My Car

I have a 1990 Honda Accord. It was once great. Now? Not so much.

I bought the car in 2002 for $2500 when I first got my license. I bought it from my Aunt and Uncle, who said it was “the best car they’ve ever had”. Since then, I’ve put on 50,000 miles, 1 totalling accident, a brake job, and a new muffler.

Sometime in 2003, I noticed that the “Brake Lamp” light on my dash was lit up. I checked, there were no brake lights out. I changed the brake bulbs, the light didn’t go away. Confused and frustrated, I said forget it. So now, there’s a permanent “Brake Lamp” light on my dash. YAY.

The car has always had a problem with overheating… if I’m on the freeway in traffic on a hot day, the engine temperature will get to the H, forcing me to turn up the heat and roll down the windows (because it’s not hot enough anyway). This was actually the catalyst to more problems.

Because I carpool with Pat, he wanted to fix the overheating problem, and he was sure that he could. He has a background in dealing with cars, so I trusted him. He “replaced a fuse and cleaned the grounds”, whatever that means, and at first it was great. The air conditioner could be kept on for the whole hour long trip from Tualatin to Vancouver in traffic. A few days later, the speedometer stopped working. I would be driving, and all of a sudden it would read “0 mph”. It would intermittently swap between 0 and the correct mph. (By the way, have you ever seen a 1990 Honda Accord go 0-60 in 0.5 seconds? I have :).)

After a few days of dealing with this problem, I was told it wasn’t serious, just perhaps a cosmetic problem. Then all of a sudden, the “Check Engine” light would intermittently come on. I may be car-dumb, but I know that’s certainly not “cosmetic”…

So I’ll be taking it into the shop (joy) very soon, hopefully it won’t be too serious (expensive).


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