1996 Accord LX (no VTEC) with over 235,000 miles. The car has been to Lake Tahoe, to LA and long distance trips (over 300 miles). car still runs really well (except engine is a bit louder than it was when new - which is understandable). Great chassis, ample seating for 5 (cars nowadays are too large). When driving highways, gets around 32 mpg. When primarily city, gets around 23 mpg.
Really fun to drive considering it has only 130 hp and 139 lb-ft torque. The car never feels slow, as long as you are willing to rev the engine a bit while merging onto highways with short ramps. Wish newer Honda's maintained this generations fun-to-drive factor instead of being more Toyota-like in plushy ride.
- Manual transmission shifter has solid feel
(not light but nicely weighted)
- double wishbone front suspension
- rear multi-link rear suspension
(Camry's have single arm Macpherson struts - cheap)
- real hydraulic power-assisted steering
(not electric) which makes for lots of road feel - a must
- great visibility (lower beltline on the side)
Nothing. A bit of body roll when turning really fast (but that's like turning a 25 ramp at 45 mph). Air conditioning is a bit weak considering that summer is really hot in CA and my car is black (which doesn't help either)
Grandpa bought this car off the lot, and did all routine maintainence at home. Lived at 8,000ft and saw winters of below 0F. Lives with me in summer heat of 120F+ and with 208k miles on it now, still doing all maintaining at home shop. The only problem is a failed transmission just two weeks ago. Such a great car, super reliable, has been across the country and back and on many long road trips, up mountain roads, through the woods, through rivers (literally). treated this car like a truck. NEVER broke down for any reason until now, and worth the money to rebuild the tranny. Would recommend this car to anyone. Just treat her right and she'll do the same
Interior is roomy, sun/moon rough is great, steering is lovely, brakes last a long time, heater works fantastically
The shifting has always been a little rough, and she would downshift unnecessarily at slight inclines. A/C has always been a weenie, even when recharged, I just don't ever use it.
I purchased my mint condition 1996 Honda Accord that was traded in at a dealership in 2005.
I have replaced the brakes, a brake line (63 dollars installed), starter (25 buck that i installed) and clutch actuator (13 bucks) over the past 6 years.
All repairs were less than 400 bucks total.
I only wish the power window motors were faster.
Mine is stock but minor tuner stuff can easily make it faster if your into that stuff.
If you find one with a good body and interior.. buy it.. fixing it will be cheap!
$2000 for a 210 hp Japanese Spec Engine. 100 hp over US spec stock.
Reliable, GREAT gas mileage, maintenance cost so low feels like i am stealing.
Bought the car with 28K miles in 2000 and still drive this car daily with now 228K!!
In fact, the car went the past two years without anything but oil changes until it was time to replace the timing belt again.
It is amazing the clutch hasn't needed replaced, nor has any other major item engine wise other than a starter over the years.
CV joints went out at 180K, and the wheel bearings are getting close now.
My wife drives and 07 sedan and my stock radio is a nicer system.
I think the brakes on this car are better than the 07!
And it survived a collision with a 6-point buck this year and all I needed was a headlight and a hood!
Exhausts - Never seem to last more than 3-4 years!
Why the passenger side shows signs of rust and not the drivers side is a mystery.
The back quarter panels will rust before this car will ever stop running.
Otherwise, if you're looking for a car to trick out or save money for reliable transportation, this model Accord is for you!
Well, I purchased this car a month ago after selling my truck (couldn't afford the gas) and have been pleasantly surprised. I bought it for 1200 dollars with 150k on the clock. I was hoping for the four door, but ended up with the coup. With a four year old in the car I was amazed by the roominess of the interior. Power Windows are a problem but parts, including aftermarket performance parts, are incredibly inexpensive. Watch the speedometer gauge as they are electronic and tend to break. Overall this car is excellent.
manual trans is a must. drilled and slotted rotors for 25 dollars. 40 horse increase for under 300 dollars. functional and easy to reach controls. comfortable seats. and acura interior is almost direct bolt on
inner door panels are a little cheap, power window motors and gauges tend to fail.