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DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Mackie At Valley Court

March 5, 2012 3:00 AM

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"I listen to all kinds of music."

dyr connecticut DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Mackie At Valley Court

“Oh, it’s definitely a girl car.”

The Ride
The Driver: Mackie
Car in Question: 2012 Infiniti M37
Spotted at: Valley Court, Hamden, CT 06518
Odometer: 5,940

THE DEFENSE

Q: Hi Mackie! Thank you for participating in Defend Your Ride Connecticut. Great car. Love the Infiniti. Why did you buy it? Was it just time for a new car?

A: My husband had a car accident with his Infiniti, so he took my Toyota and I got the new Infiniti.

Q: So that was sort of a beneficial result from a not so ideal situation?

A: Absolutely because I got the new car with all the bells and whistles!

Q: What kind of bells and whistles does it have?

A: I have Bluetooth, air-conditioned seats. I have heated seats. I always had heated seats in the Toyota.

Q: How do air conditioned seats work?

A: I don’t know. You just turn the knob to left and it’s cool. Turn the knob to the right and it’s hot. <laughs>

Q: How is the Bluetooth? Do you use that feature much?

A: It stinks. Nobody can understand a word I say when I’m using my Bluetooth. But they are going to fix it because we just got a letter saying they are going to improve it!

Q: If you’re not talking on your phone in your car, are you listening to music? What kind do you prefer?

A: Everything. I listen to all kinds of music. I love hip hop music. I like country music. I like Top 40. I’ll just surf around for stations.

Q: How long have you had this car?

A: Since May. This is our third Infiniti. We love Infinitis and we love the Infiniti dealership. They’re great. Although, I love my Toyota. I have a Toyota Hybrid, but you know, I love the Infiniti. It’s beautiful.

Q: It’s very nice. What’s the most extensive trip you’ve taken in this car?

A: Probably to Boston.

Q: What did you do in Boston?

A: Visit family.

Q: You didn’t have to deal with any parking or anything?

A: No, because we don’t go into Boston Proper. We go into Natick, the outside areas, Framingham. That area.

Q: Gotcha. So it seems you’re not much of an SUV kind of person. You’re more of a car person?

A: I thought Bobby [Mackie’s husband] should get an SUV because he’s a salesman. He keeps so much supplies in his car. But he doesn’t like driving an SUV. He likes driving a car.

Q: And you’re the same?

A: I didn’t need an SUV.

Q: Why did you go with this color?

A: I didn’t want dark. I thought it was pretty. It’s like a silver color. I would have looked at the white one, but I don’t remember what they had available that we could get because we needed a car rather soon. But I just think it’s a really pretty silver.

Q: Is it a guy or a girl car?

A: Oh, it’s definitely a girl car.

Q: Why is it definitely a girl car?

A: Because I drive it! Because I don’t have any problems with it, therefore, it’s a girl car! <laughs>

Q: Where do you normally drive it?

A: Mostly city driving, New Haven, the gym, the supermarket, meetings. I park it the garage. Bob stays outside.

Q: Because his car doesn’t matter?

A: Doesn’t matter! I always get the garage. I always seem to have the newer car.

Q: Do you let anyone else ever drive your car?

A: Just Bob.

Q: Well, it’s nice that you trust him to.

A: Especially after he had two accidents in six months. But if one of my friends was here, and needed a car, I’d let him drive it.

Q: Let’s talk a little bit about the surroundings. This is obviously where you live?

A: I live on a culdesac, but it’s really pretty. The grounds are very pretty. It’s very quiet. It’s close to everything–close to 91, close to the Merrit, close to the town of Hamden. It’s only a five-minute drive to get to wherever I need to go.

Q: Anything you’d like to add about the car?

A: No, it’s really a comfortable driving car. I could drive that car and just keep driving and be very comfortable in it.

Photos and interview by Benjamin Shanbrom

Are you ready to Defend Your Ride? If so, email localautos@cbs.com with “Defend Your Ride CT” in the subject line for submission details.

View previous Defend Your Ride features as well as other great stories for people who love cars at CBSConnecticut.com/Autos

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