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Fun Car - Buy Accord not Camry
By ernie_8000 on
Vehicle1996 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan
Review1996 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.
Best FeaturesReally 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) (low dashboard)
Worst FeaturesNothing. 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)
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