more accurately,YOU bought the wrong car for YOU.
Having the front-mounted motor drive the front wheels makes better use of
interior space,gives better traction(and steerable!) under winter
driving,and is more efficient.It eliminates a driveshaft and associated U-
joints and weighs less than a comparable RWD setup.
In my 86 Prelude SI(THAT is "superb handling"),I drove for 12hrs
straight,only stopping for gas,and felt like I could go another 5-6 hrs at
the end of my trip.
Orlando,FL - Hopkinsville,KY. Piece of cake.
My 94 Integra GS-R would have been the same.
I did not buy the Accord, this car was given to me.
Also, I know all of the advantages and disadvantages of RWD, FWD and
AWD. I am just a big fan of 50/50 weight distribution, and I don't have
much winter driving to consider in central Texas.
It is indeed more efficient, especially interior space-wise, but very
often it also usually makes for more difficult repairs because of
everything engine and drive-line related being crammed in front.
My main RWD preference is while driving, though. Having the power go the
the rear wheels just feels better to me.
I did Texas to North Carolina and back twice in a 1996 Miata. Not too bad.
My '91 Integra used to be great for 10-hour drives. Now my butt and right
knee get sore after just three hours, and I need to do the tag-team thing
with my buns (probably too much information there, sorry). I'm not sure if
that's due to the /seat/ being 19-years-old, or /me/ being 19-years-older.
A brand-new driver's seat is $400. Considering the amount of time I spend
in the 'Teg, it might not be such a bad expenditure.
My best long-distance car was a 1990 Ford Thunderbird SC. As long as the
car made it to the destination without breaking the transmission, it was
a great ride.
That car was "Found On Road Dead" a good many times in less than 2 years.
The main reason it was comfortable was the adjustable seats. Just
touching a button would make changes in the seat that made a lot of
difference when things got tired from being in one position for too long.
Now, I try to do the same general thing by moving a towel from place to
place, but there have also been no trips longer than three hours in a
The time I was pulled over and searched by the brain-dead highway patrol
in Alabama for doing 60 in a 55 zone with Texas plates was the last time
I drove long-distance.
It's not worth the trip to me when I have to deal with bubbas wearing
jackboots who find people guilty until proven innocent.
Wondered about the Prelude as far as comfort. They had a dark green one
on the showroom floor when we bought the Accord. I really liked it. Had
the first push button start I'd ever seen. Even then it was a snug fit
and I was a /few/ pounds lighter then.
My 86 Prelude SI drove like it was on rails,but IMO,underpowered and the
brakes could have been stronger.Now,I'm not a big guy;5'7 at 160 (at that
time..)so YMMV as far as fitting into the car.
The Integra had a GREAT motor,plenty of power if you wanted to turn ovr 6K
RPMs(kinda noisy and noticable)and the brakes were good.
But it didn't handle like the 'Lude.
My '91 'Teg is sneaking up on 340,000. It's at about 339,500.
I honestly never dared to think that it might go this far. And judging from
its current behavior, oil usage, and emissions numbers, I'm thinking it
might, possibly, actually hit 400,000.
Having to explain a joke, ruins it. But I'll explain anyway.
"Invaluable" means "having value beyond measure", or "priceless". You can
define my comment as "ironic", or "tongue in cheek".
Tegger's School of Humor is now closed, never to re-open. Maybe.
Never underestimate the grimness of a Tegger. I'm so grim and dour you'd
think I was Scottish.
Hey, I have a Scottish joke...
Car salesman: This car will stop on a dime.
Scotsman: That was my dime. Give it back.
I think this is a variation of a Jew joke, but you're not allowed to tell
Jew jokes anymore.
Did you hear about the guy who asked his Jewish roommate if he could
The roommate's response: "Fourty dollars? What do you want to borrow
thirty dollars for? Do you know how much money twenty dollars is? And
even if I had the ten, which I don't..."
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