1981 Honda Accord Hatchback 1.6 from North America


A Japanese classic that I like!


Normal maintenance. I did change the front calipers. Hard to start when the engine is between cold and hot. Parts are now hard to get!

3 speed tranny is the worst part of the car. Dependable, but is shifting hard sometime and the engines rev pretty high on highway (4000 rpm at 60 miles/hour). O/d is missing :)

General Comments:

This car has been well pampered and garage kept. Has not rust at all since it's been undercoated many times. Majors components are working fine and the car is dependable. Now considered as a collector car, I used it only in nice Summer days. Low miles: 65 000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2009

5th Nov 2009, 17:28

I agree, Honda makes a great car. Back in the day I had an ugly brown '83 Accord hatchback, we called it "the cockroach" LOL but man was that thing reliable. Mine had the 5-speed which is the way to go, it was quite peppy (the automatics blunt the engine performance). Mine was even involved in a high-speed chase, in which a newer Monte Carlo rear-ended me and attempted to run (he barely pushed my bumper in! That lil Honda was a tank!). I chased him a mile or 2 and was able to catch up to him (barely), I got his license plate number and called the cops (they got him on felony hit-and-run and DUI).. Man what a car. Needless to say, I'd buy another Honda in an instant.

1981 Honda Accord LX 1.8L OHC inline 4 carb from North America


Good car, small car, works OK, but not without coolant


Frost plug worked loose. Engine blew a head gasket.

Rotors warped prematurely a couple of times.

Car would stall at random.

Rust ate out the area under the driver's seat.

The seats had degraded badly when we were done with it.

General Comments:

This little silver car did a good job filling a small-car spot in our yard. It would start more often than not, and even when it stalled, it would be easy to get running again quickly.

It could take a lot of stuff, but was uncomfortable, especially when sharing the seat with stuff that wouldn't fit in the trunk. The black cloth seats were worn to tatters when we were done with it. The radio was okay, but going.

This was mainly my dad's car, so it racked up a lot of kilometers going to and from work, and going on farm calls. One time it even pulled a truck to town. This car was with our family a short time, but I don't recall it ever being a problem. We sold it for a pair of tires for another car of ours.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2009

1981 Honda Accord LX 1.8 Gasoline from North America


The car just needed a little love


The problems it had when I bought it:

Carburetor, tie rods, right axle/CV joint, timing belt and alternator belt, radio, A/C, defrost, rear wiper, seats torn, and RUSTY body.

Problems now:

Radio, A/C, defrost, rear wiper, seats torn, and RUSTY body. But I don't think I will even bother with those.

General Comments:

I bought it for $200 and have replaced:

Carburetor, tie rods, timing belt, alternator belt, axle, gas cap, distributor cap & rotor, spark plugs and wires.

The owner before me did nothing but change the oil, so of course when I got the car, it was in shambles. Sputtered, backfired and drove terribly.

After taking it to a Honda specialist and spending $1500 on parts and labor (over 3 months and some things I did myself), the car runs like its brand new!

My little Honda is reliable and pretty fast (for having only 70HP or so), and gets 27mpg in the city (even though I do drive with an iron fist and a lead foot).

In short this car isn't just a member of the family, it's my baby. I love my Honda as if it were my child, and I will never get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2008