I purchased my 2012 Honda Accord coupe in May of 2015 with 42,192 miles on the odometer. From the initial test drive, I made an instant connection with this car. As soon as I left the dealer, I immediately embarked on a long trip to the New Jersey shore, and the more time I spent behind the wheel, the more I enjoyed my new car. My Accord has now been to fifteen states. It’s driven to the top of a mountain. It’s sailed across the ocean (well, a bay). It has visited military history museums, parked beside famous warships, carved up twisty mountain roads, forded flooded streets, and plowed through snowstorms. It has been my constant road trip companion for nearly seven years.
When I first purchased it, I thought I’d be happy to drive the Accord to 100,000 miles before getting something new. It was running so well at 100,000, though, that the goal became 125,000. 150,000 came calling, and the car showed no signs of slowing down. Somewhere along the way, a thought came to my mind: to see what it would take for the car to reach 200,000 miles. Last weekend, I began the countdown to the final 10,000, as my Accord crossed the 190,000 mile mark!
To ring in the milestone, my wife suggested a road trip to one of our favorite seaside towns: Asbury Park, New Jersey. If cars aren’t your thing, enjoy this tour of one of the coolest shore towns in the state. If you like all things automotive, join me for a in-depth update on how my Accord is holding up after all these years and miles. And if you just enjoy a fun blog post, this hopefully will hit the right notes.
Asbury Park and 190K
The 190,000 Mile Review
Before closing, I wanted to take a moment and share some thoughts on my 2012 Honda Accord and how it’s holding up as it approaches 200,000 miles.
If you’d like a bit of a deeper dive into my car’s condition, I also have included this quick walkaround video I filmed after it crossed the 190,000 mile mark. I doubt any Emmy nominations are in my future, but I had fun putting it together:
What better way to usher in a new milestone than with a trip to the Jersey shore! For all the times we have visited Asbury Park, there is always something new to discover and explore. Meanwhile, the Accord continues to do well. If my current driving pace keeps up, I should cross 200,000 miles sometime later in the spring, and we have already decided on a road trip worthy of that milestone!
Thanks for coming along on this special edition of The Open Road Ahead!