1989 Honda Accord DX 2.0 from North America


Best $150 spent on a vehicle


Radiator top cracked at 264,000 miles.

Needed struts when purchased.

Needed upper and lower ball joints when purchased.

General Comments:

Carb idle adjust likes to change on it's own. Set idle, then applied Lok-Tite to screw threads. No more problem!

Transmission grinds a little when going into 3rd gear with clutch all the way in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2005

18th Jun 2007, 07:29

I have a 1989 Honda Accord DX, 5 speed transmission with about 150,000 miles. As I was going down the NJ turnpike my 5th gear went out. I dropped it into 4th and continued on to my destination. I still drive the car daily without using 5th gear. Does this mean my transmission needs to be replaced or is there some other way to fix it without removing and replacing the transmission?


10th Mar 2008, 23:06

Recently had the same problem occur in my 1989 Accord. What did you find out? Is it a shift linkage issue, the syncro, or something else in the tranny. Best solution; is there a way to fix or is a rebuild or replacement necessary?

1st Sep 2008, 13:39

I suspected that the seal on the tranny was leaking a little bit. I checked the oil in the tranny and found it to be low. I topped off the level and noticed right away that the grinding into 3rd had stopped. I suggest you check the tranny oil level or even change it and check for metal shavings and bits of metal. The comment about their 5th gear going out suggests a tranny rebuild or replacement. I've found trannys and engines on e bay. Of the 2nd comment I would check the oil level. If that's alright then look into having it rebuilt or replaced.

1989 Honda Accord DX 4 cylinder from North America


Very reliable, fun to drive, and worth every penny!


New front brake pads once a year.

Parking lights come on when I use the brakes, so do the dash lights.

Front passenger safety belt doesn't always lock into place.

Re-manufactured alternator at 175000 miles.

New tie rods, CV joints, and another re-manufactured alternator at 190,000miles.

Occasionally grinds going into 3rd gear with clutch all the way down.

Replaced all radiator/heater hoses at 195,000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought this car May 2004. They wanted $1,800 for her. I saw her & fell in love. She was in great shape, and it was evident that she was well maintained. I talked them down to $1,200 cash, and in the past (almost) 2 years I feel I got every dollars worth out of her.

I've, since purchase, put 30,000-40,000 miles on her. Drove her from Nebraska to Florida and back without incident. Drove her back and forth through NE, IA, and MO. We've gone driving and camping all over these 3 states together, and I can always count on her. I was also surprised at how comfortable the back seat was when I forgot my tent!

My Honda is fun to drive! I like the way she handles. She's got enough power to get the job done, and I love shifting those gears!

Overall, she's a great car! She's going to hit 200,000 miles by the end of the month, and I'm expecting to drive her at least 100,00 more!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2005

17th Mar 2010, 18:01

If you still read this, how did you get yours smogged? My DX might have a bad emissions control system.

1989 Honda Accord LXi from North America


A great car for someone who can't afford something new


I drove the car for almost a year before anything started going wrong.

I had to replace the radiator.

The air conditioning needs recharging.

New power steering hose.

Front left half shaft replaced.

Fuel pump is starting to go on me now.

General Comments:

Overall I love the car!!

A cup holder would have been very nice, but for $1500 bucks, I can't complain.

It has guts and I like that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2005