I own a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport.  Ive had it since 2002 – and her name is Rosie.  She and I have been through hell and back.  She has been there for me when I needed her the most.  There have been times when I begged her to stay alive and in good working order.  There have been times when she has saved my life (as well as others who have rode in her).  But today, she is officially retired – minus the moving to Boca Raton.

While Rosie does have an engine that could last easily, another 100K miles (shes currently at 178K), I dont want her to have to struggle.  Ok – enough of this “making inanimate objects seem real” talk.  I bought a new car.  There, its done.

Choosing a car is a bit like choosing a dress.  You want something that feels good when you wear it, that will take a beating (like a night of dancing or falling down tipsy) and something that is appropriate for your age (not all of us have this common sense).

After a bit of back and forth, I found no other car that surpassed the Volkswagen Passat.  It won the Motor Trend “Car of the Year” 2012 award and VW is known for its super safety.  The thing is loaded with airbags.  I went over to Seacoast VW and got myself a Passat.  Reasonably priced for what it is, drives like a true German automobile (Ive owned BMWs and this is right up there with a 325) and has bells and whistles galore.  But wait, wait…the BEST part…………wait for it………………almost 600mi highway (full tank).  YES!  Ive been waiting for a good MPG for years!  No more $150-200/week on gas!  The money I will save on gas will be more than my car payment!   So I get a sweet ride AND save money!?!  WIN WIN!

Here she is – the Black Rose (she’s all goth n’ stuff, black inside and out)


I highly recommend this car for anyone in their mid-30s that wants to feel like a grownup without buying something cheesy or boring.  The other day, I was driving with my husband, listening to Jazz and I broke down crying.  My husband was confused, and asked what was wrong.  I said, “Im listening to jazz in a grownup car.  I feel like an adult.” – Changes man, changes.  😉

PS – If youre in the market for a VW, I HIGHLY suggest Seacoast Volkswagen in Greenland.  Not only are they helpful, but they are super nice and very personable.  Not your typical car salesmen snakes.  Tell them I sent you!