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You're really passionate about this car, right? That's pretty cool. Enthusiasm is good. I just inherited the same car, from my grandmother, to my sister, to myself. Only ~69,000 miles on it. I'll probably drive it 'til it falls apart, myself. I'm used to compact cars, myself, with the biggest car I've ever owned (until my Lexus ES300) being a Toyota Camry. The Camry got totalled (not my fault), and with the Lexus I've rear-ended a woman on the freeway (she had slammed on her brakes unexpectedly), resulting in the slightest of damage to her back bumper (looked mostly like paint from my car), but a good crush in my front bumper. I also "brushed up" against a parked car in a store lot. Again, my victim's car sustained no noticeable damage, but now _both_ ends of the front bumper looked like they had been punched out ... perhaps by the Incredible Hulk. I got lucky when the owners of the parked car said, "I don't see any damage, you might as well just go," which I absolutely did. That's when my sister informed me that, despite it's modest size, a Lexus should be driven like an eighteen-wheeler, because it's so freakin' powerful that stopping it takes time and distance. No more tailgating for me; I don't care _how_ dense the traffic is! Safe following distance, reasonable speeds, and ultra concentration (MY 2002 ES300, if not yours, is apt to wander out of its lane if the driver starts playing with all the neat functions inside the car). Oddly enough, my six-disc changer also gets finicky, especially about ejecting CDs. One terrible night, I though I'd be stuck listening to "The Best of Gary Glitter" for all time.Report it
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