If you look at my car history, I’ve always been one to favor the more, ummm… unique choice. I bought cars that were not what the “typical” teen or 20-something would be interested in buying. And I liked that. I liked being, a bit different. However, that uniqueness usually meant sacrificing reliability, parts availability, and a whole host of other issues that lead me to where I am now.
As I complained of inexplicable starting issues and mounting repair costs, in the weeks leading up to selling my beloved Lincoln Mark VIII, I had at least 5 different people ask me “Why don’t you just buy a Honda?” (Both car enthusiasts and non-car enthusiasts alike)
Hahahahahaha!! I laughed! I balked! There’s no way I’m buying a “me too” car. I stubbornly insisted on looking at anything and everything - that didn’t have a Honda badge. Meanwhile, after weeks of not having reliable transportation, I started to get a bit desperate. It’s too cold to be walking between destinations and train stations. Taxis are too expensive. I hate buses. This… just… isn’t… working.
I finally found an awesome 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero, with a 5-speed. I was all set to take the car on a test drive, but at the last minute, the seller flaked out. Maybe that was a sign. A sign, that I should stop looking at “weird and wonderful” cars, and look for something more sensible, and reliable. It didn’t make sense to trade one car with unexplained ignition issues for another car with well-known ignition issues. At least that’s what I told myself. I still *really *want an Aero. Maybe someday.
Since the seller disappeared on my only free day, I was determined to look at a car, ANY car. Preferably with a manual gearbox that was in decent shape and at least as quick as my Mark VIII was. Enter: the 2006 Honda Accord Coupe you will see below. I took it for a test drive and, my goodness! What a revelation! It drove beautifully, and I was almost completely sold. I liked it enough to leave a (refundable) deposit, but still wanted to see what else was out there. Nothing. And the more I did research on the J30A5 and read up on just how quick these cars are, even with minor modifications, the decision was obvious. MUST BUY! So I did… and took delivery today.
…(stay tuned for driving impressions and a full review)…