1986 Honda Accord LX 2.0, Inline 4 from North America


The car is worth the repairs


Head resurfaced.

Head gasket.




Grand Total= $1,000.

General Comments:

This car sat in a family members front yard for three years before I asked if I could have it. I received the car for free, and sent it to the shop to get fixed. The car has a decent amount of rust on it, but coincidentally, the interior is in perfect condition. I put $1,000 into it and the car runs like a dream. Like I previously stated, the car looks pretty ugly with the rust and faded paint, but when you're driving it, it seems like a new car. I love this car and hopefully it will continue to run well. My '99 Tahoe is always broke down, so I depend on this car more than that. Great car overall, so far, so good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2008

1986 Honda Accord LX 2.0L 12-Valve from North America


Outstanding little vehicle A+


The heater core located under the center dashboard started leaking. The problem was fixed by bypassing the heater core, thus disabling cabin heating.

Paint is starting to wear away.

General Comments:

I love this car. IF YOU MAINTAIN YOURS, IT WILL LAST A LONG TIME! Just do simple things periodically, like cleaning the carb with spray cleaner, changing the oil and filter, running carb/jet cleaner in your gas, and buying a tank of premium every once in a while, and this car will run for a LONG time.

I would highly recommend buying this car.

*** Beware - the timing belt, alternator, and transmission are the most common and expensive things that need to be fixed. As long as these are changed or serviced recently, you can rest a lot more comfortably that your purchase was a good one.

I hope that helps!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2008

1986 Honda Accord LX A20A2 from Trinidad and Tobago


After changing three cars, this one is "irreplaceable"


Suspension a bit noisy.

Interior needed to be redone.

Speedometer cable broke.

Right front door glass goes up short by 1 inch approx. then gear slips loudly.

When shifting gears upward and gearing down, third gear makes a short grating sound.

Gearbox makes howling sound when driving with fifth gear engaged.

When braking from approx. 70- 80 km/h front of car vibrates heavily.

General Comments:

This car sits on corners at almost any speed.

The classiest low profile car I've owned.

When parts are changed you're sure to get a few more years service from this car.

This car runs like a devil and stays on the road.

Parts are a little difficult to source, and a bit expensive, but I'm not letting go this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2007

1986 Honda Accord LX 2.0 from North America


Honda --- Built Tough


Air conditioner has never worked; had been completely cut out of car when I got it. Not sure why.

Trunk seal leaks -- which is bad in Oregon; everything gets wet, sometimes so bad that it gets all the way to back seat and people sitting in seat get wet.

The engine fan hasn't worked. I have a toggle switch to turn on the fan. I can't stay running while sitting somewhere or else I risk over heating. I have never overheated though, but the temp gauge has went all the way up before.

Like any car, I've had to replace tires, entire brake system, spark plugs, clutch, fuel pump, alternator, etc etc. I don't know what kind of condition this car was in prior to me owning it, but I trust that this car will continue to last for me. I've kept up on all of the maintenance. I just ordered shocks for the rear and a catalytic converter.

When my clutch went out, the whole thing just broke; it's hard to explain without drawing a picture, but basically where the entire pedal bracket is held into a place by a couple of bolts split. We had to take the whole steering wheel assembly apart just to weld back together this metal thing.

Unexpected things: Turn signal switch.

Small oil leak. White smoke pours out when car is started (but only for first minute).

The radiator use to leak, but that was because I needed a new water pump.

General Comments:

This is a small car, so things are harder to get to. When I had to replace my alternator, we had to take out the whole left axle to get to it.

This car has never had anything majorly go wrong with it where it left me stranded somewhere, which I am very thankful for.

If your in a bumper to bumper accident, more than likely your headlights will point in wrong direction and have great difficulty closing. I'm glad there is a switch so I can choose to keep them up all the time. (this car has flip up headlights)

If your turn signal switch goes out, you have to replace the whole mechanism that controls the switch on the other side of the steering wheel (your wind shield wipers, etc); so instead of being a $30 part, it's a $100 part, not including labor.

I like this car because it's reliable, even after 200,000 miles. Honda's are known to last up to 500,000 miles. I get high gas mileage; and 98% of the stuff I've fixed is all regular maintenance. My husband beats the crap out of this car, and it still is strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th August, 2007

30th Jun 2008, 17:11

I am the same person that left this original review; thought I'd leave some more details:

Shortly after I left this review, the rear ball joint broke on the left back tire (so my tire went slanted instead of up and down). But again, this car is 22 years old, and those kind of things are expected.

In the past month, if the car is heated up to normal engine temp, and then shut off, it dies when I start it back up, but I don't have this problem at night or on cold days, just on the warm/hot days. If I heat up my car, I know I need to make sure I'm going to be at my location for at least 3 hours for the engine to cool down. If I don't heat my engine up to normal temp, I can make errands as long as I don't heat it up fully.

But last night it died when it had been sitting all day, so it's at the shop to be looked at now. We are guessing it's either a carb or fuel pump problem. This is the first time I have ever had this kind of problems with this car. Making me wonder if I should just get a new car.

I paid $800 for it originally, and spent well over a grand to keep it going. I'm not going to get my money back at this point, especially since there is a dent in every panel.

This car runs great, it's cheap to fix, labor is easy, but I think I'm gonna sell it after I fix this problem, while it still runs good, before something else goes wrong.

21st Oct 2011, 12:13

Replace fuel relay. Common easy fix.