Alright, it's note new, just new to us. 2-3 weeks of waiting gets us a white 2014 car with 57, 450km on the clock.
I seriously need to find a way to distinguish it from other cars as soon as possible. There was another one at the dealer, and there was one at the gas pump with the bumpers for an epower, but a quick glance would show 3 white E12 Notes within 20 feet of each other.
I'm wondering about trying to switch the bumpers to the Nismo ones, but the sensor holes make it a bit more difficult to find, it doesn't seem to be possible to get them shipped within Japan, and I'm not sure about spending the money on them. UGarage has them for about ¥7000 each though; They're in the wrong colors though.
Anyone have some good ideas on which sections to wrap in Blue on the front and back?
It's got a nice blue glow at the very top of the dash when the car is on, and in ECO mode. Not sure how much that will be on.
r15 rims - I'm getting fancy
Cloth seats are nice. I love how they leave the sheet of plastic on to show they took care to not get the seat dirty
The steering wheel seems a bit plain to me. I wonder how a Nismo wheel would look. UGarage has them for ¥10,000.
I'm a bit amazed at what an econo car in 2014 could have as options: Keyless, Push Start, Idle stop, eco mode, Supercharger, lane assist (warning maybe), collision warning, surround cameras, video in the mirror of the cameras, dvd/tv/GPS with bluetooth, alarm, usb, ETC reader, and I'm not too sure what else I'm missing. It feels fancy for being a small car. Guess I'm just not used to cars with options.
It doesn't have power seats, and it's using drum brakes on the rear which I know they work fine for the size of the car, but I dislike working on them.
Things that they did on the car for it to be 'roadworthy' - New air & oil filters, oil, brake fluid, pads & shoes, wipers, belts, battery, and I feel like I'm missing another basic maintenance, but most of the things that dealers in Japan tack on an extra ¥30,000 to change.
First impressions of how it drives is - way better than the 2009 Fit G did. It's better, which I expect of a car 5 years newer, and with 70,000 fewer km driven.
I would still perhaps eventually consider the Nismo seats because I like them, but I found a set of front and rear X-DIG-S seats that is the half leather, and has a fold-down arm rest for the back. It's on ¥20,000 and it's just over in Kyoto. I wouldn' t even consider it except I sort of want there to be the arm rest now that I know it exists, and I want to sort of make the car mine with some changes.
For ¥650,000 I'm pretty pleased. I might have found the same amount of stuff for a bit cheaper using Goo-net, but I'd have had to do a bit of traveling via train to do it, while this was walking around the corner.
We've now bundled my place to buy a car, car insurance, repair shop, Shaken inspection service, and gas station into one location around the corner. It's very Japanese of us.
To celebrate we went to a steak restaurant called Bronco Billies: