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DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Heidi At Boston Children’s Museum

January 23, 2012 3:00 AM

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“I think everyone assumes that I’m an old man.”

dyr boston DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Heidi At Boston Childrens Museum

“Cadillac’s a classic.”

The Ride
The Driver: Heidi
Car in Question: White 2000 Cadillac Deville DHS
Spotted at: Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Odometer: 89,731
Car’s Nickname: Moby Dick

THE DEFENSE

Q: Would you say your car is a sanctuary or a coffin?

A: Sanctuary. I love it. I fell in love with Cadillac when I rented a deep purple CTS for my friend’s birthday. I’d love to have a CTS, but I don’t have the wallet for it, so I got this car.

Q: Does your Cadillac have a nickname?

A: Its name is Moby Dick because it’s a great white whale.

Q: How does it do in the water?

A: It hydroplanes every once in a while.

Q: I’m guessing it wasn’t how it behaves in the rain that made you buy this car, so what was it?

A: The luxury of it. The look of it. The massaging seats? But they don’t work in the driver’s seat, so I can only use them when I’m in the passenger or backseat. If someone else is driving my car, I definitely take benefit in that feature.

Q: Are people usually surprised to see a small girl driving such a big car?

A: I think everyone assumes that I’m an old man, so it can be surprising to see me getting out of the car, a 24-year-old young lady.

Q: Can you tell me how tall you are?

A: Five feet.

Q: This is a pretty big car for someone five feet tall. Do you have to move the seat all the way up?

A: Yes, and it drives my boyfriend, and all the mechanics that I’ve brought it to, absolutely crazy, because when they have to get into my car, they can’t fit.

Q: Is it at the closest setting?

A: It is. I have the driver’s key, so when my key goes in, it automatically goes to my setting. So, if my boyfriend gets in and moves the seat back, then sits down and puts the key in, he gets squished between the steering wheel and the seat.

Q: Boston is kind of a crazy city to drive in. Do you have any scenarios where the Caddy has come in handy or held you back?

A: You have to be cautious, careful, and aggressive, all at the same time.

Q: Do people make room for the Caddy?

A: It depends. I’ve noticed, and actually, my dear friend noticed, that a lot of times, cars seem to sense that my car is going slower than it is. People pull out in front of me a lot more in this car, most likely because they think I’m an old man driving an old Cadillac. But other than that, it’s a good car for the city. It picks up quickly. It has a good engine. It moves a lot faster than a lot of other vehicles may, despite its size. In the winter, it’s a heavier vehicle, so I slip and slide a little bit less than some smaller cars.

Q: So you like the Cadillac enough that it is still your dream car?

A: I would definitely buy Cadillac again, despite the fact that every mechanic I’ve ever spoken to, tells me not to.

Q: Why do they tell you not to buy a Cadillac?

A: Because they’re a very difficult car to pay for parts, and to fix, and everything is more difficult to do in it.

Q: So then what makes this the car for you?

A: Cadillac’s a classic.

Photos and interview by Melissa Ostrow

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