General Signing off

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Julianp, Sunday 20th Apr, 2014.

  1. Julianp Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Time for me to move on, after nearly 2 years and 23,000 miles with my Type-S diesel. Buying the Accord was a sensible decision after many years of enjoying some powerful, but thirsty petrol-engined cars, and it did exactly what I expected: faultless reliability, good motorway cruiser, all the toys and 51 MPG to boot. But I really missed the performance of the cars I had in the past, the broader power range of a petrol engine and the sheer fun of driving them. And, before you ask, switching to a petrol-engined Type-S isn't an option in France, as it was never sold here, and the forthcoming Civic Type-R looks a bit too extreme and boy-racerish for me.
    I thought too about getting a sports car to run alongside the Accord, but that would mean finding another parking space (£35-40K to buy, or at least £200 a month to rent in the area of central Paris where I live) and I'm not sure I would make enough use of a second car. I rarely need the space of the Accord, so I've decided to go back to something sporting as my sole car and hang the cost of petrol! The Accord is still worth a decent amount to trade in, so I can make the switch without spending too much.
    Good luck with your Hondas and long live the forum!
    Julian.
     
  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Best of luck Julian do let us know what car you end up getting.
     
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  3. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Sad to see you leave, but all the best. :Hey:
     
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  4. Julianp Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thanks for your good wishes. CJ, I'm getting a car I've always wanted to own at some stage in my motoring career, it's a Porsche 911. Ten years old (it's a 996 Carrera 4 manual, for any specialists), but immaculate condition, only 38K miles, a full service history and one year's guarantee from Porsche. Due for collection on the 30th. Apologies to the German car-haters on this forum. Sayonara/Auf Wiedersehen.
     
  5. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Sorry to hear you're leaving us, but all the best nonetheless. I won't go commenting on your choice of car, but I know we all get that big performance itch that isn't readily available in Honda's European line-up, at the moment.
     
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  6. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    NSX will address that buddy, but the price will not be to everyone liking. can't wait for it to give the Germans a proper pasting at the ring!
     
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  7. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    True enough, but what we really need is a performance Saloon to properly compete with the high-end Audi/BMWs.
     
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  8. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    That won't happen unless Honda sell more of it bread and butter cars i.e it current three models available in the showroom. It's a catch 22 situation.
    Honda have the means to do it but the current sales figures are not there to support the extra investment to make high end cars.
     
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  9. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I completely agree with you mate, I just think they need to be giving more thought to the luxury saloon segment and realise it's their lack of marketing which killed the 8th Generation, not the car itself.
     
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  10. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    We will bring up the age old debate and this has been discussed to death before in multiple threads, the 8th Generation was purposely killed due to the recession and the increasing yen value. No point going there bud just bring back bad blood for HUK. Now the yen is more favourable to exports that should put things into prospective, however Honda will not take any new models to break even they need to see profits.

    Unless remarkably someone places a massive order for Honda cars in Spain,Portugal,France,Germany and other European countries Honda will not do anything.
     
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  11. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I understand the situation that brought it about mate, doesn't change the fact unless they make a move to strengthen Honda's position in the segment throughout Europe - they never will get that business back.
     
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  12. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    The exodus and loss of business has already begun mate , but Honda being Honda will reclaw that albeit slowly , they always have.
     
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    All the best Julian.Enjoy the Porsche:Drool:
    Au revoir
     
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  14. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Sorry got carried away with the other conversation , Enjoy your new speed machine post some pictures up of it when you get it.

    Going to be cheeky and ask "Are we going through a mid life power criss" or you just wanted this car and now the timing is right?