1987 Honda Accord LXi 2.0 from North America


I do believe these are great reliable cars. I just happened to get an abused one :(


A month after I got it, the knuckle on the axle broke causing the wheel to turn inward under the car ($250).

The radiator, thermostat gasket, and heating coils all blew on New Years Eve.

In the past 5 months the car has been towed 7 times because no one could figure out what was wrong with it. Some times the car would start and sometimes it wouldn't.

The whole fuel system had to be replaced due to rust caused by gallons of water in the gas tank. This would have been a fixable problem had the previous owner not duct taped a rust hole in the fuel line, that we did not know about. We found this out after repeatedly taking it to mechanics who couldn't figure out what caused the initial problem.

After this the car ran wonderfully again, but has since started to go into shock or something, being that after driving 20 minutes on the expressway, the car won't go more that 10mph.

General Comments:

I believe that had the previous owner not used duct-tape to fix something that duct-tape will actually not fix, the car would be fine.

The interior and exterior are perfect.

However, I really like the car, but I often hate it for the unexplainable and seemingly unfixable problems that arise.

Maybe it was made on a Monday or Friday.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2001

1st Jun 2002, 12:56


Your current problems may be related to vacuum.

These are strange problems, very strange problems...

What I'm thinking here is that the vacuum is not being properly bypassed once it gets up to temp.

4th Jun 2003, 22:50

I own a honda Prelude. It's a 1984 model. It is good driving around town, but once I get on the open road and sit on 80 kms for about 5 minutes the temp. is hot. What is the cause of this. I have replaced the water-pump, the therostat, checked for a cracked head, added 2 litres of anti-freeze, but it still gets very hot.

1987 Honda Accord LX 2.0 from North America


Cheap in-city transport


Rear wheel supports rusted and failed.

Alternator lazy, not charging the battery well enough. Battery flat in mid-winter.

Front CV joints.

Fuel filler cap area has terrible rust.

General Comments:

Cheap, with a reliable engine.

Interior is still perfect.

Recommended to those looking for a car to last 'till you can afford a better one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2001

1987 Honda Accord LXi 4 cylinder fuel injected from North America


If it would only die, I'd have an excuse to buy a new car


One fuel injector failed at 65,000 miles; stopped buying cheap gas and the other three injectors are still fine.

Needs a new clutch every 70,000 miles.

Replace the brake rotors every 80,000 miles.

Air conditioner quit in 1994 (90,000 miles); requires a new compressor and refit for new coolant (originally used freon gas which is no longer available). Expensive repair.

Factory stereo filed at 100,000 miles.

Hydraulic lifts that hold up the hatch back door failed at 110,000 miles.

Cruise control quit at 150,000 miles.

Dashboard clock stopped in 1994, but mysteriously started working again in 1999.

General Comments:

I bought this car in 1988 for $11,750 used. As of 2001 I still own it and drive it every day.

If basic maintenance is done it just won't die. It starts after sitting for three weeks or in any temperature.

Engine seems to run a little hotter than in years past.

After 14 years, very little rust but paint finish gone (needs a repaint).

The old thing costs me about $800 a year in maintenance (including oil changes) and that's a lot cheaper than car payments.

At 178,000 miles, still original transmission. No apparent problems, but instinct tells me I'm on borrowed time there.

Still good acceleration and top end though speeds over 90 MPH make me a little nervous.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2001

3rd Jun 2001, 21:50

I just bought a Honda Accord '87 LXi a month ago for 500$. It runs great and it has excellent gas mileage, mine runs about 21 MPG. I did a couple of things to it:

Removed the speed governor. LOL

Bored out the pistons.

And a couple of other *cough* illegal *cough* tricks, and I can now get it up to 144. Yes I said 144MPH, that was not a typo.. I have fallen in love with this car and I plan to keep it as long as I can... although it has 205K miles on it.. LOL, it still runs great.