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07/18/12 - Richard wrote: My Mobile Office: 2005 Acura TL 250,000 miles as of July 18th 2012. This Acura TL was purchased new in the summer of 2005. I use this car for work as a mobile office and it has been the best car I have ever owned in my life. I support the Northern California Region from the LA Grapevine to the Northern Border of California and Northern Nevada. My average yearly quarterly mileage is 10-14k. So we drive on all types of road environments.

The first two years of the cars life sat covered in airports mostly and after that itís been a full time office every day. I burn one to two tanks of 76 premium fuel in this vehicle every day. No other fuel has been in the car. Every oil service is completed in a timely manner and I havenít changed the brand of oil from day one. Twice a year I service the Transmission, Cooling system and various other parts of the car. The car has had two major services (water pump and timing belt) done by Acura on both 100,000 mile mark. Itís on the original Motor and Transmission and I havenít had any major problems with the car. The only parts I changed was the breaking system. Due to the high speeds of daily travels on the freeways I need the emergency breaking power sometimes to avoid the idiots on the roads.

So I did upgrade her with the highest performance racing breaking parts which cost a little over a grand, this was well worth the price. I Also integrated a radar/laser detection system in the vehicle. A Uniden Bearcat digital scanner was installed professionally with a hidden scanner antenna. All Highway patrol air and ground frequencies have been programmed for easier detection.

Problems:

OEM Rotors warp often. I had to upgrade to end the hassle of bi yearly break work
Recommended Michelin tires donít help the car handle very well. The front end slides out on any abrupt maneuver.
I recommend a high end ZR ratted tire. Iíve ran Toyoís, Bridgestoneís, Goodyearís etcĀ Toyoís suck Iíve had the tread separate after 35k miles
Bluetooth doesnít sync very well with the newer Cell phones

Even with the minor problems Iíve had, this car will never have a second owner.



07/18/12 - Alberto wrote: I have a 1998 Acura CL 5 speed standard with more than 250,000 miles.


07/9/12 - Wesley wrote: I have a 2004 Acura TL, stock model with ground kit and spoiler, she has 304,551 miles. The only dissapointing thing I have to report is that the leather seats are shredded due to some poor care and simple age and wear. I hope I can report a day when she crosses the million mile mark, but for now, I will keep riding my Honda VTX 1300 which now has 33K on it. Loving the Honda brands!


07/7/12 - Jamie wrote: I have a 2004 Honda Civic EX which I bought new in September of that year. This week my baby hit 213,000 miles. It's only broken down once, and that was when the alternator failed. The car runs beautifully and gets 35+mpg overall. And the topper... my car is still running with the original factory-installed brake pads (no squeaking, squealing or shuddering when brakes are applied). Anyone know if that's a record?


06/27/12 - Nancy wrote: I have a 2002 Honda Accord exl, I drive it 120 miles a day get 28/29 mpg highway driving. It now has 215,000 miles on it and still drives like new. I take good care of it and will drive it into retirement. Never has had any major problems.


06/22/12 - Jon wrote: I have a 1996 Honda Accord, purchased it used 12 years ago with 48,000 miles. It now has 343,300 and counting. She's a bit banged up but still runs like a champ. Original engine and clutch. Absolutely love it! My goal is to get the ol' bitty to 400K. It'll be a sad sad day when we part ways eventually.


06/22/12 - Joseph wrote: I'm the proud owner of a 1989 Honda Civic DX. I'm the 2nd owner and it recently turned over the 300K mile mark. I went for my inspection sticker and the technician said that the car passed with flying colors. He told me "See you next year". Regular oil changes and TLC keep my baby running great. I get offers everyday from potential buyers but its too valuable to sell. I'm always looking for interior and body parts.


06/19/12 - Wayne wrote: I have a 89 Honda Civic LX with 253,500 miles. Purchased used in 2005 w/179,000. Still get about 30 - 35 miles per. Change oil every 3 to 5K. Pwr Steering belt just broke yesterday. I have replaced starter this year and AC compresser last year. Distributor went a few years ago and did timing belt and water pump at 229,000 miles. I hope to keep it going a few more years. It is a pleasure to drive.


06/12/12 - Marnie wrote: Bought a new Honda Accord hybrid in 2006 - first owner with 3 miles odm. We are now in our 6th year of ownership, at 125,00 miles. We hope to get to 200,000 and two years more out of it. The car has been reliable, saved us tons of money, and only changed pads, calibers, rotors, plus oil changes. We need to do the timing belt/water pump. Good luck to all other Honda owners out there!


06/1/12 - Sherry wrote: I have a 1987 Honda Accord LX just ready to turn 250,000 miles. This car runs like a top! :-) Would drive it anywhere!


05/27/12 - Jess wrote: I have a 2004 Honda Accord LX 4 cylinder and currently have 298,896 miles on it! Everything original and the only problem it ever gave me was a broken O2 sensor. No engine problems, no transmission problems. Oil changes every 3,000 miles and Lucas oil gas treatments. Still running strong!! :-)


05/25/12 - Barb wrote: It's been years since I was on this website. Just wanted y'all to know that my 1992 Accord coupe just hit 203,500. Still drives like a charm, and I am on my original clutch. I had a mechanic tell me that the 1991 and 1992 Accords were the best cars, in his opinion, that Honda ever made. The gas mileage is amazing, and their longevity rocks. I feel like I am a cult member; everyone with 1992 Accords salute one another on the road.


05/16/12 - Jeremy wrote: I have a 1992 Honda Accord EX with auto transmission and is at 185,000 now, going to try and hit 400,000, who knows. My family has owned a 1989 Acura Integra, 1990 Acura Integra, 1991 Acura NSX, 1991 Honda Accord, 1995 Honda Accord, 1998 Honda Civic, 1994 Acura Integra, 2006 Acura TSX, 1990 Acura Legend, 2004 Acura 3.5 RL, 2010 Acura RL,2000 Honda Civic and a 2009 Honda Civic, and I am sure as the years go by, many more Hondas... just the best car out there!


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05/13/12 - Danny wrote: I have an 1986 Accord LXi. Currently with 411,876 miles on the original engine. Runs really well and has been well-taken care of both inside and out. She looks her age with some blemishes, but no real rust spots. Most miles were highway logged. She still can get over 100 mph on the open highway.



05/12/12 - Peter wrote: I am the original owner of 1990 Acura Integra GS. I brought the car right out of college since I needed a reliable commuter. I drove the car for one year and my wife drove for the next 12 years. After she brought her Lexus ES300, I re-united with my baby. I have been driving for the last 10 years with her. She has 295,000 miles and will cross 300k in about 4 months. The only major component I've had to replace is the transmission around 225k. It was a known issue with this automatic model. When the car is cold, it will not shift gear between 1st and 2nd gear. I spent $1000 and installed a low mileage transmission from Japan. Instead of a GS transmission, they got me a GS-R transmission. I figure, the more letters, the better the transmission.

I have been telling my 9 year old daughter that when she turn 16 years old, this Integra will be her 1st car so I can finally buy myself a new car after 30 years. I told her this will only be true if this car is still around when she turn 16. What mostly likely scenario will be that I will change my mind and keep my 30 year old baby with me and give my daughter the key to the new car. It will be a sad day when I had to part with her. I hope that day will never here. I have only used Michelin tires on the car for the past 22 years but I had no option and had to put Kelly tires on for my latest set. Michelin no longer make tires with 14" rim anymore. I wonder if this spells the end of parts for my car. I will post more update in the future about my relation with my baby. Honda rocks!


04/29/12 - Ryan wrote: I have an 86 Honda CRX DX with over 314,000 miles and it still runs perfect.


04/26/12 - Aaron wrote: I am the owner of a 2000 Acura TL with 291K on the odometer. Should hit the 300 mark in another 3 months. Can't wait to join the 300k club. Awesome car. Drove it off the showroom floor literally and have had little to no problems with my ride. Stick to what the service manual says and you'll be driving yours for a long time too.


04/24/12 - Tammie wrote: I am the original owner of a 2000 Honda Civic EX - it is the best car I have ever owned. It has 295,500 and is still going strong. Oil changes and regular maitenance. Honda can't be beat.


04/15/12 - Matt wrote: I have a 1992 Honda Accord which just turned 470,000 on Friday April 13th, go figure. The only things I have replaced are the radiator, because the dealer broke it during a repair, and the clutch. Brakes and regular maintence do a lot for these cars.


04/14/12 - Bruce wrote: I own a 1988 Honda Civic that I bought for $700 cash almost two years ago. At the time, it had 269,000 miles on it and I thought, OK, let's see if the stories are true about these reliable cars. It is a 5 speed. I'm pleased to tell you the only expense out of the norm was to replace the head gasket last weekend (mechanic was pretty sure it was the original!) for a paltry $84 bucks and I just turned the odometer to 331,789 at the end of my commute today. I used this little miracle for sales driving the last two years, many days averaging 150+ miles per day and my mileage combined averaged 30-32 mpg. I change the oil every 3-4 thousand miles and it just keeps on running. Amazing! I call it my miracle car because we had some pretty tough financial times and it was one of the only things that didn't break down! I need it to go another year and I'm projecting at least 375,000 when I may consider retiring it for another car - you can bet it will be another Honda!


04/12/12 - Brett wrote: I have a 1995 Honda Civic LX with 345,092 miles. The car still runs and drives like a dream. This car use to be owned by my grandfather who drove about 200 miles a day.


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04/5/12 - Eddie wrote: My 2002 Acura RSX-S, purchased new in January of 2003, and just ticked over 285k miles. The story is a familiar one to you: highway miles, regular oil changes (I do my own), does not use oil (Castrol from the get-go), 3rd set of tires (Michelins now), hardware has been problematic (liftback latch and power window problems, the blower fan just gave out, have not missed it, yet), internals have not been touched, garaged, Eibach coil overs (mostly done for the stance issue), adult driven (I am on Medicare, nuff said and, despite my vanity plates, driven sedately indeed). Photo taken on a trip to South Dakota.



04/5/12 - Adriaan wrote: I have a 2000 Acura EL with 280 000 KM. It now burns half a liter of oil between oil changes but with the price of gas and low cost of maintenance I am gonna run this car until it quits!


03/28/12 - Kevin wrote: I bought my 5 speed Honda Accord EX right out of the show room in 1998 and have had it ever since. The car now has 333,000 miles on it, and I continue to drive it weekly from Boston the New York city for work. The car has never failed me over the past 14 years, and it has the original motor, transmition and exhaust system. I just replaced an O2 sensor and evap valves in order to pass emmisions and get my inspection sticker. The only issues I have had are recently with replacement of ball joints. I attribute this to after market part quality; other than that, I get 31 miles per gallon and just cannot give her up. The paint is wearing off as is typical of older Hondas, but to me, she is one of a kind; I am told the 98 model is one of the best ever from Honda and it is going to be a classic.


03/26/12 - Steven wrote: I have a 91 Honda Civic hatchback with 337k miles and going.


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