Some of you guys already know this, but I got a new car.
Unfortunately, it wasn't a GM product. As alot of you know from my many and excessive rants, I'm a stick-shift fan. GM currently doesn't have anything in a stick in the mid-sized category except for the CTS and the G6 GT (former GTP) but both were WAY beyond what I wanted to spend right now. I'm paying off bills and student loans -- no need to get crazy with the purchase.
Anyway, the only domestic mid-sizer with a stick that I could get are the Ford Fusion and the Mercury Milan. The Milan is really nice and has some great detailing (the satin finish on the interior, LED taillamps, etc) -- but I couldn't justify the added price and for the money; even though I particularly liked the "upscale" look of the Fusion. So instead I took those dollars and got a few options on the Fusion instead
It's an '07 Ford Fusion SEL, I4/5-speed stick, Dark Blue Pearl with Dark Graphite Interior and "piano black dashboard applique". I ordered the car from the factory at the end fo January (there wasn't a stick-shift with the colors/options I wanted within a five state radius) and picked it up on March 24th.
The SEL comes with lots of stuff standard like an in-dash 6-disc changer, iPod jack, heated mirrors, 17" rims, fog-lamps, power-everything, 6-air bags, etc.
The only options I got were ABS, a spoiler and a sun-roof --- that's about it.
All in all, for my first new car it isn't all that bad. Certainly good enough for a daily driver.
The pics aren't the best since I took them when it was raining, but its the best I've got for right now. More glamour shots later on down the line.
No, you're not imagining the red-haning-thing -- its a "mano cornuto" alla Italia! LOL