Brother does a good job as well. Not bad for a 600 person town. If it were my house I'd be the one besdie him. He adds every year:
Daughter and son-in-law surprised me just before Xmas. Got rid of her BMW X3 and got an Audi SQ5 emerald green colour. Looking forward to seeing it this summer. Found this on the internet, nice looking car. Asked about the bells and whistles and Audi has had to adjust its trim packages becasue of the electronic component supply issues. This is what it looks like:
A bit more fancy than my new-to-me 2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited Edition AWD, mind you the Tucson is a step or two, maybe three, up from the KIA Soul I had. Tucson has all the bells and whistles you would expect from a Limited Edition, but no heated steering wheel - heated side mirrors, but no heated steering wheel. Have to find something else:
Picked my brother up a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Edition AWD becasue his KIA Sportage frame was rusted out and no form of fixing would satisfy an Ontario MOT sfatey inspection. Has a lot of bells and whistles, my Tucson has a few more/different, but for a 2011 it's quite good, Only issue so far is the power door lock mechanism. Needs a new controller - historical item, not a show stopper:
The Santa Fe has the inverter unit 12 VDC to 120 VAC - cool item, and it works. He's coming to Victoria on 21 January to drive it back to Ontario. To help, found him a little cooler he can plug in for snacks and such. Does the hot/cold thing. Dad used to collect Coca-Cola items so this is apprapoe:
Been comparing the two vehicles. The Santa Fe has the 3.5 litre engine, the Tucson the 2.4 Litre. Both appropriate for the car and sizes. The Santa Fe engine does 2000 RPM at 120 KPH, the Tucson 2300 RPM. The Tucson downshifts on slight grades, the Santa Fe does not. The Santa Fe has the auto ECO system. Goes into ECO mode when not sensing a change in engine operation, but when you increase engine RPM goes into regular mode - ECO off, until the additional engine requirement is finished - shifts into ECO mode automatically. The Tucson is in ECO mode or not - push button option. Both are firm in the suspension steering, the Santa Fe more so. The Tucson has a steering "feel" option - comfort/normal/sport. I use normal, don't think there is a lot to be gained otherwise. The Santa Fe has more interior space, logical, and I like this a bit better.
The suspension is quite firm on both, but the Santa Fe feels a bit more firm.
The Hyundai Tucson AWD appears to get the same fuel economy as the KIA Soul 2WD, and you get more interior space. The KIA Soul does outshine the Hyundai Tucson in the trim package)s) and for a much better price. My Tucson was some $42K CDN off the lot in 2014, Sonya's 2016 KIA Soul was $29K CDN off the lot with similar trim packages.
Used car market is crazy right now, a premium for good used cars. Used early 2000ish models of the Santa Fe and Tucson with over 200,000 Kms - some 350K Kms is ridiculous; however, this does infer that these vehicle engines are quite reliable.
Brother needs a trailer hitch to tow the snowmobile trailer. Found one locally, wiring harness and hitch $250.00 CDN taxes in - good deal. The same for the Tucson is $100.00 more, go figure for the smaller car.
Did order a set of WeatherTech style floor mats for the Tucson, saved about $100.00 CDN.
Overall impression between the two, don't get a chance to have two vehicles to compare very often, is that the Santa Fe would now be my choice between the two from the used vehicle world. Hyundai has trimmed the Santa Fe engine to a 3.3 litre V6. Thinking the Santa Fe will be as good if not better in fuel economy than the Tucson. Have been reading up on the turbo versions - 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre, but a turbo failure is very expensive. Jury is out on this.
Have to find my sister a good used car. Looking for an early model Santa Fe - smaller profile than the newer ones, or a Tucson. The engine and transmissions are more reliable than her 2015 Ford Focus SE. She had two transmission changes under warranty. Now that the warranty is no longer, she is concerned about any transmission issues. You also "drop" into her car, it's very close to the ground. Must have heated seats, everything else is a bonus.
So much for the car review. Know this is a motorcycle forum, but it's just after Xmas, haven't got into the motorcycle projects yet. With the continuing snow that reminds us in Victoria that we are part of Canada, riding the motorcycle by pushing it out of the garage, into gear, back into the garage, repeat as necessary is not riding. Waiting patiently for the roads to dry up and the snow to go the way of the Dodo bird.
went and got a car wash then drove over to visit mom. from there down to belle isle for some pic's of the river between the island and Detroit. stopped on the way home for $28 worth of $3.00 a gallon gas
Finally got the GW out for a spin on Monday. Let the brother ride the Spyder, so killed two birds with one stone. He had never riden one or been on one. He had a hoot, always yelling into the communicator. Think he will be looking for one. We stopped at Pat Bay for a couple of photos. One of our Coast Guard stations in the background. He's headed back to Ontario with his new car. Thinking he would have put the Spyder in the back if it would fit. He's going from plus 8 deg C to -40 deg C.
Getting to the point where I need to reorganize. Never thought I'd have a snowblower in Victoria, but got a screaming deal on this Toro Power Max 824. Getting older so have to work smarter:
Picking up this morning. If it never snows again well worth the money.
To move the chute on this snowblower, no longer have to bend down and turn a lever. It is done at the control bar and works a treat. This feature is worth the dollars. Put a red box around the chute mechaism:
Put oil/gas in, primed three times, two pulls and started right up. Now let it snow.
Polished 3x through the charcoal filtration apparatus.
Rendered 160 proof.
Polished and aging in toasted oak chips.
After aging for a few weeks, I will proof it down to 80 proof and end up with about $500 worth of smooth, enjoyable sipping spirits with just a hint of smoky after taste.
The 80 proof "Apple Pie" recipe made very popular Christmas gifts.