1988 Honda Accord EX 1.6 carb from Finland


Reliable car that seems to run forever!


Power antenna is jammed.

Both front springs broken at 210,000 km.

LEDs and lamps in the ventilation control unit went dark.

Seat belt lock broke on passenger side.

General Comments:

Not the fastest car, but the 1.6 engine still runs like new. Consumes no oil.

The power steering is very light, which I like very much. The gearbox still feels like new.

It is a very comfortable car to drive, and it is spacious. Even adults can sit in the back seat without problems.

Consumes 7 liters per 100 km, which is OK.

In my opinion it doesn't run well on bumpy gravel roads. Maybe the shock absorbers are worn.

Has no rust yet, even if this model is known to have problems with rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2005

1988 Honda Accord LX-i Hatchback 2.0L from North America


This is the best car I've ever owned!


179,260 miles: Clutch explodes while driving home from the dealership, replaced clutch and resurfaced flywheel for $588.

179,320 miles: Brake pads start to squeal.

179,400 miles: Passenger-side CV joint begins creaking.

179,620 miles: Brake pads and rotors replaced; $65.

179,700 miles: Passenger-side CV drive axle replaced; $105.

180,000 miles: Gets hit in a parking lot; front driver-side marker lights and trim shattered.

180,500 miles: Tail lights mysteriously broken one morning, replaced along with marker lights and trim for $137.

180,750 miles: Brother slams passenger door, breaking the plastic shell over latch component. Door now must be slammed to shut, and pulled really hard to open.

181,200 miles: New relay fixes power moonroof; $10.

181,850 miles: OEM front hubcaps break off, replaced all 4 with el cheapo's; $13.

182,200 miles: Temp gauge on dash stops functioning except at idle. Shocks start squaking very badly.

As near as I can tell, the brake lights have never worked. Neither has the dome light, or, for that matter, the horn. I don't like the fuel gauge, which doesn't seem to accurately tell me the true amount of fuel remaining.

General Comments:

I bought the Accord on eBay for $1211 (including TTL). So far, I've paid about $918 in various repairs, and it's been worth every penny.

The 2.0 Litre fuel-injected Honda engine has plenty of power, and I have no problem passing on the highway. I've had it up to about 120 on the loop out here with no problems. The 5-speed standard transmission is very fun to drive and a huge relief after driving a beat-to-hell 1979 Toyota Pickup.

It handles like it's on the proverbial rails; I've never been able to get it to slide. It's very smooth, too, although it sits entirely too close to the ground (about 5 or 6 inches and the closest point). I can't make it over some of the higher speed bumps her because I scrape the bottom of the car.

I average somewhere around 36 mpg in the city, making it perfect for my generally bare wallet.

The seats are very comfortable; I could go out and take a nap in that thing.

I intend to drive it until I die or it dies, and it may yet outlive me...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2005

4th Apr 2011, 21:04

I have 1988 Honda Accord LXI hatchback. I bought it new in 1988. I have 546,000 miles on the same engine, it's a 5 speed trans, which I had to change recently because I let the oil leak out of the transfer case.

This is the best car I have ever owned.

1988 Honda Accord LX 4.0 from North America


A very reliable, comfortable, inexpensive, fuel efficient car


There is a very small oil leak from the valve gasket cover, not hurting anything; the steering wheel is stuck up; interior light went out.

General Comments:

Very fuel efficient, and despite its age it still runs like a dream. It's a very comfortable ride, with great visibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2005

1988 Honda Accord LXi 2.0 liter from North America


I like the car, but I hate automatics


When the car is cold it starts right up, but after the engine has been running and has warmed up it cuts out and the check engine light come on, And when I shut it off it is hard to start.

General Comments:

I like the car even though I bought it for only $200. I like the performance and the sound, even though I can't figure out the problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2005