1976 Honda Accord Reviews from North America

1976 Honda Accord CVCC or no desig 1.6

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1977
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance305000 miles
Previous carDodge Van


A ray of innovative sunshine in a world planned obsolescence


Early on, Honda sent out a recall for the head gasket; it was replaced by dealer.

Have replaced water pump 5 times.

Door seals began deteriorating within a few years to the point that water dripped in from top of windows during washing or heavy rain.

Original CV joint boots failed within 2 years, letting the grease inside escape. I let it go too long and wore the joints out.

Have replaced the starter motor 3 times.

General Comments:

As my first Honda of the 4-wheel variety, it has been great a introduction to the quality of this manufacturer, and still sits proudly next to my '89 Acura.

I've done most of the major work myself over the years, and unlike my Acura and later cars, I can still get at its very basic engine to work on it.

I've always driven it hard and put it away wet, and to this day continues to be a fun car to drive, as well as quite a rare sight on the road these days - a tribute to the Honda corporation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2004

1976 Honda Accord 2 door hatch CVCC 4 cylinder.

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1976
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission CVCC 4 cylinder. Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance387896 miles
Previous carHonda Civic


Excellent car all around that's still going strong today


Absolutely nothing. Just gave it to my grandson (who loves it so far) after 27 trouble free years with this car. Bought an 03 accord last fall, and so far have 10000 miles on it (My wife & I do a lot of traveling. We spend most of our retirement time vacationing all over the country). So far that one has been just as trouble free. Routine maintenance is all that ever had to be done with my 76. I will say this though, many of them had problems with rusting out bodies. The only reason mine stayed decent was because I have a climate controlled garage to keep it in.

General Comments:

Though it was mostly highway miles, I am very surprised at the way this car held up. My 72 civic was a good car, but was a little too small for my needs, but the Accord was just right. However, since the accord didn't come out until 1976, the civic was pretty much my only choice for a Honda in 72. The CVCC 4 cylinder (basically what the VTEC was in the 70s, of course with a lot less technology in it than the VTEC of today) was a good engine on the highway, & around town. Acceleration was adequate, but good fuel economy & reliability more than made up for that fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2003

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews