Just when I was getting used to my wayward car the snow and ice came. It made divorce inevitable. Today I am swapping it for a 4×4 in the hope that that might work in these Arctic conditions. With any luck such a move might also bring the micro Ice Age to an end. It is reassuring to remember that it is just cold weather, after all, and not climate.
It was one cold night when there was slush on the main road that I decided I had had enough. I had been driving the car as well as it would let me in difficult conditions. I held back before any incline so we could get a bit of a run at it. I kept trying to get it to change up, but of course the car knew best and wanted to stay in a low gear because the speed was low. I tried to find any bit of wet tarmac that might give it some grip. We came to a long gentle hill. Momentum needed renewing to keep the car going. Instead the accelerator refused to give power to the wheels thanks to the traction control, and the gear box refused to take the higher gear. The car shuddered to a halt half way up a slushy main road. It would not budge forwards. All I could do was roll it a little backwards and sideways into the snow drifts on the side of the road and leave it for the night.
It took two attempts the next day to dig it out and to get it to work. The following days have either seen me operating the car from as near to home as I can get it, or not using it at all. It doesn’t take much slush, let alone ice on the road for it to slip or slow to a halt.
I feel a great sense of relief after months of fighting the gear box and the map displays, with the car always having a different view to me on which gear it needs and what picture to show. The replacement will not be as good looking. So let’s hope it works. It was made in the UK. It should be much more economical on fuel because it is a diesel.