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 Post subject: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. (Part II & final)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:01 pm 
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The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. :'(

My little mighty 1990 AWD trusty steed drove its last mile on Monday when the clutch gave out. It's been my around town/county car for nearly 26 years and has served me well. We've been lucky having only had minor work done to it over the years. It was almost declared totaled after a snow plow driver creamed my Honda with his bucket in January '05 while parked innocently in our driveway under a lot of snow (it was marked and partially visible). Luckily the owner of the snow removal company paid to have my car repaired which took nearly 2 months. The Mighty Honda received a makeover and a robin's egg blue paint job and was very identifiable my many friends and community members in town. Last April when I traveled from here to Walker heading to the Reno Airport the next morning flying to Dallas for a week to visit my best friend Karen, my radiator cracked while driving up Conway Summit. SG had to have it towed to a dealership in Carson City, NV while I was away with follow-up work at our dealership in Bishop when I returned home to the tune of $1,400. Monday after having the Honda towed to our Goodyear station the damage was going to be another $1,300 and we just can't continue to pour that kind of money into the old gal. Turns out one of the mechanics there wants to buy it and get it running on his own time as his family needs another in-town car. Asking price is $800 cash firm. Waiting to hear back from him tomorrow. We still have our '92 Subaru Legacy, but it has no air bags and the a/c has been on the blink for the last two years. We started researching a new car for out-of-town travel prior to SG's accident so now we're on the fast track looking once again. RIP Mighty Honda and we hope to see you around town again soon.

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. :(
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:39 am 
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Is it a stick? That sounds like a lot of money to fix a clutch. Now if it needs a new transmission then it sounds reasonable.
Sorry to hear of the loss of your trusty Honda.


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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. :(
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:13 am 
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Bet you can find a local home mechanic to repair that for under 700 dollars.
I replaced Patty's VW Jett clutch for $400 in parts.
Park the Honda And Let Fred repair it when he gets better :)


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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. :(
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:28 am 
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Yes, it's a stick.

New clutch = 8 hours of labor at $920 since they have to pull the engine and transmission due to the AWD.
New clutch kit = $265.80
To machine the fly wheel = $65
Tax = $21.26
Grand total: $1,272.06

We are not allowed to keep an inoperable vehicle in our driveway due to snow removal and there is no way SG is capable of this type of repair, even after he heals. :(

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. :(
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Sounds like a job for one of those " Helpful Honda Guys "

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. :(
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They will sure help you spend money on a new Honda!
I really do not like that ad campaign. I am not in the market for a new car, but if I was, those ads would make sure I would not buy a Honda..

Good luck on finding a replacement Sierra Lady..


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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. :(
PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:05 am 
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We had a prospective buyer, but he backed out. Decided to go ahead and have the Honda repaired and will take the money out of savings to pay for it. Hoping we can get a few more years out of this car before buying a new one then our '92 Subie can become my in-town car. If the Honda is still running by then we can get more than what we were asking now. The Mighty Honda should be ready by the end of this week! :)

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. :(
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Sierra Lady wrote:
We had a prospective buyer, but he backed out. Decided to go ahead and have the Honda repaired and will take the money out of savings to pay for it. Hoping we can get a few more years out of this car before buying a new one then our '92 Subie can become my in-town car. If the Honda is still running by then we can get more than what we were asking now. The Mighty Honda should be ready by the end of this week! :)

Glad you chose to repair it, seems lke the most economical route long term.

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. :(
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^ Yes and also the Honda is such a great little AWD snow car. Even though it doesn't have a/c, it has a great heater and rear window defroster (the rear window defroster on the Subie currently doesn't work).

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 Post subject: Re: A final good bye 2-7-18
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A final RIP to the Mighty Honda. It died peacefully three weeks ago and I had to have it towed home. :( The little car served me well for 28 years (got two more years out of it from this original post above, so not bad.) Kept the vanity plates. Sold it to DJ, an auto mechanic in Bishop, for $1.00 along with the never-use chains, summer blades, three Honda manuals, all the maintenance receipts and the original owner's manual and signed over the pink slip to him this morning. He's going to fix it up and use it around Bishop so maybe we'll see it again sometime. :)

1/20/18
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2/7/18
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Our '77 Land Cruiser recently came back from Perry Motors after having the brakes fixed so now maybe we can recreate in it again.

Our '92 Subie was having issues, but SG's nephew came down from Tahoe on Monday and fixed it by Tuesday. That will eventually become my Mono/Inyo car while we make a decision on a 2018 CR-V EX from Perry Motors in Bishop. I think we now deserve a brand new vehicle. :clap:

So long Mighty Honda!

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. (Part II & final)
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Truly an end of an era.

I'm assuming your keeping your custom plates? 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. (Part II & final)
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I'd say the cliche, "She's in a better place now", but I'm not sure Bishop qualifies.

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. (Part II & final)
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ride395 wrote:
Truly an end of an era.

I'm assuming your keeping your custom plates? 8-)

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3rd sentence: "Kept the vanity plates." ;) (Will most likely put those on the Subie and move SG's vanity HAM call sign plates to the new car.)

P.S. Almost forgot...yesterday was my 35th anniversary residing in Mammoth...2/7/83 - 2/7/18!! :o :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty Honda is mighty no more. (Part II & final)
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boarddad wrote:
I'd say the cliche, "She's in a better place now", but I'm not sure Bishop qualifies.

Ha, sure it does. The Mighty Honda has come full circle since I bought it there and drove it home on 10/31/89 brand spankin' new!

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