Well, I had been mentioning (mumbling) about a long coming replacement for my wife's 1995 Honda Accord EX we bought 3 years ago. We only paid $2600 for it, and it ended up being a "small" money pit. We probably put at least what we paid for it back into it. Well, wife and I decided we needed a slightly larger, newer, and safer vehicle. We luckily have a buyer for the old Accord, which we agreed to sell to him for $2500. He is a co-worker of my wife's and was looking for a beater/daily driver to keep him from driving his 2 diesel trucks to and from work. They have horses, so the trucks are legitimate.
She was very much against anything without a gearbox, and a manual one at that. That cancelled out every hybrid on the market for now, but we happened to be perusing craigslist one night and happened upon what would end up in our driveway about 48 hours later.
We drove to a dealer in Jacksonville to check it out, and aside from cosmetic blemishes, it was a gem!
So, we welcomed our 2006 Honda Accord LX Special Edition to our home for a mere $8000 cash off the lot.
It has the 2.4L I4 with the 5-speed manual transmission, now just over 104,000 miles. It came with 4 matching tires (Triangle Talon Sport 205/60R16) which I already hate, but they will be worn down and replaced with more appropriate tires when the time comes.
The fronts are new, the rears are half worn. There is a slight pull to the right, which I am *hoping* is alignment related, but may be an nonadjustable caster issue, which may be matched to the wheel with some nice curb rash. Maybe a slightly bent control arm. More digging will be needed. Otherwise, the car has been on a lift and fully inspected. A couple of body panels have been replaced, but no frame work has been done, and all components are factory with untouched bolts, so that was a relief. All airbags are also original (dash fade confirms).
The interior is mostly clean. Previous owner had white/silver dog for sure, and has smoked in the car at some point because of the obvious small burn marks on the door fabric and one on the headliner. It also has the dreaded dead radio backlight issue very common with the 03-07 model year Accords. The back light goes out due to a specific resistor, located right up against the radio heat sink, that overheats and fails. Way to go, Alpine...
. There are posts on the DriveAccord forum that detail the repair, which will be done at some point this summer. Was also worth talking the dealer down on price (Now I have to buy a $400 radio on ebay!!!!
). Car runs like a top, but I fear basic maintenance has been neglected, so I am in the process of changing ALL fluids out. New rear brake rotors were needed, so new pads were installed as well, not to mention $20 cheaper thanks to the Wagner Thermoquiet pads rebate. Next to be done will definitely be tinted windows! It is also due for spark plugs, which will be done eventually.
This will be a general update thread for the car, including any work done to it (or with it
). Glad to have it! It will be mostly her daily driver, but will also be our family trip car, as it is slightly larger, and just as capable as my Spectra. I will also have to find a way to install and hide the Scangauge for when I want to use it and so it is calibrated. She does not want to see it and "be distracted" by it while driving. I will not fight her on this. But it will be on the dash when I am driving it. It has not yet been installed.