Best car ever
Daily Driver Owned by jcalvarez

  • Bought the car 11 months old from Arnold Clark Honda in Kirkcaldy in Sept 2006, it was a Honda Fleet car. Used as my everyday car, covered 68K miles, mostly short trips during the week but there are some very long trips during the year, mainly to the Midlands and London. The first "problem" with the car happened in March 2014, a light bulb gave the ghost. Not many cars can run for 9 years without problems, so mine is a special one. Unfortunately on Jan 2015 had to splash cash for a new alternator, but still cheaper than buying a new car.

    Modifications & Optional Extras

    Metallic paint. No other optional extras.
    Mods: Interior LED conversion.

    Service History & Related Threads

    First 3 years serviced at Honda. The rest at North Road Garage in Kelty, a family owned garage. Full service history and receipts. New alternator and battery in February 2015, both genuine Honda parts.
    14/09/2016: 94K now. Replaced rear ABS sensors, were playing already for a couple of years, was lucky enough to pass MOT twice but this year decided enough is enough.
    19/09/2016: 98K, just passed MOT, no advisories. Front tyres moved to the rear, and new Michelin CrossClimate tyres fitted to the front.
    14/01/2017: Front head light (normal beam, passenger side) bulb died, replaced both with GE 448 H1 Megalight Ultra +90 Brighter Car Bulb.
  1. Same colour as my Civic Exec, 2004 model, I bought it for my Daughter at two year old with 18000 miles on the clock, it's now on 40000, miles never missed a beat, serviced once a year; and sailed through every MOT without a problem. the Civic 1.6 has been my car for the last 8, years. I'm like you in that respect; Why exchange a car that's reliable and comfortable, you know - like a well fitting pair of shoes. Hold on to her.
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    1. jcalvarez Avatar
      Thank you, you are right, I like my old shoes indeed, comfy and reliable. When I bought my car I had 2 candidates, the Civic 1.6 and the Accord. At the end I went for this one, but I liked the Civic, very smooth and deceptively spacious.
      jcalvarez, Thursday 29th Dec, 2016
  2. Update: 94K now. Replaced rear ABS sensors, were playing already for a couple of years, was lucky enough to pass MOT but this year decided enough is enough.

    One of the interior bulbs failed a week ago, so I decided to splash the cash (£18 total) and convert the interior to LED lights. It went OK. Used the following kit:

    Trim tools: 12x Professional Pry Tool Kit Set Interior Trim Panel Removal Tool for HONDA | eBay
    Feston 31 bulbs: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252499152545?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
    501 bulbs: 2x CANBUS ERROR FREE 8 SMD LED XENON HID PURE WHITE W5W T10 501 SIDE LIGHT BULBS

    The 501 leds were not of the highest quality, however they worked OK. I covered the PCB with lacquer to make them more resistant to weather, because I'm using them on the doors.
  3. Recently hit 90K, still going strong. With all scandals with diesel emissions I'm holding my cash (that I don't have) for the moment.
    1. Nels Avatar
      I don't blame you holding on to her. You've clearly looked after her so she'll be good to you.
      Nels, Friday 13th May, 2016
  4. Fully understand your attachment to her. My CN1 was about 11-12 months old when I bought her and 11 years old when I traded her in.
    Just goes to show what great cars they are.
  5. Good to see a Midnight Blue Accord.
    Please tell us more about her.
    1. jcalvarez Avatar
      Thank you. My trusted accord has been with me since it was 11 months old, the first owner was Honda Fleet. Is an utterly reliable car, the first serious problem happened this year, had to replace the alternator. Other than that I badly damaged the boot lid in a stupid parking, bought another one in ebay for £100 and replaced it myself, looks like new. In general is a great car, and I'm very reluctant to sell it.
      jcalvarez, Friday 27th Feb, 2015
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