This car was so reliable until about year 15, when original parts needed replacement regularly. Unfortunately, exhaust seems to have the shortest life on Hondas, but replaced it around year 10 or 11 and nothing since.
My wife had one of these for her first new car. Very reliable, easy to maintain and drive. Mileage was 30MPG combined, which was exceptional. A few minor problems: clutch start interlock switch (fixed myself) and a/c condenser kept getting stopped up with leaves and spilling water on floor (dealer wanted $200 to install a screen to keep this from happening). Fairly fun to drive and reasonably fast for a basic car. We had the coupe, but should have spent the money on the sedan so we could get more use out of it after we had kids.
Extra-crisp 5 speed transmission (reminded me of the early Acura Legends). Low cost of operation. Large trunk, reasonably comfortable. Probably should have never gotten rid of this, it was a good car. Overall simplicity was a nice departure from today's cars. I wish my 07 Odyssey was this good.
Better power windows (too slow) and better engineered A/C system. Paint quality could have been better.
I boght this car knowing very little about the reputation of the Accord. Loved it from the first second of driving. Extremely reliable, only had to replace radiator once and battery another time. Extremely fuel efficient.
Ok, if you are interested in adding
performance parts to this car you are
in luck, there are tons of them
available. The car handles well stock
but adding a new set of swaybars,
lowering springs, struts, and tires
will litterly make this handle better
than 95% of the cars on the road today.
The car has the makings of a great
handler. If power is your thing, the
stock engine is not what you are
looking for. i have the non-vtec so i
cant comment but mine is sufficent but
by no means fast. You may want to add
an H22 out of a prelude. this is what
im doing. Styling is subjective but i
will say this. The car is very bland
stcok so you can add body kits ect. and
better stock stereo, yes the power
windows are slow but spray some
silicone lube in the window channels
and it will help reduce the friction
and they will be fine. stock alloy
wheels for lx models, remove ugly black
side panals from door
This is my 3rd Honda (83 Civic wagon,
86 Accord) and I've driven the stuff
out of it. The only money I've put into
it has been a timing belt - required -
and some A/C work - not Honda's
strongest link. I have no complaints
about this car. Can see the benefits of
a 5-speed, though and it's a blast to