1990 Honda Accord LX 2.2 from North America


Excellent first time buy


Drivers side Lower ball joint recently came out while driving. Luckily going slow in parking lot. Does this ever happen while traveling at high speeds? Replaced driver side CV Joints for $160 (parts). Expect to replace passenger CV Joints soon.

Alternator started dying while I was driving back from camping. I was able to make it home under battery power, just barely. Replaced alternator, and eventually battery. I am running 2 amps for Sub and speakers, so this wasn't Honda's fault.

Was rear ended by full size van traveling at 60 Km/h, while I was stopped. There is suprisingly little damage to the vehicle probably due to the fact that he hit me where the frame connects to the rear bumper. Still able to close the trunk!

Rust issues around back of rear wheel wells.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable car I have ever owned, and fun to drive too. It really was built like a tank. I expect to keep driving it well into the 300k's.

I knew the complete history of the car when I bought it (well serviced at the same dealership it's whole life), so this is likely why she is still running in mint condition, engine wise.

Only maintenance I do is lube every 5000-10000 k's. Doesn't burn any oil.

Excellent reliable first car if history is known. I'd recommend for sure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

1990 Honda Accord LX 2.2 from North America


One heck of a reliable machine!


First problem, the car was affected by a nearby lightning strike, causing me to replace some sensors and such in the car, not too expensive.

After that, I had the gas tank and radiator replaced on the vehicle.

Brakes done twice, exhaust numerous times.

Never had a transmission problem, or electrical other than the lightning.

Most recently, but not fixed yet;

Both inside front door handles have broken, swapped them with the rear, since not many people ride in the back.

Car tends to rust out quickly on the quarter panel (rear wheel well area) (happens on a lot of 90-93 Accords)

Blower motor has died on the car, causing no heat to blow out of the dash when the heater fan is turned on.

Alternator had some major problems, that seem to have fixed themselves after a while, believe it or not...

Other than those, that's just about all that I can think of.

General Comments:

This car is definetly very reliable, quick when you need it to be, and very economical.

Excellent on gas.

The only downside is the incredible cost of replacement parts for this vehicle, but, I'd imagine the money you save on gas and repairs and reliability over time, that this car practically pays for it self when it needs somtehing done on it.

In conclusion, this is an amazing car, can encounter it's normal problems over time, but it is extremely reliable, even when you drive it hard and to red-line many times for some fun. It's awesome.

I would have given it a 10/10, but the repair costs tend to be high for this year/make of car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2004

1990 Honda Accord EXR 2.0L from North America


A complete disaster $$$$$


I do not know where to start!

Engine went at 220, 000 kms.

Multiple brake jobs, too many to count.

Power window broken.

CD player broke.

Replaced heater knob twice.

Bad design... overheated 3 ignition coils. This caused car to shut down with no warning often on the highway!!

Wiring malfunctions... replaced O2 sensor 2 times.

Timing belt tensioner 2 times.

Power steering pump seized.

Alternator malfunction.

Replaced radiator and fan relays.

General Comments:

Would like to say this was a good car because in general they are quite 'reliable'. This was a 90 accord EXR.

I have put so much money into this car. If my husband was not a mechanic and did not have access to wholesale parts I would have sold it a long time ago.

I have finally realized that it is a complete lemon and I should have realized this sooner, but it was nice to drive and had all the trimmings.

I am always surprised when I hear all of the good ratings and wonder if I am just that one rare unlucky owner.

My husband did not like working on this vehicle it was a pain. Just to do the timing belt it was an extensive job.

This car was also very noisy on the road and shifted rough.

Beware parts for these cars are expensive and you may need many.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th January, 2004

13th Jan 2004, 15:25

Come on, a "disaster" at this mileage? This review reads like someone who just bought a $40,000 Benz. You can't drive around in a car that's worth 800 bucks due to its age and mileage, and then play the scorned consumer because things are breaking on it.

3rd Mar 2004, 15:08

I am a very happy owner of a 1990 Accord and have been very satisfied with all aspects of the vehicle. Some of the comments I read which were negative sound fictional. Of course the power steering will seize if it runs out of fluid or the wrong lubricant is used. That is simple neglect. I am definitely sold on the quality, looks, performance and reliability, Etc. I would not hesitate to purchase another.