In a previous post, I noted early problems with this car, purchased new in 1990. Since 1999, I have put a total of $1900 into it, including new $400 Michelin tires, $700 motor mounts, $95 for an an ignition problem, $150 for a transmission issue, and a couple hundred for brakes. That leaves around $350 for routine maintenance. Motor mounts were not necessary and could have chosen cheaper tires, but both make it run almost like new, and I intend to keep it around. Dealer did install all new hoses and a radiator for $125 - long story, good customer service. Test drove new Acuras, Hondas, got back in this and wondered why I was shopping. Fun on mountain roads.
It runs and runs and runs. Very sporty, comfortable. Kids pull up to me on the street and ask if I want to sell it. Just a nice simple car without a lot of extra stuff. Great paint - still shining. Quiet ride - better than some new. All accessories still work.
Still would like to get rid of automatic seatbelts, but other than that most of my other complaints seem like nothing. Only 20mpg in town now, but still great on highway 32-34mpg. #2 most stolen car in state (yep, 1990) - make it harder to steal.
Bought this great car from my uncle three years ago. almost 198,000 miles now and still running strong. Easy for self repairs and modifications. Great gas mileage with a peppy 2.0L four banger. Catches the eyes of street racers with a sleek long sporty body style. Really gets up and goes. A classic reliable Honda. Starts up in my hometown's 112 degree summers and our chilly sub freezing winters and handles like a dream in the snow and ice. Great car for travel or short commute. Only downside, used parts are hard to find in junk yards... But only because these cars are still on the road due to dependable Honda engineering.
Full power options. Excellent peripheral viewing for a safe drive. Aggressive body style. Hand brake, sports transmission, and Excellent Honda performance.
Very common rear quarter panel rust caused by chemicals in liquid ice melt on highways.
Bought the 5-speed from first owner on 2/16, 68.9k miles on it, for $6.5k (down from 7.5) now 133k hard miles, cold starts, short distances, snowbelt. Could afford any new car, but was thinking of going overseas then, and did not want to take depreciation hit. Engine is a jewel, never had ANY problem. Drove cross country, DC to Seattle to Long Beach CA and back to DC, summer 03, few problems, top MPG. (32-36 hwy, at 65-85 mph). Can cruise all day @ 90 mph in utter comfort. Rust behind the rear wheels. Seldom braked down, but parts cost too much (timing belt, brakes, distributor, fuel pump, each $500 or so). Still, best car I ever owned, and low cost, due to rare failures and high quality.
Shifter is precise and a joy to use. Gauges (clear, excellent), overall quality, clean styling of coupe! Plenty of room in back and front, drove x-country, hauled a ton of stuff. Dependability, reliability, durability!
Many parts (timing belts, windshields, brakes, distributors, fuel pumps) should cost MUCH less. Toyota Camrys cost less for similar parts. Annoying antenna goes up and down unecessarily, even when you just use the tape or CD. Rust is unacceptable in such a high- quality car.
This car was a nightmare for the first
9 years - back to the dealer for
multiple problems under warranty, 5
batteries in 6 years, stuck around 100
times times in 100 degree heat with a
car that would not start. But other
than that, it was a charm to drive.
Was overcharged on repairs several
times. Once I left the closest Honda
dealer and found an independent or
drove across town to the other dealer,
the problems were solved and it has
run flawlessly ever since. Sears
battery is 7 years old and still going
strong. Does need need motor mounts.
I'm hoping to put another 100,000
miles on it. Makes a great second car.
Charm - lots of comments about
exterior style. Exterior paint is
almost flawless, in spite of many days
parked outside in burning sun.
Fun to drive. Interior design, good
with good maneuverability. All the
accessories still work after 13
Better customer service. Passenger
side automatic seatbelts are a major
inconvenience. Interior fabric could
be better. Wheel covers need better
durability - all have broken or
cracked. Wish that routine maintenance
was cheaper (especially the timing
The 1990 Honda Accord is a very
reliable car with very little
mechanical problems. The only problems
you will have with this car are the cv
boots and the paint. The CV boots will
not last very long and the paint will
fade on the hood and around the tires.
reliability! The car is very
CV boots are simply terrible, I've had
them replaced over 5 times