Five years. That’s sixty months. Two hundred and sixty weeks. One thousand, eight hundred and twenty-five days. Forty-three thousand, six hundred and eighty hours. No matter how you count it, five years is a long time. On May 1st, 2015, I purchased my 2012 Honda Accord coupe from Burns Honda in Marlton, New Jersey. In that time, I have driven the car over 110,000 miles. It has traveled to fifteen states, climbed a mountain, sailed across a bay, plowed through snowstorms, splashed through torrential downpours, and cruised on a sandy beach. It has completed the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge in 36 hours, explored Cape Cod, visited countless museums and historic sites, parked beside warships, and has otherwise taken me on five years of adventure.
Today marks my fifth year of ownership, and so this post is not a trip to anywhere. Instead, it’s all about the vehicle that takes me to those places. The Open Road Ahead originally began as a car blog, but quickly morphed into a record of road trips near and far. For today, however, this blog is going to return to its automotive roots and focus solely on a certain two-door Honda coupe.
The Five Year Story:
Collectibles, Stats, and Cars of Old:
As I have discussed previously, I keep a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet detailing the maintenance and repairs that my car has required. By using the data I’ve accrued, I was able to calculate that my car’s cost per mile is $0.08, significantly below many of the “ideal cost per mile” estimates I have found online. As I said before, the car continues to be a reliable, cost-effective vehicle.
I can pull and examine the data a lot of different ways, including how much I drive in the course of a given year. This little chart shows how I got to 152,000 miles over the past five years:
Cars of Old:
Something else I have wanted to do for a while is share the “cars of my past.” When I say that my 2012 Accord is the best car I have ever owned, it’s no small compliment. I’ve owned 8 cars in my lifetime, and while each have had their positive attributes, my current ride is my clear favorite. Here, then, are my Cars of Old:
1984 Honda Accord
1999 Honda Civic
I do not have a photo of this car, unfortunately. It was my first ever new car, which I purchased right after graduating from college. It was a green 4-door sedan, and was a comfortable and economical ride. Unfortunately, I heard the siren call of another…
1998 Acura Integra LS
1994 Honda Accord
…the ultimate in budget family cars, a used Accord sedan. Sadly, I do not have a photo of this car either. While this was not the most exciting vehicle I have ever owned, it was safe, economical, and reliable. It was originally my Dad’s car, then my step-sister’s, and then mine. I sold it to a relative when I left for graduate school.
1998 Honda Accord
2003 Honda Accord
2013 Subaru Impreza
2012 Honda Accord
The 5 Year Review Video:
When I crossed 100,000 miles with my Accord, I made a video of my experiences with it, including photos from my travels and a walkthrough of the car itself. For the fifth year anniversary, I thought I would make a sequel. As I said with the previous video, this won’t win an Emmy, but I had fun filming it and wanted to share my efforts with you:
Thanks for tuning in for this five-year retrospective of the car that makes the blog adventures possible. Next time, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming as we begin to get back to exploring the open road ahead.
4 thoughts on “Five Years.”
As a fellow “car nerd” (pulled that title from your celebratory video), I salute you and your Accord for this momentous achievement and I enjoyed hearing about some of your memories from over the years. It was especially cool to see photos of your prior vehicles. Looking forward to seeing where the next 5 years take you!
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Thanks Tyson. Glad you’ve enjoyed this post!!
You would be very hard-pressed to convince me to buy anything but a Honda. My first Accord saved my life in a nasty accident in Bucks County years ago. That was enough to keep me in the Honda family forever. As an aside, we’ve shared some of the same road trips. The East Coast (once you get out of the metro traffic tangles) is such a great place to explore, stem to stern.
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It’s nice to meet another Honda-for-lifer! And yes, aside from the endless traffic of our metro regions, there are some amazing places to explore on the East Coast! Thanks for reading!!
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