1986 Honda Accord DX 4cyd from North America


This is solid, smooth, reliable and cheap car


Driver side headlight keeps blowing fuses. The ac.needs repair.

General Comments:

It has been a wonderful car. the car only had 94000 miles when I bought it. the Honda is in meant condition. I have owned many cars, but this is the cream of the crop. The car drives smooth and strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2003

1986 Honda Accord DX 2.0L from North America


A great, cheap car


When I got the car, the brakes had to be replaced at about 220,000. Cost $269.41 from Honda for Rear Shoe Kit, Front Pad Set, and Front Rotors. Easy to do.

Major tune up at 220,870 - Dist Cap, Rotor, Spark plugs, filters, PCV valve. Cost $297.33. Had done by shop.

Water pump and timing had to be replaced at 223,523. Also, Front driver's side brake line blew out. Replaced both. Total Cost $748.73. Had done by shop.

At 223,032 the oil pan/gasket was replaced. Cost $206.02. Had done by shop.

Car has had intermittent carb. problems. I had vacuum lines scoped, no leaks. Suspect sticky choke. Usually runs fine if it is warmed up for a while.

The rear left upper ball joint is worn and squeaks really bad. Haven't replaced it yet, but soon will.

General Comments:

It's been a good car. This car has more pickup than the LX models and will go much faster. I've gotten up to 120mph in it with no problems. I constantly find myself speeding with it. The paint is GREAT. It is still shiny and is not fading. Interior is pristine, couldn't ask for much better.

Gets good gas mileage, around 400-450 to the tank.

Overall, great car! Once everything is fixed it runs like a champ even nearing 250,000 on original engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2003

1986 Honda Accord LX 2.0 12 valve from North America


This car will never die


The bumper turned white all around the car.

The seams on the top of the rear head rests came apart, but I think I can fix this with a needle and thread easily.

There is a little rust on the body above the rear tires, but I think this was because the car was driven up north for a while (snow and salt).

The throttle seems to stick a little. I went on a long road trip recently and after eight hours of driving it was stuck at 3,000 rpm at idle. I think I can fix this with some lube.

At 211,000 miles my alternator may be going out, but its served its time.

When I first bought it, I had to replace 6 or 7 lamps (brake lights, front parking lights, etc.).

General Comments:

The cars performance is excellent, has a lot more "get up and go" then my mustang had.

The power windows and power door locks all still work. I am amazed that they have survived this long in this car. The power antenna and the cruise control even still work. The stereo also worked, but I replaced it with a newer JVC along with the speakers.

I like the interior because it is very comfortable, although in the newer accords there is more room, but I can live with this model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2003

1986 Honda Accord LXi 2.0L from North America


An unappreciated, lively, loyal machine


Windshield wiper combination switch failure at 200,000 miles.

Rear control arms failed at 180,000 miles.

Exhaust system failure at purchase and 35,000 - 50,000 subsequent miles.

Distributor/rotor/ignition wires constant service required.

Driver's side constant velocity joint failure at 210,000 miles.

Brake master cylinder failed at 200,000.

General Comments:

This inexpensive vehicle has served it's purpose time and time. Mechanical and cosmetic failures can attributed to vehicle age and territory driven.

The big three can't produce an engine that is so worry free and takes so much abuse and neglect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2003

1986 Honda Accord LX-i Standard SOHC from North America


A very high quality yet economical machine


Replaced the clutch myself (I'm not going to pay $800 to replace a $160 clutch on a $1200 car, the labor was worth it!). That was at 201,000 miles and that beast was the original clutch I replaced!

Replaced the thermostat and one warped rotor. All no more than $40.

A leak on the top of the passenger door from a bit of rust causes water to leak on the rear passenger floor. Soon to fix that problem.

Other than that, she has been running great!

General Comments:

When I bought this car for $1200, I found the original owner was apparently the son of the vice-president of Michelin until they moved, then went onto the owner I bought it from who had it from 10th grade till the end of college without one problem except the timing chain being replaced. Since I have had this car, it has been a joy to drive. Being a teenager myself, I am surprised it has held up to the heavy foot all teenagers seem to have :). I highly recommend this vehicle. My next car will be a Honda without a doubt. Keep up the good work guys!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2002

19th Mar 2004, 14:05

I got my car last year with nearly 145,000 miles in it. since I have it, I've replaced oil and filters myself, I don't want anybody else working in my car except me, Anyway, this car is awesome, I bought it for 1,200 bucks I haven't made modifications to my car except with genuine Honda parts, because I've found that when you make modifications to the engine, the life of it is shorted. my car has an manual transmission I've raced Acura, Toyota, and even Corvette, I lost that time, but it has a great performance and a good stability at high speed rate, it reaches nearly 60mph in less than 7 sec I recommend it I know it's almost 20 years of age, but if you keep it in a very good shape it's going to last a long time. now it's almost nearly 180,000miles because I've traveled all over the country with it and still is in a good shape. I admire Honda Engineering staff.