Tuesday, November 12, 2013

So, Yeah, I'm Considering The Unthinkable...

With the prospect of an hour or more each way commuting time, I'm thinking that it might be time to retire the Earthf**ker. There's still life in the ol' girl, don't get me wrong, but a couple years of stop-and-go traffic - especially at 13 MPG or so - and replacing 20" tires and brakes and... Well, it'll get expensive.

So, yes, it's come to this. I'm actually thinking about a hybrid to replace the Earthf**ker. No, not a Prius, I'm not going that route. However, I found something almost as good:

Honda Accord Hybrid

50 MPG around town is pretty darn impressive, especially for a mid-sized sedan. 45 MPG on the highway is better than the Nissan Versa I was considering, especially since the Accord has room for the whole family when we're heading back north for family engagements.

And it's not a bad looking car, either:


We had an Accord a few years ago, a 2000 that we drove for a decade and put well over 120K on the clock. We replaced nothing but brakes, tires, and the exhaust in that time - absolutely nothing but wear-and-tear items. Very impressed with Honda quality. In fact, when we traded it in (on another Honda), I joked with the dealership that they ripped us off. They sold us an extended warranty that we never used! (That they were selling the 6 year, 100K mile, $0 deductible bumper-to-bumper warranty for $399 ought to tell you something right there...)

We'll see in the spring. Until we divest of the camper (no place to store a camper here, and if we really want to go camping that badly we can rent), I'm going to hold onto the Dodge and then see what's out there. The Accord Hybrid hits a lot of high points - roomy for being stuck in traffic, reliable, great gas mileage, Honda pedigree. 45 MPG making the NoVA - MA run will help with the cost of returning home to see family, too.

Plus, I want to see heads exploding with the incongruity of a hybrid with Gadsden license plates and NRA decals...

That is all...

21 comments:

Mopar said...

I thought it was state law in VA that you need to own a truck?

Alien said...

If the EF is paid for, I'd keep it. One never knows when a truck switches from "convenience" to "necessity." As an FYI, Virginia counties levy personal property taxes on vehicles, and at 7 years the taxable value goes to minimum and stays there, so older vehicles cost less to keep than new ones (wait until you get the tax bill on that spiffy new Accord from one of the northern Virginia counties.....).

There's a trick in that

Hafnhaf said...

back in the good old days of $1 gas i drove an '88 Jeep Grand Wagoneer back and forth to NASA in Hampton from williamsburg every day. 56 miles. two and a half tons of american steel. 13 mpg (down hill). loved that car. lifted, oversize tires, changed to fuel injection, etc.

fast forward to 8 years ago. had a chance to buy a slightly crunched 2000 honda insight. 6500 bux plus $600 in parts and a few days of easy fixing. been driving that little aluminum 2-seater ever since, over 100,000 miles. got 170,000 on the clock now. 76 mpg average!

have not driven the Jeep since. 2-3 bux to drive across town? no way.

enjoy your new toy. cool and fun have their places, but practicality has its place too.

Hafnhaf said...

oops, forgot. NRA, VCDL, and "Don't tread on my gun rights" stickers on the back. i dont think i can get the Gadsden plate with HAFNHAF on it.

John Feralirishman said...

Hey Jay,

I got a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and average 49 mpg. So far its been a great car. Email if you want more specifics.

Irish

Matt W said...

A hybrid with NRA stickers and Gadsden flags might not be as rare as you think, at least not in the Dallas area. I've had more than a handful of double-takes as I watch hybrids of all flavors, and even a Nissan Leaf, pass me with NRA or other pro-gun stickers in the back window....

Roy said...

My wife and I bought a Prius back in 2002 when they were first being introduced to the US market.

45mpg, a $2000 tax credit, and Toyota reliability. Plus, because it was brand new to the US market, we also got an excellent price ($15000 and change). The car now has over 120,000 miles on it with no major repairs - and it's still on its original main battery. When we bought it, I told her we would have to put a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker on it so folks wouldn't think we were hippies. (She vetoed the bumper sticker.)

Because the Prius has become such a cult car, the price of one has now gone way above what we can afford.

B said...

We looked at the Honda Hybrid. Then bought another Prius.

Honda hasn't made a hybrid, they've modified a standard car by adding a half assed hybrid system to an existing design.

The purpose built hybrids are much better.

Seriously, look a the fords or the Toyotas before making a decision. You'll like 'em better.

Montieth said...

If you would like, next time you're on irc, ping me. I'll explain the honda hybrid system to ya. I have a 2010 insight, and had a 2001 insight. I had very little trouble with the 2001 insight short of an odd gear box rattle that was the long term result of me badly flubbing a shift at speed. Even then it was a very predicable and reliable little car. The 2010 is proving to be a good bit better, if a bit less efficient (steel body rather than aluminum). The accord has similar systems.

Montieth said...

@B. Oh and heh, the honda is a hybrid, it's just a parallel drive system. Sportier sounding one too. Actually sounds like a car and not a bit of factoyr plant.

Hafnhaf said...

Typically, the Hondas use an under-sized engine paired with an electric motor to give it an assist, making the small engine feel much larger.The Hondas get better mileage on the highway than they do in the city.

Anonymous said...

If you want something a bit more fun to drive, the Mazda 3 is quite nice. I've got a 2013 hatchback with the new 2-liter, and get hybrid-level gas mileage. (~41-42 average for a tank with winter blends, 46-47 on summer blends--and a bit more on highway road trips)

Plus, it's way more fun to drive than the Accord. (My folks have one) And with the 2014 3 getting a big facelift, there are probably some deals to be had on the 2013s that are still hanging around.

Comrade Misfit said...

I'd suggest taking the largest gun case that you might want to carry and bringing it to the dealership to see if it'll fit in the trunk.

Stretch said...

Drive your NRA/Gadsden Flag bedecked hybrid through Reston. That's the epicenter of yuppie supporters of Teh 0ne. You'll have to run your vehicle through a car wash to get all the brains off.

KevinC said...

The Stats Guy for my range drives a Prius with an NRA sticker and USPSA license plate frame.

I drive a Civic Hybrid with a Jesus fish and a CZ75 sticker.

You wouldn't be alone.

Montieth said...

Comrade misfit, my 2nd gen insight will fit a long rifle case, a BESA in wood transit chest, and a Bren, plus reenactor's kit to stow on the Humber armoured car. Also, it'll fit a decent sized pole axe with the head removed.

Personally I don't display gun stickers on my car because I don't want the attention in town.

Opinionated Grump (Rich in NC) said...

both of our Honda's have 250,000 plus miles on them.... a 96 AccordLX and a 01 Accord LX. All we changed was consumables
and the guys at the dealership we got them service at said, "No, the brakes don't need to be changed yet (at 135,000) just keep driving the way you are, because you must be doing something right." Blue is a pretty color, too.

Rich in NC

Borepatch said...

Err, biker dude? It gets cold in NOVA, but nothing like New England.

Sevesteen said...

I'd recommend the Accord...but I might be biased because I work where the engines are made.

Ross said...

My friend Nickle, who is a commercial reloader and bench-rest shooter, has a Prius with an NRA sticker on the bumper, and on the two side rear windows are "Guns don't kill people; governments do" and ".45ACP - because shooting twice is just silly".

Dennis said...

Next you will be giving up the motorcycle. :) Getting old my son. :)