Great all around car: good handling, comfortable for me at 6'2", quiet, no squeaks or rattles in a 12 year old car with 145k miles!, good mpg especially with the 5 spd, parts are cheap and plentiful - new kits for all front joints / tie rod ends for $100 on eBay.
reliability, plentiful and affordable parts for the occasional maintenance, good mpg / performance balance
only the ones you can add on your own: cold air intake, header and free flowing but quiet exhaust - adds 10HP and 2-3 mpg.
I got my Honda for my 16th birthday. My Dad has bought it brand new, and passed it on to me. I've put over 100K on it in the past 3 years, and other than needing some minor repairs that you can expect with any 11 year old car with 200,000 miles on it, I haven't had any problems with my Honda. Unfortunately, I flipped it last week and it's not repairable (at least not for way more than the $3,000 it's worth now) - I wish I could afford a new accord, but as a college student I definitely can't. Great car to give a new driver - it's sporty, had great mpg, is reliable, and holds up great in a crash - I flipped going 70 on the highway and walked away with nothing more than some bruises. Great car
Sunroof, mpg, speed
Since this car is a '97, it's hard to say. more comfortable interior fabric, perhaps
I own a 97 Accord EX 2dr. I purchased the car 9 months ago and have put 16,000 miles on it. I've driven it from NY to FL 4 times and all I have done is change the oil. I owned a 96 Civic before this, and would definitly buy another honda. The check engine light is on, but I'm not sure why. It's probably something small since I've put 12,000 miles on it like that. Drives very smooth, good gas mileage, roomy trunk for such a small car, the sound system sounds great even though it's stock. i love all the features too, because mine has the 6-disc changer and sunroof. the power windows are slow, especially the passenger side one. overall, a fabulous car that i would reccomend to anyone.
reliability, fuel economy, smooth ride and handling
This is my third Accord and I bought it
off a lease in 99. Compared to my
previous 89 DX, this thing has power,
since it's 5 speed with VTEC engine.
IT's my first car with power everything
and I really love to drive it, 50
miles/day to work. But 3 years after
buying it, I think it needs even more
power. The the only problem I've had is
the power door locks failed. It's got
80,000 miles and going strong.
Sunroof, great sound system, 5speed is
great for winter driving and great gas
mileage - 31 mpg.
More powerful engine and smoother
transmission for shifting.
As most Honda owners will agree, the
Accord is about as close
to "bulletproof" as it gets. Mine
currently has a bit over 60,000 miles
and all I have had to do is change out
the original set of tires.
What the car lacks in performance and
styling, it clearly makes up in
reliability and comfort.
Of the 1997 Accords, I prefer the
larger 4-cylinder engine of the EX
(even though it doesn't hold a candle
to the newer models)
Simply put, the 4-cylinder engine of
the 1997 Accord needs more power. It
has excellent handling and braking,
and would be an incredibly fun car
with a bit more power. In hindsight,
I wish that I had taken the extra time
to seek out an Accord with the
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