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(New York Daily News)   NYC man's 1982 Honda finally dies, so the locals throw a New Orleans-style funeral for it - sure, 30 years doesn't sound like much but it may be a longevity record for a car flipped over in a riot   (nydailynews.com) divider line 72
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2012-08-06 10:07:54 AM
RIP, Bluey. Ye shall be missed.
 
2012-08-06 10:07:55 AM
That's some fine German engineering.
 
2012-08-06 10:08:12 AM
170k miles in 30 years? I would have expected that Honda to do way better than that. I guess it rolled a couple times?
 
2012-08-06 10:08:44 AM
Some engine work and that can be used for one last enduro. Let it go out fighting.
 
2012-08-06 10:10:34 AM
"YOU MY BOY, BLUEY!"
 
2012-08-06 10:10:36 AM
Meh, I have an '86 Honda with 330,000 miles, still going strong. Looks a whole lot better than that thing, too.
 
2012-08-06 10:11:32 AM

H31N0US: 170k miles in 30 years? I would have expected that Honda to do way better than that. I guess it rolled a couple times?


I guess living in NYC he didn't drive it much? Or far? I dunno. I'm in Texas and most people here put 30k or 50k on a year.
 
2012-08-06 10:12:15 AM

H31N0US: 170k miles in 30 years? I would have expected that Honda to do way better than that. I guess it rolled a couple times?


Just the once.
 
2012-08-06 10:14:47 AM
170K miles might not be a whole lot of driving (unless the odometer flipped), but surviving 30 winters with salt on the roads is pretty impressive.
 
2012-08-06 10:16:25 AM

kroonermanblack: I guess living in NYC he didn't drive it much? Or far? I dunno. I'm in Texas and most people here put 30k or 50k on a year.


I moved from Austin to Boston, and went from 18,000 miles per year to 6,000 miles per year. I'm not complaining, it's just funny at the difference.
 
2012-08-06 10:19:35 AM
As far as we know the engine is fine on 170k but the body is rotten. He said in TFA that his foot was going through the floor.
 
2012-08-06 10:21:55 AM
I'm wondering if that's the same car I saw (although I doubt it, because this was out east on Long Island.) CSB: driving along and in my rearview mirror I see the biggest piece of crap car that I've ever laid eyes on, much like old Bluey here, behind and on my left. I say outloud "Holy shiat, what a piece of-" And then I bust out laughing because as the car passes me, I see the rear license plate: PCOFCRP.
 
2012-08-06 10:22:01 AM
The rustbucket known throughout the neighborhood as "Bluey" (despite the almost complete lack of original sky blue paint) finally went to the great parking lot in the sky Saturday with the odometer pinned at more than 170,000 miles.

My Miata passed up 200,000 with nary a whine, thump, fizzle, bop-bop, indescribable noise, describable but still strange noise, noise that makes the guy next to me in traffic embarrassed, or rumble. Hoping it sees 300,000.

And a recent hail storm earned it the nick name of "The Golf Ball".
 
2012-08-06 10:22:37 AM
170?pfft... Had 700K on 3 different Hondas and they all ran and drove great when I sold them... 07 CRV with 99K is the current daily driver. Just averaged 30.1 MPG over 362 miles this weekend going here...

/loves me some Hondas

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Paulina Peak @ sunset FTW... Wish I could photograph likes this, but the real thing is burned into mah brain.
 
2012-08-06 10:22:54 AM
170K? Pffttt.
My 300D sputters in your general diection.
 
2012-08-06 10:23:17 AM
My '03 jetta TDI is at 180k miles and going strong.
 
2012-08-06 10:25:34 AM

Pockafrusta: 170?pfft... Had 700K on 3 different Hondas and they all ran and drove great when I sold them... 07 CRV with 99K is the current daily driver. Just averaged 30.1 MPG over 362 miles this weekend going here...

/loves me some Hondas

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Paulina Peak @ sunset FTW... Wish I could photograph likes this, but the real thing is burned into mah brain.


Left to right, Mount Bachelor, The 3 Sisters, Mount Washington, Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood on the far right, I believe...
 
2012-08-06 10:27:07 AM
Nothing a large rear spoiler, some type R badges and a fart muffler wouldn't fix.
 
2012-08-06 10:27:47 AM
First car: 69 Chrysler Newport (BIG ASS CAR). Just after passing the 330,000 mark, the timing CHAIN broke, cylinders slammed into valves...man I loved that boat.
 
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2012-08-06 10:28:10 AM
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Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end. Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring.
 
2012-08-06 10:29:31 AM
The day my '86 Cavalier died was a very sad day. It was my older sister's car first, she took that damn thing cross country and then it lived in Brooklyn for about five years before I bought it off of her... I had it for over 10 years, got rear-ended by a damn city bus and that mother-f*cker KEPT going. Finally died of old age while I was in college. I had a farwell party at my apartment before having it towed off to the junkyard. My sister called and expressed her pain and sympathies as well...

We're a strange lot.
 
2012-08-06 10:29:54 AM
Looked for Jeff Van Gundy's Honda sitting next to the rest of the Knicks luxury rides but had to get back to work.
 
2012-08-06 10:30:13 AM
Although 170,000 miles is nothing (especially on a Honda), I think the fact that it survived after being totaled 1992 riots (and clearly never had any reconstructive body work) and probably was a neighborhood icon is what makes the story. The owner and neighbors clearly have a sense of humor.

I give it a thumbs up.

/oh and since we are all bragging about it anyway - sold my 1986 1/2 Nissan Pick-up with 391,000+ on the original engine and tranny, still running. Damn, I miss that truck.
 
2012-08-06 10:31:12 AM

Pockafrusta: Pockafrusta: 170?pfft... Had 700K on 3 different Hondas and they all ran and drove great when I sold them... 07 CRV with 99K is the current daily driver. Just averaged 30.1 MPG over 362 miles this weekend going here...

/loves me some Hondas

[pcdn.500px.net image 850x566]

Paulina Peak @ sunset FTW... Wish I could photograph likes this, but the real thing is burned into mah brain.

Left to right, Mount Bachelor, The 3 Sisters, Mount Washington, Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood on the far right, I believe...


Beautiful picture.

Cars last longer for us in the PNW because the roads aren't salted.
I have an old Mercedes with 385,000. Mechanic said engine will be good for several more years.
 
2012-08-06 10:35:09 AM

Pockafrusta: 170?pfft... Had 700K on 3 different Hondas and they all ran and drove great when I sold them... 07 CRV with 99K is the current daily driver. Just averaged 30.1 MPG over 362 miles this weekend going here...


That's what I'm hoping to do with my Toyota. Going on 200K, runs like a top. Gonna drive it until the wheels fall off.
 
2012-08-06 10:37:08 AM
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RIP Blue Man Group
 
2012-08-06 10:41:18 AM
 
2012-08-06 10:43:04 AM

theorellior: 170K miles might not be a whole lot of driving (unless the odometer flipped), but surviving 30 winters with salt on the roads is pretty impressive.


Pretty much this.
 
2012-08-06 10:45:53 AM
Has anyone pointed out it probably wasn't the engine that died but rather 30 years of salted winter roads rusted it to pieces?

Snow plowing, slushy salty splashes from potholes... if you don't clean that shiat off, it'll eat your car.
 
2012-08-06 10:48:58 AM
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2012-08-06 10:49:03 AM

H31N0US: 170k miles in 30 years? I would have expected that Honda to do way better than that. I guess it rolled a couple times?


my car is a 2000 and it has 170,000 on it. I do a lot of driving but it sure as shiat isn't work related. I lived at most 10 miles from work, currently about 3 miles.
 
2012-08-06 10:49:40 AM
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2012-08-06 10:58:09 AM
It'll buff out.
 
2012-08-06 11:05:01 AM

H31N0US: 170k miles in 30 years? I would have expected that Honda to do way better than that. I guess it rolled a couple times?


I would hope so. I have a 2004 Cavalier LS Sport with over 155,000 miles, and it looks much better too...near mint inside and out. My wifes 99 Malibu has almost 170,000 on it, been through 3 owners and still looks better than that Honda.
 
2012-08-06 11:06:01 AM

WarszawaScream: RIP, Bluey. Ye shall be missed.


Goodnight, good car. You will be missed.

/21 Spark Plug Salute
//ATTEN-SHUN!
///Antennas at half-raised
 
2012-08-06 11:07:08 AM

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Was waiting for this...
 
2012-08-06 11:26:48 AM
Had an 81 Accord in college that rusted out from under me by 1992. Front lower control arms rusted completely away and the body had enough Bondo on it that it could pass through an airport metal detector undetected.

Ran like a champ until 130k then everything broke all at once. Original owner may have been hard on the car.
 
2012-08-06 11:31:11 AM

H31N0US: 170k miles in 30 years? I would have expected that Honda to do way better than that. I guess it rolled a couple times?


Do digital odometers roll over?
 
2012-08-06 11:31:25 AM
Had an '83 CIVIC,. Bought new for $4995-- 4 speed, no radio, no AC, no rear defroster, power nothing. Just a heater and windshield wipers. Sold it 15 years ago with 140,000 miles on it. Still see it around town. Gotta be on the plus side of 300,000 miles. I guess the tan ones were mroe reliable.
 
2012-08-06 11:35:28 AM
Yeah we don't drive much in NYC. I will be getting rid of my car after three years and It will have about 19k miles on it.

The article doesn't say it but I bet that car has been stolen dozens of times. Kids in Inwood and the Bronx steal and race old Toyotas and Hondas. They drive them for a bit and dump em back on the street. It's not uncommon to find your car a few blocks away from where you parked it.
 
2012-08-06 11:36:59 AM
Most Hondas aren't considered "broke in" until the odometer reads 200K. I have bought 4 Accords in good shape with 180K+ miles for around $1K and my kids drive them for school (HS and college). The first two (cars, not kids) died around 300K and I sold them for scrap for $250.
 
2012-08-06 11:48:50 AM
Hipsters will morn the loss of anything, except a job! Am I right?
 
2012-08-06 12:02:05 PM
I traded 3 boa constrictors for my 83 civic before college. It was dependable for years till I let my GF drive it.
 
2012-08-06 12:07:39 PM
Can someone explain the following two sentences to me? They contradict everything else in the article.

TFA: Bluey's journey to hunk-of-junk began soon after Ettling bought her.

"It got totaled along with three other parked cars on Fort Washington Avenue," he said.


But Ettling owned it for 30 years? Yet it was totaled right after he bought it? Huh?
 
2012-08-06 12:14:15 PM

nickerj1: Can someone explain the following two sentences to me? They contradict everything else in the article.

TFA: Bluey's journey to hunk-of-junk began soon after Ettling bought her.

"It got totaled along with three other parked cars on Fort Washington Avenue," he said.

But Ettling owned it for 30 years? Yet it was totaled right after he bought it? Huh?


A car can be considered 'totaled' and still drivable.
 
2012-08-06 12:15:00 PM
it's communists like this one that keep americans jobless.

if Honda Boy had the good sense to buy american, he would have kept his fellow countrymen working in the auto plants. he could have bought what, 5 American cars in the time he had the Honda.

/thanks for the unemployment, mr. foreign car buyer
 
2012-08-06 12:24:24 PM
Just rolled over 244,000 on my 96 Integra this morning. I'll retire it at 250,000.
 
2012-08-06 12:30:24 PM

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/can't miss him. it's like following a cue ball!
 
2012-08-06 12:45:26 PM

theorellior: kroonermanblack: I guess living in NYC he didn't drive it much? Or far? I dunno. I'm in Texas and most people here put 30k or 50k on a year.

I moved from Austin to Boston, and went from 18,000 miles per year to 6,000 miles per year. I'm not complaining, it's just funny at the difference.


Amazing what having access to real mass transit does for you.
 
2012-08-06 12:52:49 PM
Meh, my first car was an '85 Accord. That thing definitely saw some high school abuse, and I got rid of it back in 2006 when I realized that I needed something 4x4 if I was going to be driving back and forth between Eugene and Northern Idaho in the middle of winter. It had 186k on it when I sold it (some poor bastard bought it off of me for $1000... sorry for ripping you off dude), and I saw it driving around town the last time I was down to visit my parents.

So 177,000 miles? Psh, not impressive.
 
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