(A native of England, veteran journalist Matthew Diebel has worked at NBC News, Time, USA Today and News Corp., among other organizations.)
She’s almost 19 years old and oh, so beautiful. No, she’s not a budding supermodel or a college freshman. Instead, she’s my 2004 Honda CR-V, currently getting dinged on a nearby New York City street with nearly 200,000 miles on the clock and not having had a problem (except a bust AC) in her lifetime. My wife says I will go into deep mourning when she dies, a notion that is not too far from reality.
And I am not alone in hanging on to my antiquated auto. People in the U.S., influenced by the fact that modern cars are much more reliable, a fading of the I-must-have-the-latest-model-
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