Decently upscale, w/o the upscale price
January 5, 2019
I was looking for a upgrade from my 92 Honda Accord LX w/ 257,187 miles. I loved the car, but it was beat. I was in the market for something a little upscale, with amenities, and reliable. I was looking for a used Acura TSX, TL, or Lexus IS300. All three were difficult to find in a manual transmission. If I found one, it was often 1/4 more in price compared to it's automatic transmission counterparts. I always liked the bubbly-styled 7th generation Accord, so I began my hunt. It was hard to find a 5-speed manual, so when I found one at a local dealer, it went the same day. This had everything I was looking for: it was a black 2003 Accord EX, 178,258 miles, w/ leather, heated seats, moonroof, etc. The paint was rough, brakes were weak, some rust, but I saw the potential. It was ready to go to auction the next morning and I couldn't pass up the price. Took it for a test drive and back home. A month later, I've addressed the issues, performed paint correction and protection and my friend's can't believe it's the same car I brought home from the dealer. I'm at a thousand miles of happy driving and I intend to keep this for as long as it lives. And if it dies, I'll swap in another motor.