1985 Honda Accord Reviews - Page 3 of 8

1985 Honda Accord 1.8 liter from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 liter Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired258000 miles
Most recent distance265000 miles

Summary:

Honda's quality is evident in this car!

Faults:

Just a few expected repairs... New parts are very cheap, and replacing them was fairly simple with the help of repair manual and boyfriend!

Alternator.

Distributer (done myself!)

Breaks.

Head-gasket.

Fuel Pump.

Water Pump.

Heater Core.

The cost for replacement parts in total has been about $400. Not bad considering the car was free!

General Comments:

This has been an excellent car for a college girl. Cheap to maintain, great gas mileage (23/25 mpg) Not the hottest car in the parking lot, but its fun to drive (surprisingly quick!). 260000 miles on the engine/transmission, and still running like a champ. Also, the car is simple to work on, almost anyone who has some basic understanding of autos and a repair manual can fix the minor problems I have had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2005

14th Dec 2005, 00:48

So, are you saying that you had a head gasket job done for under $400???

1985 Honda Accord LX 4 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles

Faults:

We have had to replace the fuel pump, but that was easy to do. We went to the public library, borrowed the book that told how to fix it. It cost $60.00 for the pump and less than 1 hour of time to install it!

General Comments:

I bought this car as a winter "beater" because my Cougar handles so poorly in the snow. I drive this car more often than my real car.

This car handles well in the snow and slush.

I feel confident and safe while riding and driving it.

I am amazed at all the power options this car came with for the year 1985.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2004

6th Jun 2006, 06:44

I want to change my fuel pump on my 1985 accord, but cannot find where pump is located on car.

9th Jul 2006, 23:05

Fuel pump replacement: Test first. With the driver door open, crank the car. You should hear a clicking noise from behind the left rear tire. The pump is located forward of the left rear wheelwell. To remove, you don't have to take the tire off, it just makes it easier to get at, unless you have access to a lift. Jack car securely, remove left rear tire, and just forward of the wheel opening on the underside of the car is the pump. It has a cover over it held on by 2 10mm screws. Be sure to replace the filter while you are there.

1985 Honda Accord LX 1.8 non fuel injected from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 non fuel injected Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Good reliable transport continued

Faults:

This is an update from previous posting of good reliable transport in 2002.

Since then the muffler has been replaced.

More rust has appeared in the areas mentioned previously. Using a rust kill paint has stopped it spreading, but it is very hard to stop in the roof under the rubber strips.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable and never has any problems come warranty of fitness time.

It is still running well and I think the body may go before the motor. The car has been rustproofed, but that hasn't stopped it going in the same places. I have noticed other accords to be the same.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

1985 Honda Accord EXs 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired186000 kilometres
Most recent distance198000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 360

Summary:

A very reliable rust-bucket, economical if you don't count the repairs

Faults:

Alternator failed TWICE in one year, it's only a matter of time before it happens again.

Rust is a constant problem - On metal plates between rear lights, bottom corners or rear window, at top, sides & bottom of door frames, roof...

Wires to pop-up headlights badly designed, chafe & short causing headlights to stop working.

General Comments:

Overall, very reliable - I haven't had any trouble with the engine, gearbox, steering, heating/air-con etc.

CV joints have worn out, I've replaced one - the other one makes a lot of noise, but is still going strong 4000km later.

5 speed gearbox seems very jerky - may be caused by worn out wheel bearings, as changes are smoother at higher speeds.

Decent ground clearance and good protection of sump & exhaust - will go just about anywhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd February, 2004

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 29 reviews