Yup, already to 1500. Not bad for living on an island...
Despite all the gloom-and-doom that I keep reading about here on the boards, the Son of Hulk has run like a champ so far. The HUD'* doing the standard-issue "dance" that seems to come with the Eye-Q equipped cars, and while they're working now, I've probably got a ticking time bomb in the foglights. Both issues will be fixed at the next maintenance interval.
Gas mileage is not too bad; I'm varying from 17.0 to 19.1 in the (very) mixed driving that I do here on Oahu. Gas prices, as you might expect, have surged straight past "ludicrous" and gone directly to "obscene"---premium'* running about 3.50/gall on this island; Kuaui'* gone all the way to 4.25/gall. My personal tactic for dealing with the gas situation is to get all my errands done by close of business on Saturday, then stay at home all day Sunday. For at least one day out of the week, the car doesn't move.
It'* alright...it'* in the garage, so it'* protected.
I DO have one question though: When I first crank up the car in the mornings, there'* this "whistling" sort of noise coming from under the hood. It runs like that for maybe 15-20 seconds or so, then it stops, the engine settles down to low idle AND starts running smoother as well. Does this Northstar engine have some sort of "warmup loop" that it goes into when cold?
Got the windows tinted last week; much better on the interior temps now, although I still need to get a better windshield screen for when I'm parked. They're real tight on windshield tint around here. 35% is the max legal limit; they do allow a slight "fudge factor" of maybe 3-4% each way, and at the state-mandatory safety inspections, they WILL physically check using a light meter.
All for now. At some point in time, I'm planning to set up my own website and blog; the folks over at mercurymarauder.net are encouraging me to do as much. For a while, I was using one of their discussion forums to hold my own impromptu blog on living and driving in Hawaii. (when nobody really chimed in, I decided nobody was interested and let it drop.) A small number of folks have urged me to get back to doing that, and I'd like to, but I think I need some more "swingin' room" to really hack away at the subject, ergo...the website. Will let y'all know.
Catch ya next time, folks!