Monday, 24 September 2012
My Beaut Ute
It’s been clear for some time now that I need a Ute.
The MX5 is a great little jigger, but when it comes to moving house, carrying cleared vegetation away, or disposing of years of accumulated household clutter, it’s not a lot of use.
This was brought home a few weeks ago when I drove to the local hardware store to get a few bits and pieces, and realised that most of said bits and pieces weren’t portable in the Mazda.
Offspring in shared student accommodation seem to move house at least annually, and I'm sick of hiring or borrowing Utes.
Having said that, anything I own has to be enjoyable to drive. I also prefer front engine, rear drive, and fully independent suspension. Once the decision was made to acquire a Ute, the next decision was which make.
Given my preferences above, it had to be a Commodore. I’ve owned Falcon sedans and driven Falcon Utes, and am familiar with the driving characteristics of the Henry*. They’re a great vehicle, but don’t drive as well as the Commodore.
The leaf spring rear end is also an anachronism these days. They’re OK when laden, but I’ll be driving the thing around empty most of the time.
The best value is had at auction, so that’s where I looked. I discovered a 2008 Omega with about 50000 on the clock, and ended up paying $3000 less for it than anything I’d found through a dealer or on private sale.
It’s ex Brisbane City Council, has been serviced regularly, and hasn’t copped a belting.
The Mazda is sulking in the shed. It’s a lovely little thing, but life moves on.
I’ll make sure it goes to a good home.
*A Ford (as in Henry Ford).
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