I drive a 2003 Honda Accord EX-L that has 173,000 miles on it. I bought it new and have maintained it. I like it very much. Six months ago I replaced a starter motor for about $400 and bought new tires. But now a blower motor is broken and I don’t have air conditioning or heat. The cost of the repair is $350. I also need a new battery and the rear brake pads will need replacing soon. The check engine light has been on for months, and the dealer says it is because I need a mount replaced. That costs $300 but I was told it wasn’t really necessary to do. I am worried that if I spend the money to fix these things, it will just be something else major soon, and I don’t want to waste my money. However I have shopped for cars and don’t really see anything really appealing. We recently bought a car for my husband, so we have a reliable one for trips.
I like knowing how to work everything in my Honda. I have had trouble learning basics in my husband’s new car, and his isn’t as complicated as many new ones I’ve looked at. I like the acceleration of my 6 cylinder Honda to merge onto the highway and have found that power lacking in many of the cars I’ve test driven. If I do buy a new car, I’d like one that is easy to get in and out of for an old lady and an old dog. I’m not that old yet and neither is my dog, but it’s coming. I also want one with rear cross traffic alert, probably blind spot monitoring and other things that help avoid accidents.
So is it better to fix my Honda, wait a year or two for other models to come out that I might like better or should I buy something new? I can afford about $33,000 for a new car.