A few weeks ago, she bought a new car. This morning, we said good-bye to Mrs McMike’s previous daily driver of 13 years.

She bought it in a hurry to replace the 1996 Corolla that was totaled when she was rear-ended in DC traffic. She had wanted another Toyota (she came from a Toyota family), but thanks to the asshole salesman at the Toyota dealership, she ended up with a Honda.

Neither of us were in love with it, but we both learned to appreciate it over the years. Every time I serviced it, I expected to find a rack boot, CV boot or some other thing waiting to be replaced. Nope, I would find nothing wrong every time. It never left her stranded, and aside from a transmission @65K (warranty), the head gasket @130K, and starter @140K the thing was flawless.

I don’t think I changed a single bulb except for headlamp bulbs and a dash light.

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This was one of the good ones.

At 152K miles, we set it free.

Her parents took advantage of cheap flights from Houston to fly to DC and drive it back for my brother-in-law, who was buying it for our 16 year old nephew. I was looking for $3K for it, and he didn’t hesitate.

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Her parents left this morning with the service history, a signed title, and 13 years of memories.

Mrs McMike wept as they started the engine and drove off.

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The Civic also photobombed a lot of photos I have taken over the years. Please forgive the photo dump of these random photos. I’m going to miss that little guy.

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Since it was leaving our lives for good today, I decided to take make a trip to our local Cars&Coffee on Saturday morning.

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Including windows stickers and plate thumb.

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