25th Jul 2013, 17:22
Thank you for the reply. The car does not have ABS or air bags, the ABS was only in the higher trim levels and air bags didn't come until the 1992 refresh. I was fortunate to even get the LX; they were initially trying to put me in a DX.
I really liked the 92-93 models when they came out, but my car was still new and I was in no position to trade and buy new cars every 2-3 years.
I didn't really start thinking about a new one until the 1998 models were introduced... I fell in love with the San Marino red coupes! It was actually a service adviser at the Honda dealer who told me to keep my 1990, as he felt that they were much better made and assured me that it had plenty of life left in it (it was 8 years old at this point). Looking back on it, I am so glad I listened to him after reading and hearing about all of the transmission and other problems that supposedly plagued these cars... somehow he knew something the rest of us didn't.
I admit that I am missing out on a lot of new safety features and technology... but I have a proven vehicle that I have 23 years of memories in. If it were to get totaled or become unreliable (failing to start, leaving me stranded, etc.) I do have the means to buy a new car. It is bound to happen eventually (and may be sooner than later now that the S light has me a bit concerned) but for now, as long as she is running like a champ, I can't justify spending that kind of money for a new one just yet... but believe me, the itch IS there.
Also, keep in mind that I have kept the appearance up (both inside and out) on this car over the years, it is still very much presentable... not an old clunker by any means.
4th Aug 2013, 02:34
You're welcome. If you're as disciplined as you sound, I'm sure it still looks good. If you want to keep it, go for it. I've had THREE American cars, all used, in the time you've had that Honda... I give up, my next car I'm buying is going to be a Honda, since I'd like to get 20 years out of a car without putting my mechanic's kids through college. If you do replace it, don't buy American; you'll be lucky to get 100K out of it without 5 grand in repairs.
18th Nov 2013, 21:17
Well the time has come, the transmission is finally giving out. So, I have purchased a new vehicle... and you may be surprised by my choice, but I did my homework. I drove home in a 2013 Kia Optima LX a few days ago. I will write an initial review on it shortly, as well as the reasons why I chose this model. The big question may be if I traded in or sold my beloved 90 Accord? The answer is not a chance! They could never give me what that car is worth to me. I am having a new transmission installed and keeping it as a second car.