Saturday, May 26, 2007
The Grey Nissan Maxima S Touring and the Emirates Road
I drive the Nissan Maxima. Made in 2004, it has a 3 ltr engine, is grey in colour, with a nice sounding model name 'S Touring'.
Not a exceptional looking car, I bought it without any research, from a Used Car Dealer(!), no service history, it had already done 90K on the odo, and the insurance guys definately did not like it! And worse, a couple of days back, when i had popped in to the company service station for a service, they checked the chassis number in the data base and went " you have a really bad car! (no, he never inspected the car) This car was owned by Budget Car Rental Company and they have serviced it just once so far!
Not that iam unhappy with it - i think the Maxima is really great. But, why did i do what i did - bought myself a Maxima in a hurry?
Well, in the first month in Dubai, i had rented a car to travel from my home in Gusais to work in Jebel Ali. A 56 km stretch through the legendary Emirates Road, i had chosen the fine Toyota Corolla to do it. Things were pleasant, except that the moment i decide to try the fast lane (the middle lane was awfully slow and would take you 30minutes more to get home), there was this huge car 2 cms behind, flashing lights like lightning suggesting i give way. I would have loved to, but the poor Corolla could never ever understand my hurry.
At that time, i thought it was an unwritten rule that the fast lane was meant for real cars (the Landcruiser ruled!) and word got around to me that the Maxima commanded a lot of respect, especially with the tailgating fraternity.
Today, driving down the Emirates road with my grey Maxima S Touring, i still get the same flashes the moment i get on to the fast lane. But, then my maxima knows to get out of the way like hell!!!