These Are the Best Automotive Gifts You've Ever Received

These Are the Best Automotive Gifts You've Ever Received

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My (now-late) parents knew that my 19 year-old 1991 Mazda Navajo LX (basically the sh@tty Ford Explorer Sport) was in a state of slow mechanical decay. I wasn’t a kid, I had university and doctoral degrees, but I wasn’t thriving financially and had been laid-off during the Great Recession. It was 201o and they “sold” me their 1997 Infiniti I30t for $1 (plus airfare from Burbank to Las Vegas where they lived. I insisted on it being a sale due to some personal income issues and wanted to make sure the transfer and ownership was 100% Kosher.

It was, for me, real luxury: leather upholstery, power seats/etc., functional A/C (fergawdsakes, I was living in Glendale, CA, nearly as hot as Vegas in the summer), CD player (truly an upgrade from cassette tapes), about 80,000 fewer miles, more power, more fun to drive, better handling (duh) and better mileage (double duh). Sure, it didn’t have 4WD and a big cargo area but I wasn’t living in Nor. Cal. anymore and didn’t have a dog (sigh). Anyways, it’s the best automotive gift I ever received.

Having never seen a Mazda Navajo before, at least knowingly, I have to say: This goes hard. I love this little truck. I’m shopping for these now, and I hate you for having done this to me.

Submitted by: NotLewisHamilton