Monday, 2 February 2009

I'm Going To Buy Myself A Skoda...

...I think. Blizzard conditions, arctic London, even the AA man was stuck in the road incline in front of my house shovelling snow from the path of his vehicle. I observed vehicles passing, most getting stuck in the snow, a few skimming happily along on the snow, me trying to work out a pattern and determine what bit of engineering marvel turned some expensive cars ordinary and some ordinary ones into snowmobiles: were low profile tyres impediments? Small cars too light? Big cars too heavy? Balding tyres? Was it the driving styles? Two things were certain: the 4 x 4's went by, and ALL the Skodas followed without problems. Yes, Skodas. Volkswagen must have done something wonderful to them after they acquired the brand. Fifteen years ago, the joke was: how do you double the value of a Skoda? Answer: fill it up with a tank of gas.

I think I'll buy myself a Skoda - do they do 4 x 4's?


38 comments:

Shubby Doo said...

Skoda driver = taxi driver

Buy german or japanese but skodas are a no no...I don't care who makes them. My VW worked just fine today. The real test is 2mrw. Slushy brown snow and then there is the Black ice that is so dangerous. Takes the fun out of the whole snow thing.

Jinta said...

~ shubby ~ that's just the point. skoda is now german!

Funms-the rebirth said...

yep, from ur analysis, Skodas r way to go then....

Shubby Doo said...

I know but there is a difference between a ford and a jaguar...in the same way a skoda does not compare

Whatever the case a skoda is still fugly...don't do it jinta...think of all the naija people that will come to u looking for transport...it will be jinta drop me here...jinta take me there...hmmm...actually u could make some extra cash as a skoda taxi...could come in useful during the credit crunch...but the question is how desperate are u?

*protest banner*...no to skoda!

Jinta said...

~ funms ~ you should have seen them go

~ shubbs ~ ok then, if you feel that strongly about it

Sha said...

ull look good in one too... hahahahaa

Jarrai said...

a 4x4 is the way to go..skoda's have come a long way. As for the london snow..one word describes it..epic

ibiluv said...

dont know much but i kinda agree with Shubby

she's an enginneer!!!!!!!!!!

Jinta said...

~ sha ~ i know you'll always have my back

~ jarrai ~ they've come in leaps and bounds

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Jinta said...

~ ibiluv ~ let me go see shubby for some free advice

Afrobabe said...

Skoda indeed...

I will stick to the 4x4...maybe its the naija in me..

the snow was pretty amazing..hope it falls even more tomorrow...lol.

Jinta said...

~ afro ~ i take it, like me, you did not go to work today

Temite said...

good luck if you can afford it o.

Omosewa said...

I think they do 4X4's, i googled skoda, i know nothing about cars but i will learn!!!

OMgosh, you English pple are such drama kings and queens, 15cm is like nothing. Isnt snow pretty though? Then it gets cold hehe

Have a great week, mwah

OluwaDee said...

Thank God I left London in time. i dont envy anyone enduring the current weather conditions.

Tho, it seems some people like it.

AlooFar said...

You can order it. Custom-made, "Jinta Skoda"

Afrobabe said...

Only stepped out to get some proper naija bread and came back to my eectric blanket...

fantasy queen said...

i had a skoda once, i was glad to get rid of her, her shocks were so good i'd bump in and out of lekki portholes like i was in a landcruiser.....

never underestimate the power of a skoda!!!!

Writefreak said...

Skoda hey?

Well i've got a passat and i think it drives very well! Volkswagens are good, i just have an issue with the maintenance!

bumight said...

i'm not a fan of london cars, plus I CANNOT imagine u in one.

lol @ shubby's comment!

Jinta said...

~ temite ~ i'll have to sell an arm, a leg and probably a kidney

~ 'sewa ~ you're absolutely right. scandinavia takes it for granted.

i think you've carved out your niche with that wedding website thing

~ oluwadee ~ wish you were here. why should we endure this by ourselves? i phoned all my friends in lagos, envious

~ AlooFar ~ a man after my own heart. Jintskoda

~ afro ~ i thought as much

~ FQ ~ you liked the skoda?

~ writefreak ~ passat's are the bomb nowadays. i'll keep my beady eyes out for you

~ bumight ~ lol. you mean european cars? we're slightly smaller than the chevy surburban and dodge ram.

Miss Definitely Maybe said...

Skoda huh?????????
From now on I refuse to get into a car that is not or does not resemble a Bugatti Veyron
I am now literally 'thinking big'
by faith Miss DM is going to own the mountain that is a Bugatti
okay who am i kidding.....guess will have to accept the reality that i will own my Honda civic for life :-(

Buttercup said...

skodas are cute! love the fabia..i hope the one u get serves ur purpose!

i havent seen a 4x4 o..

Omosewa said...

I think so too.

What are you getting me for Vals day?:D

Jaguda said...

did u know an audi a4 has the same engine as a skoda octavia? shows how much extra we pay for 'branding'. nothing do u. buy it

Jinta said...

~ ms dm ~ i am actively working on a Bugatti Veyron. next time you see a man with a paunch, caution! it may be jinta

~ buttercup ~ neither have i

~ 'sewa ~ a wedding?

~ jaguda ~ how right you are. even when engines are not shared, sometimes options and performance are the same. i would have paid less than half for my car if i had gone for a kia 4 x 4. part of my prayer points, to go brandless.

i think i'll make a fashion statement and start driving a robin reliant if the skoda 4 x 4 is not available

Omosewa said...

No, not yet. Diamond earrings?*wink wink*

doug said...

Lol @ Shubby's comment. Whatever you're buying, let it be AWD sha.

doug said...

Oh I had to say this...."Never give in to Shubby!!!". If you want a Skoda, get a Skoda dude!!!! Mscheeeew!! Taxi ko!

Jinta said...

~ 'sewa ~ for you, anything

~ doug ~ i think i'll just take your advice

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

wait, wait, wait.

Jintus, what are you saying? Shebi you drive MB? How your MB no betta pass Skoda?

Come on, please tell me now oh! No wonder my cousin has sworn that she will dissown me if I buy MB. She says i should buy a Range, but only God knows when that will be. =)

Jinta said...

~ solo ~ yes o, i drive mb and its due for a change, also stuck btw the range sport and the audi Q7, and yes, it beats the skoda hands down, but that didn't stop me admiring the prowess of the skoda in the snow.

i'm trying to detach myself from the badge-loving addiction, so far unsuccessfully

Buttercup said...

oga jinta, im here for the antidote for a crampy aunty flo o..just get ur account details ready..

StandTall-The Activist said...

Sorry o. Hope Skoda will solve the problem

Jinta said...

~ buttercup ~ the account's always ready, that is why its in overdraft. lol. do try my antidote, i hear it works as i've had the opportunity to prescribe it a few times. ugh.

~ standtall ~ 4 x 4 will solve the problem. the question is: will skoda do as a 2nd car?

miz-cynic said...

quite humbly, i drive a skoda...wait a minute,quite proudly i drive a skoda,i bought it brand new,with my hard earned cash...emphasis on the hard earned!.

Jinta said...

* miz-cynic - would it be a blue one, perhaps?