In Reply to: IMHO, '02 ownership ........ (long) posted by Dwight Chew on December 21, 1999 at 15:54:48:
Thanks Dwight, I take that as high praise indeed. Undeserved maybe, but still nice.
Since I got mentioned, I'll add my $.02
I too am assuming you are on the younger side. If not, I really really apologize, because then most of this wont apply.
When I was in high school, my car was important to me. I really liked having a car that I thought was cool, and fun to drive. At the time that was an 85 honda prelude, carburated. It was fun in the twisties, easy to drive hard, and forgiving. I could drive circles around most of my friends, though a few of them had some older detroit iron that would leave me far behind on the straightaways.
But I wasn't a car guy. I don't think I ever opened the hood of the thing. I know I once drove over 25k miles w/o changing the oil, because I still remember the tongue lashing I got from my father. I wouldn't have known how to change a spark plug if you asked me to.
Point? I liked a good car, I knew good cars when I saw one, but the shop-class guys who had rebuilt their own novas and mustangs and GTO's by the time they were 16 were not my crowd. And I was happy with that. I had my own crowd, looking back im not sure it was the better crowd, but it was mine.
The 2002 is a great car. I've just returned from a last minute shopping run to the mall and as much as I hate the mall I loved the trip, as it was an excuse to rev the car up on the freeway for awhile. Its an amazing car, actually.
But its 23-31 years old at this point. It is going to require attention, and not just in the form of a good car wash. It can be reliable transportation, but it wont tolerate the kind of abuse I gave my trusty honda.
So I guess you might need to think about what kinda person you are. You will be able to roll up to your next prom/homecoming/debut/formal in style in a 2002, but you might have to spend the day before adjusting your carburator and changing the oil. You might want to have your toolbox in the trunk in case you break down, or, come to think of it, that might be a handy excuse for spending prom night on a deserted country road somewhere.
And then there is college, where spare change often gets spent on liquid fuel of a very different sort than gasoline. Pardon me if I misjudge you, but in a way I'm glad I didn't have an 02 in college, because I wouldn't have been able to support it. I was playing in a band, carousing with my buddies, courting my future wife, and finding time to study. I barely had enough change to keep the honda in vapor, much less change the oil. But then again, if I had had my 02 then, perhaps my priorities would have been different.
Thats alot to think about.
But in any case, if you buy it, this at least will happen: Anytime someone asks you to drive somewhere, you will pause for the briefest of moments. Eventually, your friends will begin to know that you are mentally preflighting the car, determining if it is ready for the task at hand. If it is, you will then smile as only a 2002-pilot can and reach for your keys. And if not, you will mumble something about struggling to find optimum advance, carburator jets, or something, and beg off. And your friends, if they are really your friends, will understand.
Best of luck, and I hope she's everything you want her to be, whichever way you decide.