My '89 Integra
(It may not be the fanciest car in the world, but it's my first
car, and I love it... :-)
This page, created in 1997 shortly after I bought my Integra,
discusses why I chose this car. See my
pictures from road trips for a glimpse of where I drive,
and pictures of my car and the scenery it has taken me through.
Why the Integra?
After 6 years of living near-campus (Berkeley and Stanford) without
a car, I lost a housing lottery and had to move off-campus.
A first-generation Integra seemed like the perfect choice:
- good mileage... (I get 30 mpg between Belmont and Stanford on 280
with the 1.6L DOHC engine)
- cargo space... (I can fit two bikes in back)
- reasonably priced... (I paid $5000 for it in '97)
- reliability... (rated highly by Consumer Reports)
- fun to drive... (rated highly by Car & Driver)
- quality materials... (still in good shape after 8 years and
(Err, 10 years, 161,000 miles...)
I was drawn to the integra by the practicality of its interior.
I don't need the back seat very often, but it's nice to know that
my car can carry four people, if needed, without giving the back
seat passengers cause for mutiny... And with the rear seats folded
down, I can fit two bikes in back (which was a major criterion).
I've heard somebody describe his integra as "an aerodynamic
pickup", and I agree. :-)
I was fascinated by the lines of the integra. In this upside-down photo,
you can see the reflection off the hood. :-)
Knight Rider Influence? You decide
When I was a kid,
Knight Rider was one of my favorite shows,
(along with the Dukes of Hazzard). I thought KITT was the coolest
car in the world back then. I wonder if this subconsciously affected
my perception of my new car?
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