Absolutely nothing went wrong with this car for the first 30,000 miles I drove it.
Around 155,000 it started making a clunking sound in rear wheel well on sharp turns, prob a strut? (never fixed it)
About 160,000 it started idling high on its own, about at 3'000 rpms, then rpm started bouncing around. Changed the O2 sensor, still did it, but after about a month it stopped all together and never did it again.
Around same time the ignition switch broke. Fixed that.
Did front brakes at 165,000.
Then around 175,000 the alternator started going bad.
I need to say that this is the greatest car I have ever owned as far as, reliability, fun to drive, and gas mileage. Saying that I owned two Honda before, both automatic, and I'd say always buy the manual Honda, way fun. I have a Volkswagen Jetta now, 1996, nice car, but I hate it and I wish I still had my little green Honda accord hatch back to beat. I never really took good care of it, changed the oil late, and ignored minor things, but this car kept on ticking. In 2001, my garage caught on fire and my Honda was parked next to it, melted the light in front, cracked the windshield, and melted the driver side mirror. I had a Diamante at the time which was torched and the good 'ol Honda that had been sitting for a few months started right up and kept me on the road.. I ended up buying my Jetta a couple months later and let me say I regret the day I sold my 87 Honda accord hatch back. Even though it had sat for months it started right up when I sold it. Awesome engine, indestructible it almost seems. I miss it and I've thought many times of selling my stupid 96 Jetta and buying another Honda, even if its 10 years older.