Sorry GMi guys and gals, but I bought a Ford! It's a brand-new 2009 Ford Ka! It's a silver base model, 1.2L gas engine with a 5-speed transmission. Only option is a CD radio. It shares a platform and drivetrain with the Fiat 500 (comes from the same factory in Poland) but has different suspension tuning. Most reviews I've come across comparing the two say that the Ka gives up very little in handling and has a much better ride. Being a short car with the wheels at the corner it's very fun to drive. You sit very high, unbelievably high for such a dinky car, but I quite like it like that.
No real exciting features to speak of... ABS and dual airbags, like everything these days... it's about as simple a runabout as you can get in 2009 (this side of a Dacia, that is). I insisted on buying a car that was already in stock... I didn't want to order one and wait... and Ford was one of the few dealers with any small cars in stock.
I'm sad to see the Ax head to the junkyard, but it was time. I will imagine it sitting in a quiet field near a little stream, with deer and rabbits and birds fluttering around in a Disney-like scene... knowing full well that as we speak it's probably being crushed into a cube.
I have more pictures and will add them later, but I'll attach one for now.
So voila, just wanted to share my joy! Surely even the most hardcore of GM fans can appreciate the excitement of ANY new car!!!