SPECS
ENGINE
F23A1 2.3L SOHC VTEC YO!
POWER
150 HP @5700 RPM
TORQUE
152 LB.FT @4900 RPM
GEARBOX
Honda 4-Speed Automatic
CURB WT.
3009 LBS
MFR. DATE
April 1999
0-20 MPH
2.15 Seconds
0-40 MPH
5.18 Seconds
0-60 MPH
9.89 Seconds
TOP SPEED
129 MPH
CURRENT WHEEL SET
Honda 6-Spoke 15" Alloys
CURRENT TIRE SET
SUPERMAX 195/60R15 88T
STATUS
DESTROYED (March 1, 2022)
VEHICLE STORY

Originally purchased for $400 on October 3, 2019, as a courier and daily beater, this 1999 Honda Accord LX Coupe was my 2nd car, and 1st ever sold, but needed some major repairs and maintenance completed in order to be (mostly) safely drivable. After 7 weeks of constantly interrupted repairs, the name “Luna” was given, which is after Luna Ryder A.K.A. Misaki Haruka (or just simply “Haruka”) from F-Zero Densetsu (GP Legend). At the time, I didn’t want to reveal what I named this Accord until I got the timing belt service completed within those first 7 weeks of repairs. I didn’t expect much else from this thing—considering the aging and neglect she’s been through, but after getting past said repairs during the first few weeks of ownership, I then began to see some of the reasons why so many people liked Hondas. Then, over time, Luna—admittedly—started to grow on me, which is part of how she quickly earned her name, and why it stuck so easily—appearance aside. Luna was somewhat similar to an aged, and abused animal…Extremely difficult to earn it’s trust, but with loads of patience, time, and care, she began to come though; However, by the time I’ve gotten used to her, and considered developing long-term plans, the rear body frame and fuel tank were rusting out among other places, and the infamous, 4-speed Honda automatic gearbox was on its way out; Thus, Luna was pretty much terminal—despite still starting, running, driving, and stopping just fine, for the most part. However, Luna saved me and Jody A LOT of trouble over the course of 2 years. Despite the occasional, major issues with Luna, which thrashed me far more than Jody ever did, I do not regret owning this thing one bit. This Honda made money, and expanded my knowledge of cars even further—among other things, but after more than 22 years of being on the road, it was time for her to retire for good. On Saturday, November 6, 2021, Luna was decommissioned after her 2-year mission came to an end, and was sold to a salvage yard. Hopefully, the good that was left in her will live on in other Hondas for years to come, as she remained in the salvage yard until her demise on March 1, 2022 when she was destroyed. Maybe someday, I’ll end up with another Honda as another fun weekend project, or something. Goodbye, Luna. You will be missed. 😢 …“H” is for “Haruka”. 🦾

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