6th Generation (1997-2002) vehicle added by Phil P, Sunday 26th Oct, 2014
Phil P added a new Honda to the garage:
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Nice car and pleased to read your comments re the Dunlop Sport BluResponse tyyres. I'm planning to fit these to a set of wheels I have for my car.
Thank you all for your kind comments. I have a complete history of this car but I'll spare you the small details.
Seems it started life as a lease car to an Interior Furnishings company in April 1999. By October had done 12K, by March 2000 just over 20K, and by October 2000 36K. So 36K in 18 months I make it By July 2002 it had massed 53,107 miles, when it was sold into the market to its first happy owner. Some mileage that, but all Honda serviced.
First happy owner had it, cherished it even, for over 5 years, but had to sell it as was soon departing for a new life and job in the USA. I saw it parked just up the road and round the corner from me, poster in window saying urgent sale, emigrating, blah blah, £2000 ono. Two weeks later £1,800 ono. Bought it for £1,600 a week before he left. Had tax and MOT but took it to Honda anyway for a check up. Nothing needed doing, even with 103K miles now on the clock.
Why buy it? I was running a Toyota Space Cruiser at the time, which I really liked but was getting past its usability. My favourite car, that the Space Cruiser replaced, was a Triumph 2500, which eventually turned into rust. And my first car, shown in my Avatar, was lovingly hand-painted red by me in the hot summer of 1976. The Triumph and the red Austin, if eye squinted together, formed this car looking at me in the road and the buy me buy me signals just kept flashing before me. I bought it in January 2008
Since then nothing wrong. Only wear and repair items. Discs/pads all round, clutch, timing belt, tyres etc. It hasn't done anywhere near the mileage since. 125K on the clock now, so with me averaging 4K a year for six years. Still with me?
Duc: For years used Autoglym resin polish but a recent post on this forum (Harvey?) recommended Autoglym HD Wax. And so can I now I've used it. I also tried Autoglym Body Trim Restorer gel for the black plastic parts dulled in time with caked on polish etc. That made a huge improvement in looks as well, both inside and out
Blue Response tyres: not only do they feel safer, sound quieter and roll better than my old £35 each Camac's, they have cured what I thought was steering and suspension play at speed. Did 85mph today in utter smoothness and near silence and the steering wheel was solid as a rock.
I bought a new CR-V last year, the first ever new car I have owned. Previous cars have been at least 7, and nearer 10 years old and I was so pleased to have left that scenario behind. Except that when it came to a trade in I couldn't do it. This car was too nice, and felt like part of the family. I started a thread in this forum a while back entitled Mid-life crisis where I felt I needed something a little sportier, a little different, asking for advice, but colleagues here admitted they had the same urge but found nothing except for perhaps an S2000! I couldn't agree more at the time but the urge has gone. Now this car is as it should be its certainly sporty enough.
Smashing account of her history @Phil P. Really pleased you kept her. Remarkable that you have all that detail. As for the warning about, 'limited to 2000 characters', I thoroughly enjoyed every one! (Even the odd typo)
That's great account of the history of Red
Cheers Nels. Typo's fixed. I wonder if 176AD was a warm year too. I don't think dics is a swearword as written, but changed anyway
I quite liked the 176, but that's just me. As for that summer, I remember it well.
Love the history - thank you. I can also vouch for Autoglym, it is all I use (except poor boys deep black gloss). I used HD Wax and it is just stunning and lasts all the way through winter with no problems.
Nice history story there and car looks superb. My 6g also started life off as a lease car and was pampered for much of its early life! Like you I have pondered about changing cars but just can't go through it as too attached to it and its like a family member to me, it has everything i want in a car, so am gonna keep mine as long as I can and get a second car in the future to itch other scratches.
Just seen Red appear in the garage pictures above. Another MOT pass, with advisories for rusty brake pipes rear offside, and rusty rear anti roll bar and exhaust. Three months later notice brake fluid under the car. Rear offside brake pipe failure. Took it to my local garage...another £140. I am getting diminishing returns now; we have advisories on anti roll bar and exhaust, and with ageing power steering, suspension, radiator, air con, electrics, fuel system etc still to be renewed I can no longer see a reason to keep her going beyond another MOT. And looking at values on the net for 1999 1.8 Accords I could have purchased three others for what I have recently spent on Red.
I had a bout of mid life crisis a while back and decided I needed an open top car like a Mazda MX5 or Honda 2000. Luckily the MX5 was too small for me, and the Honda's too rare and expensive. Mid life crisis went away. Until last Friday. Local garage had a 2009 Mini Cooper Convertible for sale (not the S or JCW) but still a bit BMW (yecch) but also UK built, good, but (with a Peugeot engine - double yecch). Put a deposit down and will be collecting Thursday, much to the delight of my wife. It's a bit girly looking. She already has her Civic and I still run the CR-V. Trade in Value for Red.......£200. Better than We Buy Any Car.com but a travesty really. It has to go as I cannot run four cars. But it feels like loosing a member of the family and it still has my long departed loving dog's hairs in it. Boo hoo.
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