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Old 11 Jun 2006, 07:32 pm
Chris B
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Default Which vehicle would you keep?

The short story is I need to put one of the Hondas up for sale, and I
am having a tough time determining which one must go.

I currently have a 2000 Accord EX V6 Coupe with 90,000 miles on it and
my wife's 1997 Civic EX Coupe with a 5 speed manual and 67,000 miles
on it. Both cars are completely paid for, so I have nothing to worry
about there.

The Civic just had its CV joints, windshield wiper motor, and driver's
side power window motor replaced. Other than that it runs like a
champ and gets me 30 MPG in the City and 37 MPG on the highway.

The Accord just had one of the computers replaced in it, and I have
concerns about the automatic transmission life if I keep it for
another 60,000 to 80,000 miles. Other than the computer issue that
caused my Check Engine light to stay on, this car has been
mechanically sound.

Well, this is getting longer than I expected, but the bottom line is
one of the Hondas must go to make room for the IMS Rampvan that I am
purchasing for my wife who became wheelchair bound as a result of
brain surgery in October 2005. She is finally coming home from the
hospital this week.

In a way, I want to keep the Civic because of the lower miles, and the
fact that a standard is generally easier to keep running than an
automatic. The great gas mileage is also a plus.

I also am leaning towards keeping the Accord because it is bigger and
more comfortable. I am concerned that I will get bit by the automatic
V6 bug after the recall runs out, thus costing me more than the car is
worth (when it does happen) to get the transmission replaced.

What does the group suggest?
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Old 11 Jun 2006, 07:58 pm
flobert
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Default Re: Which vehicle would you keep?

On Sun, 11 Jun 2006 18:32:53 -0500, Chris B <chris@somewhere.com>
wrote:

>The short story is I need to put one of the Hondas up for sale, and I
>am having a tough time determining which one must go.
>
>I currently have a 2000 Accord EX V6 Coupe with 90,000 miles on it and
>my wife's 1997 Civic EX Coupe with a 5 speed manual and 67,000 miles
>on it. Both cars are completely paid for, so I have nothing to worry
>about there.
>

<snipped details>
>
>What does the group suggest?


Dunno about he group, but i'd go for the civic. Its lower milage, a
manual, cheaper to run. If you want bigness and comfort, you have that
big rampvan.
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Old 11 Jun 2006, 09:39 pm
Elmo P. Shagnasty
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Default Re: Which vehicle would you keep?

In article <ba9p821t4pjb4a56ba7grrvb745m558dc1@4ax.com>,
Chris B <chris@somewhere.com> wrote:

> In a way, I want to keep the Civic because of the lower miles, and the
> fact that a standard is generally easier to keep running than an
> automatic. The great gas mileage is also a plus.
>
> I also am leaning towards keeping the Accord because it is bigger and
> more comfortable. I am concerned that I will get bit by the automatic
> V6 bug after the recall runs out, thus costing me more than the car is
> worth (when it does happen) to get the transmission replaced.
>
> What does the group suggest?


The Civic, for all the reasons you outline.

The transmission kills the Accord for me, period. Plus--you're getting
a "bigger and more comfortable" car with the van, right?

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Old 11 Jun 2006, 10:31 pm
Dave L
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Default Re: Which vehicle would you keep?

"Elmo P. Shagnasty" <elmop@nastydesigns.com> wrote in message
news:elmop-48A433.21395611062006@nntp1.usenetserver.com...
> In article <ba9p821t4pjb4a56ba7grrvb745m558dc1@4ax.com>,
> Chris B <chris@somewhere.com> wrote:
>
>> In a way, I want to keep the Civic because of the lower miles, and the
>> fact that a standard is generally easier to keep running than an
>> automatic. The great gas mileage is also a plus.
>>
>> I also am leaning towards keeping the Accord because it is bigger and
>> more comfortable. I am concerned that I will get bit by the automatic
>> V6 bug after the recall runs out, thus costing me more than the car is
>> worth (when it does happen) to get the transmission replaced.
>>
>> What does the group suggest?

>
> The Civic, for all the reasons you outline.
>
> The transmission kills the Accord for me, period. Plus--you're getting
> a "bigger and more comfortable" car with the van, right?


I'll agree with Elmo and flobert. You'll have the van for size and comfort
and the civic for economy and predicted reliability. It's also a manual (a
plus).

-Dave


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Old 11 Jun 2006, 10:49 pm
Chris B
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Default Re: Which vehicle would you keep?

On Sun, 11 Jun 2006 22:31:00 -0400, "Dave L"
<davelieuREMOVEME@yahoo.com> wrote:

>"Elmo P. Shagnasty" <elmop@nastydesigns.com> wrote in message
>news:elmop-48A433.21395611062006@nntp1.usenetserver.com...
>> In article <ba9p821t4pjb4a56ba7grrvb745m558dc1@4ax.com>,
>> Chris B <chris@somewhere.com> wrote:
>>
>>> In a way, I want to keep the Civic because of the lower miles, and the
>>> fact that a standard is generally easier to keep running than an
>>> automatic. The great gas mileage is also a plus.
>>>
>>> I also am leaning towards keeping the Accord because it is bigger and
>>> more comfortable. I am concerned that I will get bit by the automatic
>>> V6 bug after the recall runs out, thus costing me more than the car is
>>> worth (when it does happen) to get the transmission replaced.
>>>
>>> What does the group suggest?

>>
>> The Civic, for all the reasons you outline.
>>
>> The transmission kills the Accord for me, period. Plus--you're getting
>> a "bigger and more comfortable" car with the van, right?

>
>I'll agree with Elmo and flobert. You'll have the van for size and comfort
>and the civic for economy and predicted reliability. It's also a manual (a
>plus).
>
>-Dave
>


Thanks for the replies and putting things into perspective with the
big ass ramp van for a larger, more comfortable vehicle! Since the
Civic will become my daily driver, AND I get reimbursed for travel out
of town, I should make out pretty good with gas as high as it is.

My younger cousin took it from Louisiana to Florida this weekend, and
said he averaged 36 to 37 MPG on the highway cruising along at 70 to
80 MPH. Not bad for a car that is almost 10 years old!

Now for my last gripe. Honda needs to get off of their ass and make a
rampvan mobility vehicle. Up until a few years ago, all we had were
crappy American Full Sized Vans or Ford/Chrystler mini vans. Toyota
joined in a couple of years ago, but their wait for a Sienna rampvan
or Scion mobility vehicle is several months.
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Old 12 Jun 2006, 03:34 am
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Default Re: Which vehicle would you keep?

On Sun, 11 Jun 2006 21:49:56 -0500, Chris B <chris@somewhere.com>
wrote:

<snip>
>Now for my last gripe. Honda needs to get off of their ass and make a
>rampvan mobility vehicle. Up until a few years ago, all we had were
>crappy American Full Sized Vans or Ford/Chrystler mini vans. Toyota
>joined in a couple of years ago, but their wait for a Sienna rampvan
>or Scion mobility vehicle is several months.


3rd party comapnies are your friend. i take it then there's a demand
for them. an aquintance9new england honda tech) and I have talked
about an electric ridgeline, amongst other things

if, however, mobility vehicles are in such short supply, might be
something to look into (I'm a dab-hand with the old metalwork and DC)
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Old 12 Jun 2006, 01:29 pm
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On Mon, 12 Jun 2006 03:34:16 -0400, flobert <nomail@here.NOT> wrote:

>On Sun, 11 Jun 2006 21:49:56 -0500, Chris B <chris@somewhere.com>
>wrote:
>
><snip>
>>Now for my last gripe. Honda needs to get off of their ass and make a
>>rampvan mobility vehicle. Up until a few years ago, all we had were
>>crappy American Full Sized Vans or Ford/Chrystler mini vans. Toyota
>>joined in a couple of years ago, but their wait for a Sienna rampvan
>>or Scion mobility vehicle is several months.

>
>3rd party comapnies are your friend. i take it then there's a demand
>for them. an aquintance9new england honda tech) and I have talked
>about an electric ridgeline, amongst other things
>
>if, however, mobility vehicles are in such short supply, might be
>something to look into (I'm a dab-hand with the old metalwork and DC)


Actually, it is third party companies that make the mobility vehicles
BUT those third party companies are authorized by the automakers. From
what I could tell with my research in a vehicle for transporting my
wife around, Nissan and Honda mini vans had no parts available for
them. Going custom on one of those vans would end up costing way more
than a Braun Entervan or IMS Rampvan.
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Old 12 Jun 2006, 01:45 pm
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Default Re: Which vehicle would you keep?

I just sold my 2001 Accord EX-V6 with 152k on it and no problems.

G-Man


"Chris B" <chris@somewhere.com> wrote in message
news:ba9p821t4pjb4a56ba7grrvb745m558dc1@4ax.com...
> The short story is I need to put one of the Hondas up for sale, and I
> am having a tough time determining which one must go.
>
> I currently have a 2000 Accord EX V6 Coupe with 90,000 miles on it and
> my wife's 1997 Civic EX Coupe with a 5 speed manual and 67,000 miles
> on it. Both cars are completely paid for, so I have nothing to worry
> about there.
>
> The Civic just had its CV joints, windshield wiper motor, and driver's
> side power window motor replaced. Other than that it runs like a
> champ and gets me 30 MPG in the City and 37 MPG on the highway.
>
> The Accord just had one of the computers replaced in it, and I have
> concerns about the automatic transmission life if I keep it for
> another 60,000 to 80,000 miles. Other than the computer issue that
> caused my Check Engine light to stay on, this car has been
> mechanically sound.
>
> Well, this is getting longer than I expected, but the bottom line is
> one of the Hondas must go to make room for the IMS Rampvan that I am
> purchasing for my wife who became wheelchair bound as a result of
> brain surgery in October 2005. She is finally coming home from the
> hospital this week.
>
> In a way, I want to keep the Civic because of the lower miles, and the
> fact that a standard is generally easier to keep running than an
> automatic. The great gas mileage is also a plus.
>
> I also am leaning towards keeping the Accord because it is bigger and
> more comfortable. I am concerned that I will get bit by the automatic
> V6 bug after the recall runs out, thus costing me more than the car is
> worth (when it does happen) to get the transmission replaced.
>
> What does the group suggest?



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Old 12 Jun 2006, 09:49 pm
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Chris B wrote:
> The short story is I need to put one of the Hondas up for sale, and I
> am having a tough time determining which one must go.
>


Dunno about the group but I'd consider selling both a getting a new
Civic sedan with manual transmission.

Of the two on your list, I'd keep the Accord.

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