The quest for the perfect daily driver.
Originally, I purchased the 240 to be a fun daily driver. After digging into that car, it soon became obvious to me that 1) I loved it too much to subject it to daily driver duty and 2) it’s a little too old and unreliable to subject to daily driver treatment. Clearly, I would need another relatively inexpensive car to daily, preferably with Honda reliability and under 10K.
Finding cars that meet this spec and aren’t modded and beat into the ground or rusted heavily here in the Midwest is a tall order. As I started my search, I started to make a list of possible candidates. Because of my newfound love of the S Chassis family, I considered finding another 240 – this time a slightly newer S14 chassis might fit the bill, since they were available with ABS and airbags which are two features that are good to have in a daily that will be racking up miles out in the wild. Having owned two Acura Integras in the past, I also considered finding another one of those, or perhaps another Acura TSX like my wife Cindy’s car. The Honda Prelude was also a candidate, as well as the Honda Accord Coupe.
About half way through my search, I happened upon a seller in Lombard with a 2000 model Acura Integra. Miles were kind of high at 160K, but the car looked really clean in pictures. The seller “imported” the car from the warmer south, Atlanta, which was a good sign that it had never seen salt. Those people don’t know what to do if it snows out! With higher mileage, the seller and I could not agree on a price, so I kept looking. But I kept an eye on the Craigslist ad, hoping for a price reduction.
After a couple of months had passed, the car disappeared from Craigslist. I still had the seller’s number, so I shot him a text. Turns out, he pulled the sale because he needed the car as a daily driver himself since his other car was involved in an accident. He did mention that he would be willing to sell the car once he had the insurance settlement money and a replacement automobile, and he also mentioned he would be willing to bargain on the price. Bingo. It ended up being over two months of waiting, and I was getting pretty nervous as winter set in, but eventually he was ready to sell and the Integra was mine. After a lifetime of only purchasing either white or black cars, I suddenly had two red cars in one year. But since the 240 is already put away for winter, I will have to wait until spring to unite both these 90s beauties for a supreme photo op.