I sold my '86 Accord with 265000 miles on it last year for $700. It didn't go into third gear, which is a problem in a 4 speed automatic. It was the original tranny and would have needed a full rebuild. It also countless other non-crucial but completely broken items. But it was mine since 16 in my family since my dad wrote a check for $10,500 in Jan 1986. Even when the tranny was going, I managed to abuse it on several massive roadtrips. I still wonder if I could have figured out a way to fix it and keep another couple years.
I love my Honda Civic now (better gas mileage, performance, and 4 functioning gears), but old Geneva (that was her name, because I always thought you'd write peace "accords" in Geneva
) was such a champion. That it saw 12 consecutive years of utter abuse from two teenage boys (my brother had it before me) just gives my heart a whirl. It had 3 different tail lights (I backed into a couple people) and at least 4 rear view mirrors (wear and tear and drunken fists in this college town took care of that). And I've never found another car anywhere that could fit my snowboard rack. Blast!
Call it "seller's remorse". JD, That stereo was beautiful by the way. I can't imagine much better than listening to old, scratchy vinyl on that thing.
Isn't this an interesting take on the Fight Club maxim: "the things you own end up owning you"? Haha.