This car is reliable but.... I just strongly dislike it. I run into many small repairs on this cheaply built car. I hate manual windows. Defrosters are terrible. The car shakes if you drive faster than 65 mph. I had it for 18k from 102 to 120k. Iam about to sell it. Although, I only paid $1,500 for it.
I really don't know, now that I think about it.
I found a nice one-owner with 124K.
After two years it has 175K and the only thing that has not been routine maintenance has been some rust thru the exhaust system.
Brakes/tires, fluids, filters, and spark plugs.
That's all I've had to touch.
I've owned a lot of high mileage cars b/c I prefer them for various reasons but this one acts half it's age.
It also beasted thru the Appalachian mountains loaded with myself and about 250lbs of military gear, so don't underestimate the power under the hood.
And I average 35 mpg.
Bought car in 4/2001 at Honda dealer w 100k warrantee for $13k. Had 36000 miles on odometer. 11 years and 190k miles later, still runs great: 30mpg, doesn't burn oil, fun to drive, no rust on body. Usual maintenance: 2 timing belts with water pump, new exhaust and muffler. Only glitch-needed new catalytic converter, 02 sensors, and new distributer in 2011. Bought cat and sensors online at Majestic Honda and saved $$$$. Just change oil often and this car will run forever.
My sister bought it a few years old with very low miles and I picked it up off of her 7 years ago with 100K. Its still going strong at 201K with regular 3k oil changes. This is a northeast car where it battles large blizzards, oppressive heat and salt.
Here's what has failed and replaced in the last 100k...it was pretty much flawless for the first 100k. I beat on it a bit, lol.
Exhaust system (still has orig manifold), distributor cap, radiator, rear swing arm, front brakes a few times, rear brake line, drivers side power window motor, headliner issues, few sets of tires, relay issue with blinker, rear 02 sensor, clearcoat starting to peel.
Otherwise it's a great car...
I bought this car in 1998. Was my first new car. I was into the fast and furious concepts of things. The only mod I still have left on the car is air intake and the exhuast tip.
I have gone through 1 window mash attempt to steal the car. They didnt steal at that time. On the side nice big scrape on the passenger door which I never fixed. Then the car was stolen and took my nice after market system with sub and amps.
To say the least I was bummed. They found the car 3 days later. I had my insurace restore the car to stock has I bought brand new.
I can say I have repalced several things over the pass 14 years with 145,000 miles on it ans still running great.
Gas mileage is great, The seats are comfy I am 5'11/240. I never really sat in the back. But friends haev said its comfy with alot of leg room.
Great long distance car. I took this car from Los Angeles to Vancouver Canada that was a 2 week vacation. To vegas like 5 times. To Big bear 3 times to go snowboarding.
Been to TJ ( mexico) and to Az. So all in all you cant beat a car this Honda did a swell job and gotten better since then.
My way of thinking even back then 1998 was if anything breaks. Get after market parts to replace it and thats what I have done.
Honda have done me well and I will continue to support them. Next venture I am looking at ( Honda Fit 2012).
None to think of. On my part at the time in 1998 I wish I got the ex model. But then again my Dx has been truely a nice car to have own has my first car. I will always keep the car. Even when I get a new car honda of course. My girlfriend wants to learn how to drive a stick. So I am gonna teach on the civic.
The new 2012 accord coupe WOW the design
looks so nice to look at. Honda people stay strong and true. Sad to say American cars dont hold a candle to Honda. Times change so we have to see what they have for the Hondas this days.
Test drive all cars that you can afford and make the best choice. ZOOM ZOOM