I drive a 1996 Honda Accord and generally I love it. I got it used with 64,000 miles on it in June 2003 and have put 100,000 miles on it since then. It has certainly needed it’s fair share of repairs since I bought it, although nothing out of the ordinary and certainly a lot less than many of the older cars I’ve driven in the past. Nonetheless, sometimes I feel that the car gods are conspiring against me… last week I had to replace the radiator, not a cheap item. I was thankful to have caught it before heading on a 1200 mile road trip however, so I really can’t complain. As we pulled into Cora’s driveway after said roadtrip, the brakes made a grinding noise. Uh oh. I just got the call from the mechanic- front brakes, rotars, pads, everything need to be replaced immediately. Another expensive fix. And in the next couple months, I should also replace the rear brake calipers (not the cheap stuff, the expensive stuff). And let’s not forget I recently bought 2 new tires and know that probably before winter, I should also replace the other two tires. Grrrr. Cars are just way too expensive. That’s my rant.
To compensate for breaking my rules about whining on the blog, here are the things I’m thankful for:
-A generally reliable car
-No car payments anymore, just repairs
-I do love my car
-Honda Accords run forever and my mechanic keeps predicting getting another 50,000 miles on this car easily (after all the repairs obviously)
-that none of these repairs have been discovered on the side of a remote highway
To sum up: Cars are a pain, but a necessary one (for me anyway).