Christine, Bumblee and Dracourage?!?

You’re familiar with the Stephen King story Christine, with a possessed car?

You’re familiar with the Transformers car Bumblebee, which depending on your fandom is either a yellow Volkswagen Beetle or a yellow Chevrolet Camaro – both of whom are sentient beings?

Well, apparently over the last few days my 2013 Chevrolet Cruze “Dracourage” may have developed sentience.

Let me explain.

The other day, I’m driving home, and I’m listening to something on the radio.  Then the radio shuts off.  And it goes back on.  And it shots off again.

Both my hands are on the steering wheel.

This is creepy.

A few miles later, the car radio starts flashing on and off … and the instrument panel also flashes on and off.

Okay, now I’m freaked.

What, you want to see what I’m talking about?

Watch this.  And mind you, I was parked when this happened.

What to do, what to do…

A quick call to DePaula Chevrolet.  They said to bring the car over.

Now readers, let me explain something very important.  If you ever get a GM certified pre-owned car from a certified GM dealership, make sure that the vehicle service contract that they offer means that your car will be repaired and covered by the shop.  Don’t get an aftermarket vehicle service contract that wouldn’t even cover an air freshener replacement.

Drove to DePaula Chevrolet and dropped off the car.

An hour later, I received a phone call.  “Mr. Miller, we found the issue.  You have a factory-recall issue involving one of your battery cables.  This is a known GM issue for this car, and will be fixed immediately and at no charge to you.”


“But we did notice that your cabin filters in the car really need to be replaced, those are NOT covered under your vehicle service contract, would you like us to replace them for you?

Sour.  Oh well, at least I’ll have fresh air in the car and I won’t have to worry about my car thinking that I don’t want to listen to NPR or MSNBC or the 70’s on 7 SiriusXM channel.

A couple of hours later, DePaula Chevrolet called me again.  “Your car’s all set for pickup, Mr. Miller, and after we took care of the battery cable issue, you received a complimentary exterior car wash.”


I guess the moral of the story here is … always take care of your car, keep your fluids and belts replaced at normal times and within manufacturers’ recommended specifications, and your car will take you everywhere.

Except Hawaii.  You’ll need to ship that car to Hawaii, there’s no highway built yet that will get you there.