1985 Honda Accord Reviews - Page 5 of 8

1985 Honda Accord LX 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Basic transportation for the careful person

Faults:

I noticed that it shakes when sitting at a stoplight when in drive. However, if you turn the air conditioning on at high, this prevents the shakes.

At 99600 original miles after 18 years the radiator popped and head gasket needed to be replaced, as well as replacing radiator and the original hoses. This cost 1300 dollars which might have been better spent on a new car, but it was decided to repair it. The previous owner neglected to tell me that you need to religiously check the radiator and add coolant if necessary. If you get a car like this, pay particular attention to the cooling system (radiator, etc,) although I suppose that's true of any old car.

The orginal cassette deck had to be replaced.

General Comments:

You won't be happy in this car if you are a big person. I am six foot one and it's too small for me.

I don't think the rear seat folds down in the '85 so you can't put stuff in the trunk like a surfboard and have it fit in.

The interior stays nice for 18 years, but the fabric fades and tears easily.

The car does do well on the freeway between 60 and 80 mph, I always think it's fun to pass people driving 30,000 dollar cars, however, if you drive like this you will need to be careful to maintain it more frequently.

There are no airbags, so I would not say this car would be the first choice for a teen driver. Better for a careful person who drives to the shop every other Thursday and regularly services the car every six months.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2003

1985 Honda Accord DX 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Fun, cheap, comfortable, and reliable!

Faults:

The radiator, timing belt, and CV joints all had to be replaced at various times. This was consistent with normal wear and tear.

The body was beginning to show signs of rust when I purchased it, but did not accelerate or advance so much over the 3 years I owned it.

General Comments:

My previous car was an 84 Accord hatchback, and I sold it due to extremely high mileage and advanced rust, only to purchase this car. I no longer have this car due to an accident with a drunk driver (no injuries). I will miss it for it was fun, and reliable!

I cannot say enough good about these cars, between the 2 of them I drove almost 100,000 miles.

Outside of routine suggested maintenance, all I did was change the oil every 3,000 miles. Just keep on top of the maintenance and they are great!

These cars were always predictable and never left me stranded. A GREAT value for a older used car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2003

1985 Honda Accord LXi 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance289000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Good first car for teen

Faults:

Vacuum Leak at 250,000

Other than that, all regular maintenance.

General Comments:

This car is awesome. Bought it for $900, and it is incredible. Never replaced clutch or had any major problems with it. It still has enough power to burn out, and the assisted variable power steering is also very technologically advanced for an 86. One bad thing- 86 was the first year Accords had Electronic Fuel Injection, so the engine has a few rough edges, so examine carefully.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2003

16th Nov 2003, 20:56

You said 1985 was the first year for Accords fuel injected. I have a carbeurated 1985 Sedan. But I believe the 1985 Se-i has fuel injection.

2nd Sep 2004, 00:35

Hi my name is Dave and a friend of mine recently was given an '85 accord with carburetor.I'm curious if you know anywhere I can get a new or refurbished carb for him.I' trying to help restore it with him ant the carb is pretty much all that needs work asight from a few vacuum lines.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks DAVE.

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