I like it when things just work. Recently I replaced the standard Honda stereo head unit
in my car for a better one. I wanted something that would work with my iPhone (both to play
music and make phone calls) and that I could plug a USB stick into ... as well as the normal
CD player, FM radio type stuff.
I managed to get one of these
Sony MEX-BT3900U units on
special offer (less than half price in fact).
I'm very pleased with it, everything just
worked out of the box. It talks nicely to my phone over bluetooth (I can use the USB cable
too which means I can charge my phone whilst driving).
I even fitted it myself. If like me,
you have steering wheel controls on your car make sure you get the right adaptor. At first
I got a basic Autoleads PC2-68-4 which worked fine, without any steering wheel controls.
But now that I have the correct adaptor for my car everything works. Very cool.
I won't go into all the boring details, but after very nearly 5 years it has become necessary for me to get a more practical car. I'm afraid that I've recently sold my lovely Honda S2000.
It's a bit sad because this is a fantastic car. I have to admit that sometimes I've even felt it to be a bit of a responsibility to look after this car because it's so special. It's a great piece of engineering, and fun to drive as well. It deserves to be taken care of.
One of the nice things about owning an S2000 is that people come and talk to you about it. These cars have a great reputation amongst car enthusiasts. Although one time a young lady walked up to me when I was filling it up with fuel and said: "I love your car, it's so very ... erm ... ahh ... blue!" - she was obviously lost for words. That incident still makes me chuckle. But strangely she was right - the blue ones are the best :-)
I will also miss waving at any other S2000 owner I see when driving around. I can't remember any time when I've seen another S2000 and not been given a smile and a wave. It seems that S2000 owners are a friendly and happy bunch. Maybe it helps when you drive a brilliant car which is unlikely to let you down.
But I am sticking with Honda though, I reckon I've had 5 different Hondas now and they've all been really good cars. So it's on to Honda #6... I've also converted my Dad to Honda too, he has a couple of them at the moment.
A friend of mine who also drives an S2000 once said "people who have not owned an S2000 just don't understand". I can go along with that.