Bought it new right after high school. Dogged it, romped on it and attempted something like e-breaking.
Never missed an oil change or transmission fluid drain.
Timing belt/water pumps lasted me about 100k miles.
Air conditioner fan motor went out @ 150k
Replaced upper/lower radiator hoses with that.
Transmission went out @ 189k
Replaced with remanufactured for $1500 + $790 for removal/install.
Rotors resurfaced @ 200k and had quite a bit more break work done with that.
Starter went out @ 250k
Timing belt/water pump and tune @ ~278k
Oil pan gasket failed @ 280k
Radiator failed @ 285k
Front passanger wheel bearing @ 290k.
Reliability, cheap fixes and gas mileage on highway.
BF Goodrich touring tires or Michelin pilots are great tires for this car.
The cherry red accord has 120,000 miles on it and as of the fall of 2011, has been consuming 1/2 quart of oil per week.
It is evident the oil rings went bad as black oil deposits coat the inside of the tailpipe.
It's not blowing blue smoke, just consuming oil.
We are still on the original transmission, which is better than most people have faired, but the hesitation in shifting is evident.
When you slow down, you must come to a complete stop and wait a second for the car to shift into 1rst gear.
Oh, Honda, I lost a lot of respect for you & these engineering f*&k ups and you won't admit it.
I drive a 2003 Civic LX with roughly the same mileage.
It has been a gem.
No issues whatsoever.
Hire an new set of transmission and piston ring engineers.
My first car was a 1996 Honda Civic with manuel transmission LOVED it I only had to replace the clutch. Well needless to say it got recked so I decided to buy another Honda but this one is a 2002 Accord. I didn't start having proplems, real problems until abour 120,000 miles and im seeing that that i pretty good compared to what i've been reading. Now the trany is slipping and they want about 3,000 dollars to replace and the car is now only worth about $5,000. I think this is redic. I thought Hondas were suppose to las for ever. I mean it's a Honda. I guess not.
I think my only favorite features are the shape of the body and the space and room inside.
Honda needs to take responsibility in knowing that there tranys are bad for those modle and the years between 1999 to 2002.
Not Good Honda!!!!
Made it to 126K, the transmission started slipping and a few months later thats all she wrote. The lights began to flash (engine, maint, and the D). Brought it to an honest transmission repair shop and he told me it was JUNK. $2000. to $2500. to rebuild it, 6 weeks before replaced timing belt, balance belt, water pump, sway bar bushing, plugs, transmission seal between engine $$$. Was a 3 Honda family not again. Thanks Honda