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Herman the Honda is more like Herman the Sherman Tank 

 June 29, 2014

By  NickLitten

Boris is Dead! Long live Herman :))))

So, Herman has been a terrific little car over the last year. Herman the Honda ElementThe complete opposite experience from my nightmares with Boris the Landrover.

These Honda Elements are great little mini-SUV’s that are economical, cheap to run, roomy inside and generally just good fun!

He’s driven from South Carolina to Texas (twice), raced up and down the interstate between Charleston SC and Roanoke VA every two weeks for the last six months. In February we loaded up with stuff and drove to California. Never missed a beat. Started every time. Cruised at highway speeds merrily. Never been washed during my 14k miles of ownership. Only problems have been: one new tire (from nail on the road) and one head lamp bulb replacement. Bloody good job Honda!

Then I come out from work and the exhaust (or muffler as my American chums call it) seems to have died a terminal death.

So, its time for a little service at Pep Boys in San Clemente – Oil change, drive belt, alternator belt, filters, brake pads for $200. Huzzah!

But then they tell me – the whole exhaust system is shot to pieces and you need a new one… $1000 parts and $300 labour!!! #BALLS

Suffice to say… I am going to have to think about the exhaust system thing… I wonder if I can find a muffler shop and get a second opinion?

In the meantime, for the next few days anyway, if you hear a roaring grumbling little orange tank approaching you on the I5 south of #LA then thats probably me… looking shamefaced šŸ™‚

UPDATED: I got the exhaust fixed rather than replaced. Saved me a bucket load of $$

NickLitten


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

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