by Pete R
Mountain Green, UT
Mileage: 221,000 miles
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We got "The Honda" as a lease return in 1999. It already had 36000 miles. I'm not sure when it became "The Honda" but for the 8 years that we have owned it, that's what we call it.
We travel for our son's hockey team and this car has had so much gear and so many players in it that it's nearly impossible to count. The rear seat fold down armrest is perfect for holding hockey sticks.
The Honda is even perfect for transporting our beloved Akitas around. (They got in there on their own... no posing or prompting)
We have made some pretty memorable road trips through southern California, Arizona and even into Mexico when we were not going on some hockey trip.
The most memorable experience was when the car got "high centered" in a parking lot in 2003. The front end was about 18 - 24 inches below the center with the rear wheels dangling in the air another 18 - 24 inches up.
When the tow truck lifted the front end and pushed "The Honda" back up onto level ground, the only casualty seems to have been the black plastic ferring under the engine. There was not even a leak from underneath the car.
We have driven it some 100,000 miles since then and it has never missed a beat.
When we prepared to pass the Honda down to our son, we tried to have some spare keys made at the local hardware store. We were not aware of the safety features built into the original keys. So we spent about two weeks wondering why the Honda would not start sometimes.
We finally gave the Honda to our son when we purchased its replacement, a 2007 Civic Hybrid.
Now the only dilemma is how to differentiate the Honda from the Honda.
We look forward to driving the new Civic as far as we have the Accord.