Honda Accord Reviews from Indonesia

1986 Honda Accord Prestige EX A20A2

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission A20A2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Lovely

Faults:

The name here in Indonesia was the Honda Accord Prestige (1986-1989).

First time after buying I needed to change the timing belt, oil and other belt for the maintenance record. Cost $100 converted from Rp.

In the first year, the fuel pump need to be changed, because the engine wouldn't start. Cost about $30.

Servicing A/C compressor, pipe, clean evaporator, etc. was costly ($170), but the air con is still not too cold.

In the second year, serviced carburetor, changed fuel filter and cleaned the gas tank, and after that the car was running more smoothly/powerfully. Needed to pay $60.

Plan to service the power steering in the next year.

General Comments:

It is a nice/lovely car.

I bought this car about $3000. This is my second car. Previous car was a Civic Wonder 1985 owned by my father - another reliable and good car.

First time I drove the car, it felt comfortable. The body and the paint were good. People don't believe it's already 26 years of age.

The cabin size inside is enough for me and my wife in the front and the back with three kids.

Have driven it all day long, but it still didn't overheat.

Thanks Honda also for designing such a good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2012

20th Feb 2013, 02:03

Thanks for your detailed review. I am considering to buy one in Vietnam.

1997 Honda Accord 2.2 VTEC

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2 VTEC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

The Honda Accord '97 VTEC is a great car!

Faults:

The turrets had to be replaced on the front wheels, as well as a couple of other similar parts. The road conditions in Jakarta are however horrible, so I would just put those down to wear and tear.

The cog for the water pump broke, which was quite disappointing, and I had to have the thing towed.

The electricals have however been the biggest disappointment; the wires under the dash burned up due to some circuit issue, and the fuse housing had problems with the fuses not making proper contact, thus making the speedo/rpm and other gauges shut off.

Other parts that had to be replaced were just general service items. But I have been particular disappointed with the quality of the Honda Genuine Service Centers here. They charge a lot for their work, which also takes a long time, and then it isn't even that well done. They would have been able to see that the water pump's cog was damaged when they replaced the timing belt etc. but they didn't say anything about it.

After I went to a different Honda service center to change some seals that began to leak, I was again shocked to find the new seal leaked as well only 2 months afterward. Maybe that isn't a problem with the actual workmanship of the change, but I'm sure they could have picked up what the reason for the leak was; I paid them enough for their time.

I now have a problem with the temperature rising on the toll road/highway. I have been to many different mechanics for troubleshooting, but so far we haven't found the problem. I think it may have something to do with a faulty connection or the like. I hope I can find and fix the problem soon easily and cheaply enough.

General Comments:

This car is great to drive. It's really smooth on both the highway and rough roads. It has nice handling and sticks to the road through corners.

It isn't a powerful car, but for its capacity and reliability, it gives more than enough bang for my buck. I have gone up extremely steep mountain roads with all seats taken, and it never struggled. I have also taken it up to 170-180kmph, and it was still really smooth even despite the highway I was on not being 'A' grade; I felt very secure and there was minimal cabin noise.

I like the shape of the car and the console layout. It only needs some cup holders.

If someone wants to buy this car in Jakarta, I would say go for it. It is one of the last years of the Japanese made Accords, and already has fuel injection. It gives me more than 8km/l in stop-start city conditions on the Regular Leaded Low-Octane fuel (premium here is around 87 octane I guess).

The car is not a sports car, but it's exciting enough to drive, and has a surprising amount of power when needed. It's all that you need and more in Jakarta. I often get good comments from my passengers about how comfortable the car is. My friend calls it the Mercy from Japan.

Overall I like my car a lot, if it wasn't for the electrical issues arising every now and then I wouldn't ever dream of changing it, and even though I dream, I may still keep this car for quite a while yet. As everybody has issues right? Especially if they are man made machines who get pounded with bad fuel, bad drivers/riders (the kamikaze pilots on the roads here) and bad roads day after day. All hail glorious Jakarta, hell for cars. And thank you to my Honda Accord, no thanks to bloody Honda service centers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2010

26th Oct 2010, 04:08

I am the original reviewer.

I have since been able to fix the overheating problem. The radiator just needed a good clean, too much dust on the roads here, the pores of the radiator were probably too clogged up and restricting airflow.

1987 Honda Accord Prestige 2.0 SOHC 12 valve

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC 12 valve Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired640 kilometres
Most recent distance230400 kilometres

General Comments:

My '87 Honda Accord Prestige is a good car. It's very old by now. However being member of Honda's medium-large sedan family, it has features that cannot be matched even by some newer cars.

The interior is spacious & doesn't look cheap at all. The suspension is comfortable & cabin noise is pretty quiet. It has indicator that can display various status, such as : which door is not closed, trunk is not closed, & broken brake-light bulb. Handling is good. It's 2.0 SOHC engine provides sufficient power for a car at it's era. It still uses carburetor, as computerized injection engine wasn't popular yet at that time. Fuel consumption is quite reasonable for its size, though cannot be considered very economical (around 8-9 km/litre). The engine's sound is very smooth if it's in good shape. I'm also satisfied with its reliability.

On the downside, it's difficult to drive in small/tight spaces. The steering radius is wide & it also has long body. The body's plate material is pretty thick (doesn't sound like tin cans), however it's prone to rust. Also like other Honda's in Indonesia, spare parts is costly.

Overall, this is an excellent car to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2006

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews