes. This resulted in the
ruin of many of my suits, since I cannot wear the pants. In addition, these
holes also helped in the creation of a money laundry scheme in my house
by my 8-years old son. The scheme worked as follows. Any money change I
put in my pocket is drained through the pocket holes. They are then collected
by my son. After he collects 100 cents, he exchanges them from me for a
one dollar bill. When I put the change in my pocket, they fall from the
holes to the hands of my son where the cycle is repeated. I became like
a leaky faucet draining money all the time. This made me wish for a keyless
car where doors and ignition do not need a key.
Finding the right address has been a challenge
for me. I don’t know why the address that I am looking is the one that
I can not find. For example, if the address I am looking for is 510 King
Dr., I find 508, 509, 511, and 512, but not 510. I spend a lot of time
searching for the number. But I always discover, to my chagrin that the
building I am seeking is behind another building or on a separate section
of the street. To avoid this headache, I decided that my next car must
have a navigator.
Several months after the incidence on route
IL-38, I read, to my delight, in a car magazine that Mercedes Benz has
developed radar to detect the car in front and control the speed to maintain
certain distance from the front car. The device is called “distronic.”
The second surprise was that Mercedes has the “Keyless Go” option in some
models, where doors can be opened and car driven without inserting a key.
I felt that God answered two of my prayers in one stroke, and felt that
He is challenging me to buy that car.
I checked Yahoo-Auto to find a car that
meets my requirements. To my delight, I found the car of my dream in the
Boston area. The car I found was Mercedes Benz E500 sports with 4matic
(AWD), keyless go, distronic, and navigation. This solved all my
problems: no holes in the pocket, no loose joints, no coughing when climbing
a hill, and above all no howling to stay awake.
I called the owner of the dealership and
negotiated the price. I booked a plane ticket to fly to Boston on a Friday
morning to buy the car. When I saw the car, I fell in love with from the
first sight. The next day, Saturday, one of the technicians picked
me up from the hotel to finish the papers and drive the car back home.
I asked the dealer to set the navigator to guide me to Chicago, since I
did not have a map. The dealer made some settings and stored the destination
address and said: “It is ready to go.” But, I did not know what is in store
(To be continued)
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Dr. Ibrahim M. Abdel-Motaleb
Professor of Electrical
DeKalb, IL 60115