|I recently got to thinking about the Hondas I've owned and how the cars
| have changed over the years. When I bought my first one, Hondas had a
| well-earned reputation for high reliability and economy coupled with
| innovative engineering. I still have trouble believing that a top-of-
| the-line Civic is now a $20K+ car - it wasn't that long ago that
| loaded Accords barely breached that price.
| Hondas I've owned:
| 82 Prelude, bought in late 1986 to replace a '76 Plymouth Duster whose
| frame had cracked. I'd gone to a few dealers hoping to find a clean
| Civic 1500 S, but there were none to be had, and a salesman convinced
| to test-drive a Prelude instead. An uninsured driver drove right
| a red light in 1990, and I t-boned him at about 30mph, totaling my car
| less than a month after I'd had the engine completely rebuilt.
| 83 Accord sedan - bought for $400 in 1992 when I was short of cash but
| also needed a beater for the times when my usual two-wheeled transport
| (another Honda, a CB750F) wouldn't suffice. The engine wouldn't rev
| above 3000rpm without starting to stutter and then die completely. It
| was fine on city streets, but was unsafe to drive on the freeway.
| it for about six months as it was and sold it for what I paid for it.
| 80 Accord sedan - bought in 1993 for $500 for my wife, as a short-term
| replacement for her VW Rabbit that was totaled by yet another
| running uninsured driver. I wish I still had this car - it was in that
| distinctive shade of light metallic green that was a popular factory
| paint color with Hondas then.
| 86 Accord LXi hatchback - bought in early 1995 for my wife. Owned
| 2003 with the only major problem being a broken (5-speed manual)
| transmission that required replacement with a rebuilt one. Still ran
| well when we sold it, but the AC had quit working a couple of years
| previously, and as it was 17 years old she decided she'd rather have a
| newer vehicle with fewer maintenance issues.
| 90 CRX Si - bought in 1993 with roughly 20K miles on it. Still my
| driver, with just over 126K miles now. Like the 86 Accord, at nearly
| it's started to have an increasing number of age-related problems that
| I'm either going to have to address soon or decide to buy a new car
| (probable suspension rebuild, AC quit working a year ago, a couple of
| patches of rust on the A-pillar and sunroof, some original rubber
| decaying, and other cosmetic issues). My favorite out of all the
| I've had.
| 99 Accord EX V6 sedan - bought in 2003 as a replacement for our 86
| Accord. Just recently passed 90K miles, and hope to continue driving
| for many more years (keeping my fingers crossed on the well-known
| transmission issues). Plenty of room, very comfortable in the European
| sense (stiffer suspension than many other Japanese or American
| more than adequate power for almost every situation.
| Hondas I'd like to own: I'd really like to keep the CRX and completely
| rebuild it into a serious weekend hot rod (suspension and braking
| upgrades and an engine swap for a tuned, naturally-aspirated B-series
| motor in the 250HP range). Replacing it for a daily driver would be a
| new Fit Sport (the true successor to the older-generation Civics), but
| don't see that happening until the supply increases enough to where
| they're commonplace on dealer lots and better deals are being made.
| I'd also like to restore a 1st- or 2nd-gen Civic. These used to be
| plentiful, but now you hardly ever see one on the street. And every
| I sit in an S2000, I want one, but then reality sets in after I
| the price tag. Beautiful cars, but like the new Civics, I always start
| thinking of what else I could get for the same amount of money or
| So, how many Hondas have you owned, and which ones would you like to
My first Honda was a Lime Green 1975 Honda Civic. It was the four speed
and it got 30 mpg in town and on the highway. No air conditioning, but
the ventilation was pretty good. No problem in California, but pretty
sweaty in Key West Florida.
My second Honda was a 1984 Accord. I had ordered a 1983 and was on the
waiting list (sound familiar?) when the dealer said I could have a 1984
for the same price as the 1983.
My third Honda would be a Honda Fit if it wasn't for the short supply.