I submitted a question last year about which SUV/CUV we should buy to replace my wife’s 2005 Odyssey. I admit that I may have embellished my description of some of her thoughts and feedback during that process when I submitted my question the last time–mostly in the spirit of satire. Well, some of the B&B didn’t catch on to that and they ended up flaming her pretty badly. I was so excited to see your response that I showed the post to her before reading through the comments. She’s more thorough than me and did continue on into the comments.
To make a long story short, it wasn’t pretty for me.
Fortunately, we’re still married and we replaced the Ody with a 2013 Highlander Limited, initially Steve Lang’s suggestion, and seconded by several commenters. She’s had it now since March and is generally pretty happy with it.
Since my experience went so well the last time (/sarcasm), I thought I’d submit another one related to my 2001 Honda Accord EX 4 cyl. with 122,000 miles.
I can’t really say anything bad about it. Sure, it’s on its 3rd transmission, but two of those failures were within months of each other, and since the last one was put in about 7-8 years ago, I’ve not had any problems. It’s in fine shape cosmetically with no rust, though the alloy wheels are starting to get a bit rough. At my last oil change, my mechanic said everything looks really good underneath and in the engine compartment and he expects it will live a long time. The inside is clean, though some of the rubberized plastic on the center console is getting a bit sticky due to UV exposure. Basically, nothing is wrong with it, and I don’t expect any expensive repairs any time soon. The only other part that’s needed replacement was the timing belt at 100K.
I use the car mainly as a commuter (13 miles one-way on country back roads through the corn fields) and errand runner around town. It might take 1-2 longer trips per year (< 400 miles), but that’s rare. It gets driven much less in the summer since I bought a motorcycle for getting back and forth to work.
Obviously, I don’t need to replace the car for any reason, other than I’ve been driving it for 12 years and am in the mood for a change. I saw the new Accord, and really liked the looks of it. That got me thinking about new cars in general. I don’t honestly know what I would replace it with. Lots of vehicles on the wish list (Ram 1500, Mustang GT, Mazda 6, Honda Accord, Chrysler 300 V-8, Jeep Grand Cherokee), but that’s not really at the heart of this question. It’s more about whether I should keep it or move on.
I’m generally a keeper (obviously), and find pleasure in not wasting, whether it’s money, energy, time, etc. There’s something I enjoy about hanging on to something that has plenty of life left in it. As long as the thing doesn’t look like a complete hooptie, I enjoy it. My 9 year-old son is also quite fond of the car and has informed me that he wants it when he turns 16. Also, considering the way in which I use, it, there’s really no need for another vehicle (though there are plenty of days I dream about how easy that home project would be with a pick-up).
On the other hand…
It seems like cars have come so far in the last 12 years, and I wouldn’t mind enjoying some of the comfort and convenience features that can now be had. I really am a bit of gear head at heart, and I do tire of constantly reading about (and lusting after) new cars, but doing nothing about it. As much as I enjoy being a keeper, there is part of me that says “to heck with it, just get that rear-drive car with the manual transmission and V8 that you’ve always wanted!”
Sajeev, I’m conflicted. What is a man to do?
P.S. I’m pretty sure a panther will not scratch that itch…sorry.
Pro Tip: consider a heavily depreciated Ford Econoline conversion van instead of Panther Love if you put words in your wife’s mouth again…cuz you’ll be sleepin’ in the street, son!
I don’t recall my previous suggestions, it’s impossible to Google considering the number of cringe-worthy instances when a reader gives an incorrect elaboration on/assumption of the needs of one’s spouse. (Never mind, the B&B found it, thanks!) And, with your marriage in mind, I can’t tell you to repress/take action on your lust for a newer, more tech savvy, more exciting machine. Because your Accord sounds like a peach and we got bigger problems in life.
I consider you to be a lucky man to be in such a position. My advice?
- Test Drive any car you might possibly want, within the confines of your budget and future expenses. You know, things like the kid’s college tuition, a new roof, divorce lawyer, etc.
- Rent something with all the toys/gadgets for a week.
- Ask your wife and do whatever she says.
- Get an Executive Decision Maker and run with it.