Richard Craver

Thoughts, Musings And The Occasional Rant

Methuselah Is Gone But Gandalf Has Taken His Place

Written By: richardwcraver - May• 24•15

A few weeks ago I wrote about my old Accord being struck down in the prime of life at 519,380 miles. Sigh…. I wanted to see how long that car would remain viable transportation. I mused that I considered it a girl because a young lady that was a customer at the shop I used to work at drove it for many years, but I was considering naming it Methuselah. Methuselah was the oldest man recorded in the Bible, 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died. – Genesis 5:27 But alas it was not to be.

However, I have now acquired another Honda, a 2006 Element in Alabaster Silver Metallic. I’m not settled on it yet but ‘Gandalf The Grey’ from the Lord Of The Rings series seems appropriate, or at least plausible. No, the Element has not yet performed any mystical or magical acts. Not flown like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or done anything like the various Bond cars. Cars are like people, you get to know their true character over time. So far the Element at 175,000 miles has been a faithful steed in my stable. So without further ado, pictures:

Gandalf The Grey?

Gandalf The Grey?

Only One Sticker So Far

Only One Sticker So Far

Gandalf The Grey

The Original Gandalf The Grey

I liked the Elements when they first came to market in 2003. I remember saying that I liked them but if I had one, the horrible black fenders would have to be painted. Apparently I was not the only one saying that. Honda introduced the EXP edition, an Element EX-Paint with painted fenders. In my opinion it makes the vehicle look more business like and less like a toy. Only time will tell if Gandalf has the longevity or magic of Methuselah, those things are determined with time.

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