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Reasons why I've gotten rid of cars over the years
At the beginning of 2010, the Maxima I was previously driving decided it'd had enough.
So indeed one mechanic said that I should just trade the car in and get something more "reliable". Like the new honda insight. However there's part of me that won't ever buy a new car, always used, and the more heavily used the better. And the share of problems, The starter problem was particularly annoying. Imagine going out in the morning, and finding out the car wouldn't start. Then going back outside running and extension cord, to put a hairdryer under the hood and then starting it up 10 minutes later. It's hard to say exactly why this little trick worked. And it made me nervous that the car wouldn't start at all. So I hunted around for something else, then kinda on a whim traded it in, much to the dismay of my friends and family for something foolish - which well... was lighter and reminded me a lot of the prelude I had before.
'02 Acura RSX Type-S
So I got this car, and of course the same mechanic who told me to get rid of this car, saw the check engine light on, and said I should get rid of it. Sigh, luckily the catalytic converter was changed by the used car dealer who sold me the car, and that solved that. But the car had it's quirks, even when I bought it and I'm not sure I made a good purchase for $6000-ish. However the car did last me pretty reliably for 2+ years, although it definatley had personality.
Good things about it.
Light, 200hp/142lb-ft engine. VTEC cams kick in at 5800 rpm and the engine screams to a 8000rpm redline. Short ram intake makes it even louder. And a midpipe resonator deletion, made it buzzy. Although nobody would describe the engine as torquey. Took premium gas. Driving through a tunnel, sometimes I'd just roll down the windows and downshift two gears just to hear the echo. Although the sound and the speed was kinda spooky, if not nerve racking that I might wreak the car.The blue color was distinctive, and kinda sporty looking without being too flashy like red or yellow. I managed to get two speeding tickets in 12 months though after buying this car. But it was an old car, when I got it it had 128K miles on it, and I did have to put new tires, brakes (including a rear caliper) and for some reason even spent $250 fixing a hood that wouldn't open.
So the list of problems with this RSX-S
So sadly I gave away this car to a friend. I think he was happy to have anything at all to replace the truck which wouldn't go into reverse. and I heard that he was kinda really excited about it, such that the first day he owned it it got a pretty good cleaning all the way around. Sigh, good for him, but I'm really gonna miss the little sports car.
However I'm back driving a '97 Honda Accord. Still a stick shift. In better shape than the RSX, even though there's a bit of rust above the rear wheel. And well it's the same age as the nissan maxima which I got rid of. Considering I drove a '92 Accord, which was an automatic and then got stolen, so I went back to the maxima. Maybe it's fitting, that I'm rather sad about cars right now.
October 4, 2012