1989 Honda Accord Reviews - Page 2 of 19

1989 Honda Accord SE-i coupe 2.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired184000 miles
Most recent distance188000 miles

Summary:

Good little car

Faults:

Power steering line: $36.00.

Windshield wipers: $11.00.

Alternator: $150.00.

Valve cover gasket: $15.00.

General Comments:

I bought the car for $900, and was told the only thing that was wrong was an oil leak, which we fixed.

The people told us it was manual steering, and after further looking into the car, we found that it is power steering, and they just didn't want to mention the power steering line was shot, so we replaced that.

Recently the car wouldn't start without being jumped, and so we got it checked, and it needed an alternator, which we got.

So we've had the car almost 2 months, and this is everything we've fixed so far, not to mention it needs window motors on both sides.

Other than that, the car is great, and I believe we got it for a pretty good deal.

No check engine light, no other strange happenings.

The car is very roomy, which I didn't expect, and it also has has tilt wheel, which I very much enjoy, and it gets great gas mileage, $25 will fill her up.

Overall I'm pretty satisfied.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2010

17th Mar 2010, 18:06

I just got an Accord DX 88 for 400, and it looks like it's gonna need a lot of work. Wikipedia says all the models for the year are fuel injection, but mine looks like it is carburated. =(

20th Mar 2010, 21:59

Wikipedia is wrong. I've owned many Accords, and I can tell you that up until 1990 when the body style changed, they were ALL carburated. If it's got the flip-out headlights, it's gonna be carburated no matter what. $400 sounds like a deal. Depends whats wrong with it really, but in my experience these cars WILL run up to and over 350,000 miles without any major powertrain rebuild. Just basic maintenance. So chances are it's worth fixing.

Plus the overall design was spot-on, as many newer vehicles like my '99 Lumina don't even have some of the interior features and comforts that came standard on the late 1980's Accords. And you can find parts for these things EVERYWHERE. I will always own one of these amazing machines, even if it's just as a secondary car.

10th Apr 2011, 12:44

Guys, the 1989 SEi sedan is fuel injected 2.0 120hp.

5th Feb 2013, 10:30

Actually you're wrong. I own a 1989 Honda Accord LXi, and guess what? It's fuel injected. The "i" in LXi represents the fuel injection. They weren't all carbureted.

1989 Honda Accord Li 2.0 liter carbearted from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter carbearted Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

It's a family car that just wants to run

Faults:

When we bought it, the motor mount was messed up, and when the A/C was on and you were stopped, the car would shake amazingly.

This Japanese car has a crappy radio, but the tape deck works OK.

This car has a new rack and pinion.

The guy who owned the car before us really took care of the car.

General Comments:

The car runs like a champ.

The seats are comfy, but the back seats are cramped, even with the seats all the way up.

I love the car, and I would totally buy another.

I love the flip up headlights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2008

1989 Honda Accord EX-I 2.0L A202 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0L A202 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired295000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Skyhawk

Summary:

All I can say is rust rocket I love this car

Faults:

Well not much really wrong with it other put it into second it tends to jerk a little that's probably cause I tend to red line it before I shift.. like a sports car should be treated. The reverse doesn't work, but its not a overly heavy car so pushing it isn't a problem even tho some shmuck at the transmission shop it could cost anywhere for 850 to 1500 for a used... USED transmission well that's a load of bull cause I can pick one out of pick and pull for 80 bucks and get my friends dad to install it for 200 bucks.

General Comments:

Now as for the good stuff about this car.. its quick off the line heck I BAG on this thing and I only paid 300 bucks for it.. its reliable and no signs of dying.. and I plan on doing the exhaust once the transmission is fixed.. -_- kinda need reverse.

Interior wise.. I love it.. my friend complains cause its so small, but I'm a small guy its just perfect for me. the trunk space is excellent.

Gas wise its insane from Calgary to Kelowna it got me there on HALF a tank.. I just popped it into 5th on the hwy and I was barely touching the gas and she was idling at 100kph.. I loved it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2007

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 70 reviews