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30 December 2007 @ 09:48 pm
Car Stuff  

As of Monday, I'll be driving a new 2008 Nissan XTerra X (in "night armor" -- well, I'm already driving a silver one, but it's a loaner), more or less stock (I got the side airbags, though. They threw in a bug deflector because it was already on the color I wanted -- anybody happen to know if those have any effect on gas mileage? Given how Colorado is pretty much bug-free in any practical sense, it's not something I have any need for).

Somehow -- pretty much no matter how the insurance settles out, but especially if it goes the way I expect -- I'll end up with more money than I had before the accident. Albeit at the cost of a fairly large chunk of debt. The first debt I've had in about three years, actually, which I'm not super happy about, but I guess that's life. :-/

Of course, I'll be replacing the stereo sometime, probably with more or less the same unit I had in the Civic (as far as I know, if they total the car, they get the stereo). Question is, would it be worth upgrading the speakers? I'm going to give them a listen first -- it can't be worse than the Civic, as apparently it's got a couple extra speakers, but I doubt it's actually any better. But honestly, I don't know much about the technical side of car audio. If it didn't cost too much, and it actually makes a difference, I'd probably be interested in upgrading them.

On the other hand, I'm not interested in getting a subwoofer that would vibrate the car off the road. Those things are just annoying. And I'm not willing to give up any cargo space for anything, either.
In the mood: tiredtired
dragonet2dragonet2 on December 31st, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
When we lived on
75th Street, we always heard people driving by with the subwoofers that made the boom-chaka-laka reallly loud. But the weirdest one was someone playing country-western music with the subwoofer action. All three of us were, WTF, what the blazing hell was that?

In this neighborhood, since we don't live facing out on Armor, we get very little road noise except for sirens.
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Douglas Triggs: danger death raydoubt72 on December 31st, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Well, the first question is whether the sound actually needs improving -- the receiver is getting replaced regardless, but that's a control/media issue, not a sound-quality one.