1987 Honda Accord LX 2.0 from North America


Too good to be true,... or is it?


This is my first car, I just got this car from my neighbor:

Manual transmission broke at 228.357, cost 250.00 to repair.

Air conditioner broke, will repair.

Brake pads changed, 50.00.

RPM started going extremely high for no reason at all, at 229.000, fixed for $0.

General Comments:

I love this car, first of all it is very reliable and fast in low gears.

This car lives in high RPM's, three to four thousand when driving a slope.

Very economical, 30mpg!

Handles corners very well and gains speed fast.

What makes this car even greater is that it's a manual, not an automatic. Way more fun to drive.

Gas pedal is located uncomfortably, so you have to flex your foot all the time, but you do get used to it.

Seats are comfortable and low, I like it.

A little more horse power would not hurt.

The problem that occurred to it was that it started getting wild RPM's for no reason, and the longer it worked, the more they grew!From 2 thousand to 3, just standing. Then it would just die, an if you didn't press the clutch, the car would just stop. I thought it was the end of the line for my "Quality Japanese Car"

How I fixed the problem: Some Honda Accords start getting wild RPM's and shanking that no one knows how to fix, but before getting rid of your Honda, disconnect the computer from the engine. Locate a black box under the hood in the top left corner, open the side with a flat screw driver, disconnect all wires, close box. Let car run, and in about a week RPM's should go back to normal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2004

9th Jan 2008, 22:25

Hi, I have an 87 accord sitting unused for a while now, due to the exact same RPM problem. Some times it will race out of control, other times it will not hold idle. I will try your fix. How did you ever come up with it?

Thanks, John.

1987 Honda Accord lxi 4 cylinder from North America


The most reliable and cool looking older car


The light to check the fuel injection system goes on indiscriminatly.

Wires in the pop up headlight are easy to break.

General Comments:

The car still drives great; no problem with acceleration.

It starts with no problem.

Still all factory parts.

Everything works: all the accessories work like brand new.

It has power sunroof, power windows, power locks, pop up lights, retractable antenna and power steering.

By far the best old car, and I got for only 1k.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2004

1987 Honda Accord LX 2.0 gas from North America


Great car, but inspect it well..


Slight shake at idle. Became much worse in the few months I owned it.

Water pump failure.

Float valve O-ring failure.

Oil leaked from every seam of the motor.

General Comments:

I bought an Accord because of their great reputation.

However, it developed a terrible vibration that no mechanic could diagnose. At stop lights, you could actually see the hood shaking! I had the motor mounts replaced, timing adjusted, carburetor calibrated - all to no avail.

I eventually sold it for quite a bit less than what I had paid for it.

Regardless, I still became quite attached to the car. It was nimble, great on gas, comfortable and rode very well for a car of it's size.

Though it was a money pit, I think it is best to blame the previous owner for it's ills. It just wasn't well taken care of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2003

1987 Honda Accord LX-i Hatchback 2.0 SOHC PGM-FI from North America


An inexpensive bargain that you will love to drive


Air conditioning needed to be recharged when the car was purchased used. The system only had a quarter charge left.

The rear right upper control arm needed replacing.

The muffler and rear exhaust (all one piece) were replaced.

The gasket around the top of the block needed replacing. Until I had it repaired, the car cooked off oil that seeped out. It made for some interesting some effects.

The gaskets on the tail lights are going, and water ends up inside the lens after a heavy rain.

The EGR subsystem has problems at times, and causes the check-engine light to illuminate. I've had this fixed at various times, but the problem keeps reoccurring.

The struts holding the hatch open were replaced.

The radio reception is terrible, and I can't get AM stations. The speakers are slowly failing.

The thermostat stuck open in the middle of the coldest week of winter, leaving me without heat until I could get it replaced.

Despite all of the above, the car has *never* stranded me. Nothing serious has ever gone wrong, and most of the maintenance is fairly routine.

General Comments:

The car has good handling, and decent performance due to its light weight (2455 pounds with automatic transmission).

The looks are somewhat dated, but that can't be helped.

I get about 28 MPG with my driving style, which isn't exactly sedate.

The read seat has a surprising amount of room for such a small car.

The seats aren't bad, but they could be more comfortable. Being able to flip down the rear seats is great for moving large objects.

The hatch can fit an amazing amount of stuff - I managed to get a gas barbecue grill home with the trunk closed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2003