“I really love all-American cars. They’re built tough!”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Donna
- Car in Question: 2004 Pontiac Aztec
- Spotted at: Reggie’s Music Joint, 2109 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60616
- Odometer: 122,648
Q: What’s your car’s main use?
A: I mostly take it back and forth from work, but I drive it to friends’ places, to the grocery store. I take it wherever I need to go.
Q: What’s your favorite or worst part about your commute?
A: My favorite part is the fact that I live so close to work. It is literary a 10 minute drive from Chinatown to the South Loop, which is great because I don’t waste a lot of gas or time going back and forth. Since it’s such a nice commute, I really don’t have any complaints.
Q: Do you have any rules for your car?
A: I don’t have any rules. The only thing I don’t like people to do is to cough or sneeze in my car and not roll down the window. I know that sounds kind of silly, but it’s a pet peeve of mine. I just feel like you should open up a window afterwards, so fresh air can circulate inside the car.
Q: What do you listen to while driving in your car?
A: I pretty much listen to all types of music. In the past I used to just sit in the car with the radio on, and just relax. But it drains the battery. I learned that the hard way. One day my dad had to jumpstart the car and I had to take it out for a 30 minute drive just to charge it up. Now I usually take it out once every two weeks, usually on a Wednesday night, and cruise around and listen to music.
Q: If your car had a theme song what would it be?
A: If my car had a theme song, it would probably be “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeah!
Q: If your car had a human emotion, what would it be and why?
A: I can’t really just give it one emotion. It has its days where it exhibits a range of emotions. But for the most part, I would say it has a Type B personality. It gets you there and back, and hums quietly.
Q: How did you get your car?
A: Well my dad originally bought the car for himself. But since I use it more than he does, I now look at it as both of ours. I really like my car though. It hasn’t really had any major problems. It’s not too old. It’s still one good piece of hulkin’ machinery. I hope it has a lot of miles left in it.
Q: What do you think your next car will realistically be?
A: I really love all-American cars. They’re built tough. There’s usually not a lot of problems with them. I would really like to get my hands on a Ford Fiesta because I heard that it’s a perfect road trip car. I think it gets like 40 to 45 miles per gallon on the highway, which is perfect, if I ever do want to get away! I, however, hope it sits higher off the ground than a Honda. My mom has a Honda. It’s way too low to the ground. I have to literally crawl/roll out of the car just to get out. And when the car hits an aboveground bump, you can hear it scrape the bottom.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about your car?
A: Too bad Pontiac had to shut down. I was born and raised with a line of Pontiacs, so I really loved the way their cars looked. We had three Pontiacs from the time that I was born until now. The first one my dad had was in the ’90s. He sold it for a Pontiac Trans, which was a van. Now we have the 2004 Aztec with us today.
Photos and interview by Nicolette Chambers
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