This week I had reason to travel to both Dublin (twice) and Cork. Having been born in Dublin you would imagine its childsplay to just zoom across the lanes of traffic getting from a to b. Not so I’m afraid. And although I have “Lane Assist” on my GPS, not all are in it, and don’t get me started on the whole two lanes to one lane to two lanes again!
And people driving these days have NO patience! Surely everyone gets into the wrong lane at some stage? Mind you I think the politer drivers live in Dublin. I was trying to change lanes in Cork (Didn’t realise I was in a turning lane) and got whole heartedly blown out of it, both from the driver behind me, and the one in the lane I was trying to enter. Honest to goodness you need double deodorant before you even start as you are sweating so much!
Another glitch was the whole leaking radiator in the Outlander issue. I am the worst person when it comes to the mechanical side of my vehicles, but am now fully proficient and qualified in the refilling of the water reservoir for the radiator. My trusty mechanic had tried a sealant, but ultimately replacing the rad was the way to go.
On the chance it turned out to be a more serious issue, I had decided to test drive the Pajero. We had been called out by the Waterford City and County Fire Brigades to help rescue a mare and foal. We do some fostering for an animal welfare group, and we are the “Equine specialists”, and it was the first time I felt my outlander really struggled with the towing. *cue EXTREMELY sad face*. She’s taken us all over Europe frequently, and even though she’s not giving up on us yet, because we are NOT mechanically minded, it was time to start looking around.
BUT apparently I can’t actually have my cake and eat it. It is not possible to have a Pajero with 5 seats, that is NOT automatic. And as far as I am aware, there is no real point in towing with an automatic, the fuel consumption is not economic.
So what happens now? We love our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, it is incredibly fuel efficient, comfortable and easy to run, the leather seats give us a little luxury, and keep it easy to maintain. People actually don’t believe us when we tell them we get over 3000 kms out of a tank of petrol. We even helped them promote it!
So, suggestions please??? Is the Shogun an option? Should I just sell the kids? Surely there’s a market for someone, with a family to have a vehicle that tows???
And she’s just gone to 300, 000, maybe I’ll have to bake a cake!