1985 Honda Accord SE-i 1.8 I-4 from North America
Fast comfortable basic transportation
Headlights failed (wiring problem)
Rear passenger door doesn't open.
Power windows failed.
Power sunroof switch failed.
Complete brake failure.
Parking brake failed.
Front suspension failure.
This car has the original engine in it with 240K miles on it and does not use any oil, it starts every time runs out beautifully and the transmission works perfectly. However basicly every other component on this car has failed and since they only made the SE-i in 1985 and in another generation in 1989 it extremely difficult and expensive to get parts for it. I love this car, but can no longer justify spending any money to fix the ever growing list of problems.
Out of 18 cars I have had in the past 10 years this is the one that has been the most fun to drive, the power out of the 1.8 is amazing, the handling is great and the leather seats are very comfortable.
As I said with the other 5 Honda's I have owned this is my last Honda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th January, 2004
Let me get this straight. You bought a car with 210,000 miles on it and you dare complain about the growing list of problems? WAKE UP!!! Any car regardless if it is a Honda or Nissan or Toyota or what is gonna have it's fare share of problems at over 200,000 miles. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Japp. cars. Especially Honda's. One of these days I'm going to get my hands on a 93 Accord.
Let me clarify why I "dare" complain about this car. My previous Honda's have all had over 300,000 miles on them and never had the amount of problems that this one has at 240,000 miles, that includes my 1977 Civic that finally rusted to death at over 600,000 miles. Compared to my previous Honda's this one was a lemon.
Please clarify something for me.
You say you owned a total of 6 Honda's, and you had problems with ONLY ONE of them? That is an 83% success rate. I'd say that's excellent. That is why I'm saddened by the fact that you are giving up so easily on Honda's. In my opinion, you got a lemon, which is rare, but not impossible in Japanese cars.