The following Weblog items are filed under the Automobiles category. There are 12 entries in this section. The earliest was published on September 5, 2003 and the latest entry was filed on August 3, 2015. If you have any comments about Automobiles please let me know!

Watch it when you drive

August 3, 2015

On the way home from Cape Cod this past weekend, we had a near accident that certainly would have changed what we would be doing this morning.

We were cruising on the fast lane on Interstate 495, somewhere near Middleboro, when I notice that the traffic in front of us was coming to a slow down. I slowed down leaving plenty of room between the cars. I didn't come to a stop, just went from 65 to about 35 in a fairly short distance.

As I was slowing down we suddenly heard behind us a loud breaking streaking sound. A sound that catches anyone attention, much like a police siren would. In my rear view mirror, I could see a red convertible coming up right behind me very fast.

The car veered off to the left side of the road partly hitting the guard rail and then coming onto the road in front of me. The car came to a stop in the dirt area between the guard rail and the fast lane. I am guessing that they were going about 70 mph and didn't notice the car in front of them was slowing down.

Luckily for everyone else the car didn't hit any other car. It looked like the car did get some scrap damage on the drivers side and it looked like the driver side mirror was hit. Had the driver not veered off our car would have gotten some serious body damage.

We didn't stop. None of the cars around us stopped or even pull over to see if they were alright. We were all happy that no other car was involved.

At first, I thought maybe to break lights weren't working on our car and that's why they didn't slow down, but they were checked only a couple of days ago. Also, no other car around us stopped suddenly. So this clearly wasn't our fault.

I was then concern that perhaps the driver would go after me in a road rage for causing damage done to his car. Perhaps in his worldview I did something wrong. So for the next ten miles or so I kept looking back to see if the red convertible was behind us. I kept looking. After a while, I figured that the driver must have pulled off the exit to get a better look at his car. After ten miles, he wouldn't have the ability to catch up. In addition, it went so fast that they wouldn't have had time to remember what car they almost hit.

So the moral of this incident is to always be watching what your doing when your driving. Don't always assume that the traffic in front of you is going the same speed as you are.


March 10, 2015

This is pretty cool thought of ways that the Apple iWatch may integrate with home automation systems:

As for home automation, the watch can detect your body temp and adjust the house temp to be warmer or cooler. So if your too hot from a workout, the house will be cool when you get home.

Parking Lot Availability

April 10, 2014

Just a quick update on the limited availability of parking spaces at the Framingham MBTA parking lot. In short, there isn't much parking spaces for commuters that take the commuter rail after 8am.

This morning, I noticed there was only one available parking space in the public commuter rail parking lot. This public parking lot is available for both monthly and daily commuters. This basically means that if your taking the 8:18 (P512) train out of Framingham, your fresh out of luck finding a space at the commuter rail parking lot.

If you are planning on taking the Commuter Rail out of Framingham on a regular bases, you should considered some of the alternative parking areas near the commuter rail. You are not guaranteed a parking spot if you sign up for the Monthly parking program. There is a two hour parking limit around many streets in downtown, this applies to meter and non-meter parking.

If you find a broken or missing meter you will get a ticket or your car could get towed if you park for more than 2 hours. Warning: The town is looking for additional reveue, and they will give you a ticket! There are 12 broken meter spots around the train station, and they are happy to write up tickets every day!

Here are some alternative parking areas around downtown. You will need to contact the owners before you park in the lots:

Stop and Shop Gasoline

December 22, 2010

This morning I saved $12.21 by filling up my car at a gas station that accepted the Stop and Shop Reward card. Simply by using the Stop and Shop card and buying things that we needed every day, I was able to save a lot of money at the pump.

I was very impressed with the saving $.80 a gallon and when I saw the price drop to $2.49 a gallon I was very surprised.

If you shop at Stop and Shop, check out the nearest Gasoline station in your area and see how much you save just buy purchasing groceries that you need anyways.

2010 Subaru Legacy / Outback Recall

June 9, 2010

Just got this notice for my 2010 Subaru Legacy:

During a quality review, we discovered that the plastic cover on your vehicle's ABS (anti-lock brake system) electronic control unit may have been cracked during the manufacturing process."

We suggest that you schedule an appointment with your Subaru Dealer as soon as possible to have your vehicle?s ABS electronic control unit cover inspected.

2010 Legacy 2.5i Premium

October 24, 2009

On October 7th, I purchased a 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium. The car is really nice and I am having fun driving it. I was lucky to get a great trade-in for my 2000 Subaru Impreza.

When the car hits about 1,000 miles I'll be going in for an early oil change. I suspect that it will happen later this week.

Bernardi Toyota

October 7, 2009

I tried to call the Bernardi Toyota in Framingham to let them know that I won't be getting the Rav4 that we looked at over the weekend. However, I don't remember the sales guy name.

He left me two voice messages in the past 24 hours on my cell phone but spoke his name too fast for me to understand it. I guess I'll have to wait till he calls me back.

If you are going to the Toyota dealer can you tell them that the guy that came in wanting to buy a car decided to go to a dealer that wanted to sell him a car.

New Car Shopping

October 5, 2009

After 91,219 miles, I decided that its time to get a new car and so this weekend we went looking for a new car to replace my 2000 Subaru Impreza. I decided that its best to get a new car now while the existing car has some trade in value. I didn't want my Subraru to end up like my 1993 Saturn SC2.

We first went to Bernardi Toyota, a Toyota Dealership in Framingham, to look at the Matrix and other Toyotas. After finding out that the Matrix wouldn't be a good option for us since the trunk space is too small. We decided to test drive the Rav4. The car was fun to drive, the only thing that caught my eye was that the windshield seemed bigger than the Subaru or Jeep.

After test driving the 2009 silver Rav4 with 4,000 miles, and telling him that I was undecided on the car and going to other dealerships the following conversation happened:

"When can you come back to get a quote. How about Thursday before 5," he asked.

"No, Wednesday would be better," I responded.

"Fine, Wednesday would be better since that's when the Used Sales Manager will be in to help evaluate your trade in."

"Ok, see you Wednesday." and we shook hands and walked out the door with out a quote for the car or him telling me anything about my Subraru trade in value. They didn't seem to want to sell me a car. Keep in mind we were looking at a used car and someone else might have come in get it.

What's more confusing is that its 2009, and aren't car dealers hurting right now? Don't they need all the business that they can get?

We drove down the street to MetroWest Subaru and purchased a new Subaru. What's weird is that the sales person was the same person that I saw a couple of years ago. The car buying process was very easy and the sales person worked within my budget to get the deal done.

Subaru wanted to sell me a car, and they were able to match the price that I was willing to pay. I am excited that I am getting a new car in a couple of days.

Subaru Impreza

September 16, 2003
Today I purchased a car to replace my 1993 Saturn SC2! A 2000 Subaru Impreza with only 28,000 miles! This isn't a fully loaded car, so I might have to do some customization, such as changing the radio and other upgrades.

It was fun looking at all the used cars out there. Dealing with pressure salesman was not fun. My favorite experience was in Framingham. A sales person wanted to sell me a Dodge Neon with 8,000 miles. However, I could not test drive the car since it was blocked in. Nevertheless, he wanted me to put down a deposit before I left. Also he was talking to a couple who were looking at a Jeep while he was going back to his manager. Good thing I didn't buy the Neon, as it didn't make the "Consumers Report Reliable Used Car" guide.

What I learn in finding a Used Car

  1. Use the Internet to find available cars. You are better off checking specific dealers websites than sites like Not all dealers will use global sites.
  2. Research various cars, use Consumer Reports Reliable used cars as a guide.
  3. Do not be afraid of walking away once you see the car you like.
  4. Find out the total cost of the car before putting any money down.
  5. Test drive the car.

2000 Subaru Impreza Feature List
  • Power Sunroof
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Steering
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Cassette Player
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Gauge Cluster
  • Clock
  • Trip Odometer
  • Tachometer Tilt
  • Steering Wheel
  • Tinted Glass
  • Interval Wipers
  • Rear Defroster
  • Remote Trunk Lid
  • Driver Side Air Bag
  • Console
  • Front Bucket Seats
  • Reclining Seats
  • Cloth Upholstery
  • Body Side Moldings
  • Center Arm Rest
  • Maintenance Free Battery
  • Courtesy Lights
  • Map Lights
  • Child-Proof Locks
  • Fog Lights
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Passenger Side Air Bag
  • Am/Fm Stereo Radio
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Dual Electric Mirrors

Saturn Gone

September 5, 2003
At 10:30 this morning a Tow truck from Tracy came and towed my 1993 Saturn SC 2. The car will be auctioned off at Capitol Auto Auctions with proceeds to be donated to the Salvation Army.

I purchased the car on September 12, 1994 with 19,936 miles. Today it had 133,484 miles. It was a fun car to drive, and sometime in the next few days I'll be purchasing a used car.

So far I test drove a Toyota Matrix, Toyota Celica, Toyota Camry, Pontiac Grand AM, PT Cruiser, and Mercury Cougar.