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Here was a car with all-independent suspension, an electronic 4-speed auto or snicky 5-speed manual, excellent ergonomics, build quality and space utilization. But, man, the engines. Smooth, sounded good, didn't mind revving, got a nice power swell at 4000 RPM and pulled hard out to the redline instead of running out of breath and sounding like it was going to fly apart.
My carb'd '84 did 0-60 in 10 seconds, would go 80 all day while turning 3000 RPM and got around 30 MPG in mixed driving.
It was a revelation. There were waiting lists and you had to usually pay more than MSRP for them, but it was worth it. Mine was still running great in '99 when I traded it in but it had a bunch of old car issues I didn't want to deal with like bad A/C, leaky PS rack and a trunk I could never figure out where it was leaking from.
Hardly anything revved like this in the early '80s
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio
I hate you and I am deliriously happy for you.
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Compared to a British roadster, all Volkswagens are reliable!
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So I decide I gotta have one of these fancy Accords. I'm only 22 but I have a great job and can afford the hefty $8k sticker price for the full-zoot LX model. I'm driving a clean 280Z at the time that I wanted to trade in. Of course I get a ridiculous low-ball offer for it on first pass, beyond insulting, and they want $8800 for the Accord - a full 10% ADM, absolutely non-negotiable. If I don't want to pay it, somebody else will. So I walk over the lousy trade-in number and eventually get an acceptable offer a few days later, and come back and do the deal. Months later, my shiny new Accord finally arrives. It was all I expected it to be and then some, I loved that thing.
After about a year and a half I got T-boned on the way to work one morning, by an uninsured driver who ran a red light, and who spoke zero English. I was lucky to walk away from that accident. Amazingly the insurance company didn't total it, and it spent the next 4 months in the shop, mostly waiting on parts from Japan. When I finally got it back, the paint was horrendous, and of course it never drove the same. I wound up trading it in on this new thing that was coming out of Westmoreland PA, something VERY exciting - an '83 Rabbit GTI.
'16 Golf R 6MT
'08 Z4 M Coupé
'17 Kawasaki Versys 650
Last model Honda had this much luck selling for msrp was the 1999 Odyssey , many were dying to get they're hands on those minivans just to be dissapointed by the trans failing at 20k
CSB, when he bought the van, the ride it replaced was a 5-speed 4Runner.