I have a 2000 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe with 89k miles. I purchased the car in 2005 when it had 39k miles and have driven it no more than 7-8k miles per year. The car is in pretty decent condition–a few places where the paint is beginning to show signs of age but for the most part, a dapper looking car. I have not changed the timing belt on the car (which I realize should likely happen soon) and have had the car serviced regularly when needed. I’ve replaced the alternator twice, put in a new battery, had brake work done in the front and rear. The only issue with the car is one that is apparently a known issue with these cars–the car does not do well with winter grade fuel when the weather is warm. The car will stall, and after waiting five minutes, I can turn on once again, rev it a bit, and get along my way. Tires on the car have pretty good tread–they’re only about three years old and have 20k miles on them.
I’m trying to decide if it is best to sell the car now and get into a newer one (I have enjoyed trying the 2009 Acura TSX). On one hand I know I can get around $5k for the current car and that value will fall once the 90k mark is eclipsed. But I figure I need to make an investment sooner or later–either in replacing the timing belt and committing to keeping the Accord for the long-haul, or giving it up before that work gets done.
So–what would you do?