Bought my Honda in 2009 with 125K miles. For piece of mind I had the timing belt service done. No worries since. I get 30 mpg highway and its very comfortable. The styling on these cars still looks up to date and I`m surprised how many of these 15 year old cars I still see on the road. There is a fair amount of road noise and the AC is marginal. Overall if you get one that has been taken care of you can`t go wrong.
I see I have similar issues as some reviewers. ABS pump went bad around 120k. Master brake cylinder went out around 110k. Right front passenger window very slow to roll up. I'm constantly warping after-market rotors, I can't stand hub- over-rotor setup. Going to swap out to rotor-over-hub. Had issue yesterday with tach and speedo dropping to zero whilst driving on highway. Noticed ABS light flickering at about time it happened. Will have electricals checked out. Current issues: Leaking main seal O-ring leaking on distributor About to hit 180k miles, will do timing chain and water pump, likely ask for real main seal to be replaced if they'll reduce cost. Original owner!
Enjoy the styling a lot. I've lowered my Accord by 1.5 inches and added 17" wheels, Koni Yellows, H&R springs, stainless steel brake lines. Getting ready to upgrade rotors to 11" and use Wagon's calipers, for the front only. Engine running like a champ!
Better ABS pumps and master brake cylinder. Very very common problem. Same with right side window motor.
This car had a manufacturing defect in the transmission. After multiple loss of all transmission fluid Honda tried to blame us for the problem. The transmission failed at 50,200 on a 50,000 warranty and Honda refused to fix it. An outside shop found a machining defect from the factory in one of the case halves of the trans. replaced half at a cost of $1800 total repair and no problems in over 100G of additional mileage. Honda never answered my letter until 4 years later. Would never buy another as a result of their bad customer attitude and lack of concern/support. Have pictures and parts as proof of defect. Honda did not care at all!!!
Handling, economy? But not when the transmission goes due to a mfgr defect and a mfgr who does not care! Other than that... dependable. Constant Axle/CVJ failure/noise.
Customer care! CUSTOMER CARE! When your service and customer care stinks, you need a lot of work to get a customer back. Never a Honda again!!!
I bought the car new in 1995 and have been driving it ever since. Over 270,000 miles and have done only basic maintenance with the exception of the radiator being replaced two years ago. Still runs beautifully; still getting over 30 miles per gallon. Intend to keep the car many more years - haven't had a car payment since the 90s. Garage kept so exterior still looks great.
Great gas mileage; small enough to park in small places yet ride is very smooth. Opted for the 'no frills' model - crank windows, manual transmission, etc. and so far less could go wrong and I haven't regretted it.
Even though it's a manual transmission, the pick up is slow - would suggest improvement there.
I bought this used Honda Accord, 3 years ago for my daughter. I paid $5K for it and had expected it to go for her thru college. It started out with some overheating problems and replacing the radiator. Not so bad, but 3 years later more over heating. This time the engine was bad. I decided to put a new (used) engine in her because it is a Honda. In 3 years I have pumped ~ 5K into a a 5K car. I'm not too thrilled. I've always had luck with Honda in the past, but I expected more. I thought this would just be a gas and go car for me and my daughter. In 3 years it has not worked out that way. There is always a risk buying a used car. You don't know how well the prev. owner cared for it.
It's a pretty basic car. There is nothing special about this car.
The later models have been enlarged and I think that was a good idea.