1980 Honda Accord from Australia and New Zealand


Excellent, reliable and importantly, cheap!


Engine fixed to stop emissions, new thermostat, timing belt replaced. All up we've spent maybe $600 on the car to fix it. She cost $1500 in the first place.

Add to this standard things like tyres being replaces etc.

The door handle was ruined by a friend, who also reversed into her without looking and broke the visor: (It took 3 months to fix the car due to there being a severe shortage of parts apparently.)

The interior is looking a little worn, but that happens with time, plus there is a very small oil leak that's been there for years.

General Comments:

This car was bought in an emergency, and has in 5 years broken down once ever (thermostat). This is the second time someone in the family has owned an Accord of this age, and I am surprised at what a reliable little car it's been. We've used it when other (newer) cars have had problems, and she's even had to tow a Commodore station wagon (large car) before. It's travelled all over the countryside, and was driven 1500 kilometres in one trip. I can't stress enough how loyal and reliable this little car has been.

Obviously, the comfort of larger, newer cars is just not there, and I realise that age is very soon going to catch up with her, so as of next year, she will be retired to suburbia where she can live out the rest of her days driving to the shops and back.

I couldn't recommend a car like this more, we've never had a problem with brakes, steering or rust, and most importantly, she's never come back from a service with the mechanics concerned for the safety of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2007

1980 Honda Accord LX 1.8 from North America


Probably the best vehicle this family has ever had to date


Carb died at around 95k; replaced it with a Weber 2bbl, and it still passed emissions! Everything works except the ac, which died in a front-end wreck.

General Comments:

Current condition is sad for a beloved Honda. The worst thing on the planet is a hurting Honda. It's been in 8 known accidents, only 4 our fault. If it were not for the damage and the New England rust, we'd be driving it. The engine is strong and the tranny has been rebuilt and runs superbly. Wish I could pass on to someone who wants to keep their s running a little while longer. The clock is most remarkable; has never lost a minute. I starts well, even at -22F, although we are now living in Georgia. Handled well in all respects. If I could buy one today I'd do it in a heartbeat. It is hard to let go of a friend that has never failed you once. Drives fine, but needs some expensive brake work; I have to draw the line somewhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2005

25th Nov 2005, 14:41

How much rust does it have, and what type of brake work does it need? If the work required is around 500 or so, I'd just get it done and keep the car. You'd save a pile of money over buying another car, important considering Christmas is coming up soon. Just a few days ago, I saw an early 80's Accord and it looked like it was in pretty good shape for being 20+ years old.

25th Nov 2005, 21:55

I think its time to retire that car. I can't imagine the frame is still straight after all of those accidents, nor is the car safe at all. Honda's are good cars, but don't let Honda reliability get to your ego. Your car has been beaten to a pulp and the rust is probably worse than you think (I live in PA so I know). Go send that one to the junkyard and save yourself the money buying one that's maybe ten years newer at least. Your only wasting money on a worn out POS and risking your life and the life of other people every time you drive it.

My friend bought a 94 Civic 2 door hatch for $1500 with 156,000 miles on it and its still going strong with 277,000 miles on it. It held up just as well as yours to all of the abuse he gives it and he loves it too. I guarantee you will be able to find a nice one better than his cheap and write a good review on that one too.

1980 Honda Accord 2.0 from North America


Good little car


This car was really reliable and dependable, but it burned a lot of oil and finally the transmission started to go. Parts were cheap and the engine was easy to fix.

General Comments:

I recommend a Honda to any car owner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2001

3rd Aug 2002, 00:15

Simplicity is generally a good thing, however this review does nothing to really inform others.

2nd Apr 2003, 12:53

I owned a 1981 Honda Accord LX Hatchback. This car was the demon spawn. I hated it. But now am the owner of a 1989 Accord and hopefully I'll have better luck. But this is the #4 for a Honda and I would definatly buy another Honda in a heart beat.