I bought my first Honda, a '93 Accord, in 1995. It was a wonderful car
and served us faithfully for over a decade. It was the most reliable
car I have ever owned. In all those years, all I ever did was normal
maintenance. In the last couple of years of its life, the torque
converter lock-out began acting up. The dealer assured me it was
harmless and not worth fixing.
Soon after I got the car, I found this group. I have picked up much
useful information. Especially things like the importance of using
only Honda transmission fluid and the superior quality of Honda OEM
I remember reading Elle's adventures with rebuilding the front
suspension on her Honda. (I assume Elle was a her. She did not like
me, for some reason. Something about my sig line. I invited her to
filter me, which I assume she did.)
I also discovered Tegger's Honda and Accura FAQs. That was and remains
a great resource, with just about every thing one needs to know. (It
does not seem to have been updated recently. I hope everything is
The '93 came to an ignominious end due to an argument with a highway
concrete barrier. It has been replaced with a 2006 Accord. This new
car is comfortable and dependable. It has excessive road noise, but
that seems to be a trait of Hondas. (I expect it to last at least as
long as the '93, if not longer.) It is technologically superior to the
'93, but is just not finished as nicely, in my opinion. I like the
six-CD changer, the speakers and radio work and sound great, and all
the controls are nicely laid out. It is easy to perform minor service
I regret that in the last year or so, this group seems to be
dwindling. Of course, that is true across all of Usenet. The days of
Usenet are, I suspect, numbered. People are using the Internet in
different ways and specialty forums seem to be the way most people are
going. I participate in a couple of those forums related to interests
I have, but they lack the free-wheeling anarchistic charm of Usenet.
Still, that is the way things are. I hope I have made an occasional
contribution that somebody found useful. I have found much useful
information here, but it is time to move on.
Good bye and may God bless you all.
Elliot Richmond, Ph. D.
Adjunct Professor of Astronomy
Austin Community College
Itinerant astronomy teacher