Wednesday, April 23, 2008

rice rockets

My brother bought a car yesterday, from a good friend of mine.



It's a 9-year-old Honda Accord, which is by definition a better car than mine. Since I have a 9-year-old Honda Civic. A pic of my car, from when I was robbed a few years ago:



Perhaps we will get our cars serviced together this weekend.

Tom: "I'm going to put a big ol' racing stripe along the side!"

14 comments:

metal said...

With gas at $4 a gallon, its kind of hard to lose with a civic.

I think humility is one of the more underrated traits of a person. I mean I see the exact opposite all the time, someone driving by in a huge escalade bumping their rap music with their spinning rims, and everytime I see them I think to myself, they probably dont have a dime else to their name. Accords and civics are fine. I lean towards the civic more now thanks to gas prices.

filling up for 20 bucks was nice.

Karthik said...

But metal, the amount you pay for a fill-up is only dependent on the size of your gas tank. I can only assume that with a 5 gallon tank, you either drive very infrequently or fill up many times a week.

My car has a 21 gallon tank but gets 31MPG. An $80 fillup, but very infrequently.

spirogyra said...

Both are much better than the '94 Ford Aspire/Expire I currently drive. It's an angry red lawn mower with tinted windows, sans A/C. Sigh. Still, have not had a car payment since '97, and the gas mileage is decent. I will probably drive it until the wheels fall off.

ArC said...

I know Tom says he doesn't read your blog, but he might as well go all out and get a dragon vinyl on the side of his car.

And a spoiler. And cut the shocks. And a carbon-fiber hood. And a new exhaust pipe (gain 5% horsepower!). And rims. Did I leave anything out?

(I'm only 50% kidding about the dragon vinyl.)

Anonymous said...

what is the deal with googler driving economical cars ?

i would go against the trend and rebel again the fellow googlers and drive a mercedes that you so well deserved and of course can afford.

Reza Behforooz said...

That's a nice looking Accord ;)

prolificprogrammer.com said...

My first car out of university was a BMW, which was soon replaced by a Saab. These were both in Europe. When I moved here, I got a good deal on a 2-year old Accord, 17,000 miles, and am still driving it. No problems whatever. Reliability is king, in my opinion. I really don't understand the need to have a huge SUV for city driving. I mean, sure if you're on a ranch and need it -- but this isn't the jungle, urban or otherwise. You simply don't need a monstrocity to drive on 101 every day.

John K. Lin said...

I drove my Toyota Camry for 13 years and 237k miles before upgrading!

snowball said...

Since we're comparing stories... I'm driving a 17 year old Acura Legend, and it's still going strong!

I can't believe that I'm driving a car that is more than half of my age.

Pat said...

What you should do is get the most economical car you can, then install the biggest petrol tank you can find. Should work out quite well, that or keep a large tank at home, since prices keep going up the long run you end up winning.

Anonymous said...

I'm just souping up my Honda, playing this in the background and preparing......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IV9an1EE9M

Anonymous said...

I feel much better. my first car out of graduate school is Civic, my wife's first car after graduate school is Accord, both have mileage arund 130K, Accord never had any problem. Civic did have some problem but warranty covers it.

this morning I just spent $800 on the Civic, will drive it for a while

Anonymous said...

I drove a 85 Tercel for 10 years(through HS,college, and grad school), and a 92 Accord for 10 years out of grad school. My 3rd car is a 01 BMW 5-series, as my Accord was T-boned by a red-light runner(very scary), so I needed some German steel around myself and my family.:-)

Anonymous said...

Because there are so many Asian drivers out there I will keep my Expedition.

Safe and sane.

It has 274,000 miles and still runs perfect...

Be American Buy American..