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Crew Filming Latest ‘Jeep’ Commercial Driving Around In A Mercedes Benz Van!

by Anura Guruge


The German wagon being used by the crew. You can see that they (like I did a few years ago) drove it across the sandbar when the tide was coming in or going out (i.e., when part of the sandbar was under water).


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This was kind of disappointing, ironic and amusing in equal measures.

I guess Jeep does not bother to impose criteria on the film crews they hire.

In the early 1980s when I worked as the Customer Support Manager for ‘ITT Data Systems (UK)‘ ‘British Leyland‘ was one of our big customers (as was ‘Ford‘). I used to have to go visit them often at their various locations — many of them manufacturing plants. A few of these plants, especially up north, would NOT allow non-Leyland cars into their main parking lot. You had to park across the road and walk over. They wanted their main parking lot Leyland only. I had no problem with that since I liked Leyland and owned Triumphs (Spitfires & a TR7) at the time. But, most often I would be driving my company car — which was often a Ford. I thought this was cute on the part of British Leyland. Some of my field support engineers thought otherwise — and, to be fair, unlike I they usually had to lug some ‘heavy’ diagnostic equipment with them (e.g., datascopes). So, they would swap company cars with a colleague, if they could, just to get around the restriction.

Maybe Jeep, now part of ‘Fiat Chrysler‘ should think about a similar policy. I am sure you could find Chrysler vans that could fit the bill.


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We Bought A ‘Nissan Quest’ From ‘Somersworth Nissan’ On Sunday, May 29, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

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This to be fair has to be classed as a somewhat impetuous, impulsive purchase (something that I have been known to do when it comes to large-ticket purchases). We sure did not set out on Sunday to buy a Nissan Quest, a minivan or for that matter any vehicle. I would also have to confess I had never (really) heard of the ‘Quest’. I actually had to ask the salesman as to what minivans Nissan had!

We had been looking for a Nissan Pathfinder. In April, when we were in California, we had rented a Pathfinder, from Budget. We drove close to 1,700 miles and I loved the performance and handling of that SUV. For a year we had talked about getting another 7-seater vehicle to replace our 2002 Chrysler van in June 2016 — when it was next due for its inspection. I was getting fed up paying the increasingly expensive repair bills. I thought we were going to get a Pathfinder. On Sunday morning I confirmed that with Deanna. Yes, we were going to lease a Pathfinder.

On Sunday we were once again headed towards Portsmouth. We were passing ‘Somersworth Nissan‘ and stopped to feel out the lease prices. We looked at a Pathfinder and got lease prices. They were not as attractive as I had wished. Then Deanna and Tesichan started talking about getting a minivan. The salesman volunteered that they had a very tempting ‘dealership rental’ Quest with 4,000 miles. Deanna wanted to look. That one with 4,000 miles had been sold. Then they had this one with 2,400 miles! 2015 with 2,400 miles.

 Deanna took it for a test drive. She and Teischan loved it. Devanee and I would still have preferred a Pathfinder. We spent 90 minutes thrashing out a price. In my old age I no longer try to beat salesman down as much as I can. I prefer to go for a win-win deal, even if I leave some money on the table. We finally agreed on a price with the Finance VP. The they offered us 100,000 miles, 7 year bumper-to-bumper coverage. That jacked up the price a bit — Nissan’s typically only having 100,000/7 year power-train warranties. Anywho … we ended up driving it home without parting with a cent. No money changed hands. I insisted that it be strictly ‘zero-down’ in every way. Second ‘zero-down’ purchase in the last 4 years. I like them. First payment on June 28.

It is nice enough. Devanee thinks it has 16 cupholders. That might be right. It is not ultra-fancy but it is nice enough.

Impressed with the folks at Somersworth Nissan. They were very decent and if they screwed us they did it very discreetly without flaunting it. I hope it was win-win. The salesman told me he made $60 on the sale. Well that is more than I got.

I will keep you posted.


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Shout-Out For ‘Country Tire & Service Center’, Route 11, Just Before Rochester, New Hampshire.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.countrytirelogo

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We got a pair of Firestone FR710s for our van yesterday from these folks. It definitely, per their motto, was easy and different. I am fairly sure that they were ‘honest‘ too. There definitely were no hidden charges or ‘gotchas’. The ‘balanced and on the vehicle‘ price they quoted me was what I got charged, though they had to do a bit of juggling on the wheels since we were not replacing all 4 tires. I was suitably impressed. It was a competitive price too — but that goes without saying.

It was, in reality, the second time we had been there this week. We had also gone there on Thursday. The front tires on the van were out of balance. I called, got an appointment and took it in. There $8 per tire for balancing is fair. They balanced both front tires but said that they thought I had a shifting belt in one of the tires. Two of the tires were getting close to their limit. The balancing did not cure the vibration. While we were there they had given us, in writing, quotes for three different tires.

I was so aggravated with the van that I was going to ditch it and lease a new van. I spent a fair amount of time checking out leases. New Hampshire auto dealers are so screwed about leases. Deanna really didn’t want two new vehicles. Our KIA Sportage only has 14,000 miles on it after 19 months. We put even less milage on the van.

So I decided just to put two new tires on the van and keep it until June. Of course I checked the prices. I made some calls. Don’t bother with the Walmart Rochester Auto Center! It is basically CLOSED. Period. Move on. I love Walmart. I shop Walmart weekly, in-person or online. Deanna thinks I am a Walmart addict — but, trust me, the Walmart Rochester Auto Center is closed.

After much soul searching I decided to go with the Firestones. I called up Country Tire. I talked to Dan Loring, the Customer Service Advisor. He is the one that I had dealt with. I liked him. He tries hard. He told me that I should put the new tires on the back — though the van is front-wheel drive. He explained why. He called it ‘squirrely’ handling. It kind of made sense. I said ‘OK’. Then I CHECKED on the Web! Yes, I am a professional cynic and paranoid. I don’t even trust myself. He was right. So, that was a thumb’s up for him. [But, for the record, he didn’t know, when I first called him up, that you can have your tires balanced, ON the car. Yes, they don’t have the equipment. They should. I like having my tires balanced on the car. I know I have had it done, on my Yellow Corvette, in Laconia.]

Bottom line, we like these people. We like the café, with one cup of complimentary coffee, and Wi-Fi, they have. It is better than your normal waiting room. Good experience all around.

The place is owned by a Poulin brother, of ‘Dick Poulin Chevrolet‘ in Rochester. Funnily enough after getting the tires balanced we did drive to Dick Poulin to check the leases on a Chrysler. Wasn’t impressed. Won’t be going there again. The sales manager who checked out our van as a trade-in didn’t know how to use the trip counter to get the total milage as opposed to the trip milage that was being displayed! Aaaahhhh! I didn’t wait to hear what he was going to give me for a trade-in. I left in a hurry.

Country Tire does more than tires. We might check them out for other stuff, though we do have a decent mechanic in town who has taken care of us ever since we moved to Alton 2007.

Funnily enough this place is build on what used to be one of our favorite local, ‘cottage industries’ in the area. It was a small bungalow that sold ‘fancy’ garden furniture from the yard. In 2007 we stopped to get a Canadian swing — on wheels. The place was run by a lovely, ‘older’ gentleman. The brother-in-law of the lady who owned the house and business. Very, very nice. Though I was ready to pay by credit card for it, and I think it was in the $600 range, he told me to apply for the GE Finance no-interest for 12 months deal. I knew I would get that, I am a total sucker for any and all 0% deals — and I get 3 to 4 offers a week. We applied. He had to call it in. It was taking a few minutes. He goes into the house and comes back with a bunch of bananas! Yes, of course, the kids were with us. The bananas were for all of us. I was beyond impressed. That was masterful. We used to stop by. Never bought another expensive piece from him, but we would invariably buy some, unneeded but cute, decoration. Only because we liked him! We were sorry to see the house, the business and the gentleman go. But, we have Country Tire in its place. Maybe the good Karma lingers.