Last Friday I had the perfect opportunity to take a road trip from Seattle to Palm Springs. I have a 2005 Coupe LE -with cruise control and cupholder
Prior to the trip I had my 18k service with all fluids changed. I also put on new tires.
The trip down I-5 was great. Heading through the mountain passes in Southern Oregon was a kick as the car had tremendous power uphill. I effortlessly passed semi trucks through winding corners like they were standing still. I found Sport Mode to really be aggressive through the corners, then turned it off when cruising for a much cushier ride.
There was a bit of snow around Northern California, it is Winter after all. The roads were clear on the freeway, yet when I pulled off for fuel there was a bit of snow on the sides of the roads. It had been plowed 8-10 feet high in some places.
I stopped in Sacramento for the night and pushed towards Los Angeles the next day. Enroute I had a Corvette that wanted to play. We slowed and gave it a go a couple of times. He simply could not keep up. When we pulled over for fuel he remarked that he was giving it all she had and I still just walked away. I don't want to say how fast we were going, let's just say it was fast
Cruising up through the Grapevine was also great fun as I cranked the 1000 watts of after market stereo. Having four 6.5" subwoofers and Focal K2's in the doors sounds so sweet.
My destination, a memorial service in Palm Springs.
Headed back up to Washington. Enroute through Mt Shasta, I had a Hybrid Honda keeping pace when my radar detector went off. I immediately slowed and moved to the slow lane. The Honda wasn't so lucky, the Highway Patrol came out lights blazing and pulled him over. Behind the front grill and on the rear license plate I have a laser shifter. The detector "talks to you" and stated "KA Band", giving me sufficient warning. The amazing thing about the Escort Passport 9500ci is that it is also GPS based so it marks areas where speed traps and photo radar are located. You can download monthly updates through USB. I pulled off at the Mt Shasta exit and there was once again, lots of snow. The trip computer says I averaged 19.1 MPG.
Cruise control was a joy to use. I was amazed at how refined the acceleration and deceleration was. The car just held the speed and was not abrupt and jerky like other cars. Since the radar detector has GPS readout of speed, I noticed that the car's speedometer was off a few MPH at cruising speed. I loved the intuitive interface of the cruise control. Driving uphills with 55mph suggested corners was simply exhilarating. I had the hugest smile on my face. As I gripped the steering wheel and maneuvered around the bends while listening to that sweet exhaust. It just sounds and feels so amazing to downshift and punch it!
Back in Washington, I stopped at friend's new place to stay the night.
2550 miles in 5 days. No issues. A perfect trip. I considered it 2550 miles of "therapy" and loved every minute of it. I got home, kissed the family, petted the family dog then proceeded to hand wash the Coupe. What a great car.