The Car needed a new Speed Sensor prior to me purchasing the vehicle.
The Car Dealer paid this cost.
I even got him to Replace the Plastic Radiator at his own cost as I spotted a minor crack in the Radiator Plastic that was oozing a minute amount of Coolant.
Shortly after purchase I had to replace the Fuel Pump, Fuel Filter, Transmission Computer.
This was not the Cars fault as my wife drove it across some very high water!
The only time we almost broke down was when one of the Heater Hoses decided to leak. However the Car still got us home.
I then decided that not knowing the History of this Car to replace every rubber hose.
I have now done nearly 50,000 Miles in a year with no significant or unexpected problems.
I do however maintain the hell out of my Cars.
I change the Transmission Fluid each 7,000 Miles and I only ever use the Genuine Honda ATF Fluid.
The Transmission still runs like the day I bought the Car.
I replaced the P.C.V Valve.
Now I am going to take it off the road and replace the following parts;
New Distributor just $120,
Fuel Filter $20 Genuine Honda Part,
Front Brake Rotors $15 Each,
Spark Plugs NGK $3 Each,
Front Brake Pads $27,
Rear brake rebuild including Cylinders and New Drums $160.
I also now need a new Hood and Chrome Grill as I recently hit a Deer!
This will run me $150,I shall use my Air Compressor and Spray this myself.
I hit this large Deer at 60 mph and that is the only damage!
The deer did not fare too well, I witnessed it flying through the air in three seperate pieces!
The paintwork needs some minor spraying in places this is due to the previous owners lack of care.
The car is based in Central Texas, however there is a large R. V Bracket on the front end. So this car has probably seen all kinds of weather.
It is rust free including the Rear Arches, a common Honda Accord Rusting Point.
It is a testament to the overall build quality that after an Accident the Frame is not even kinked let alone twisted.
I have checked the Wheel Alignment and it is 100% even after the Accident.
A Friend of mine has a 1992 Honda Accord Sedan that rolled over 6 times at 70 MPH. The vehicle was obviously severely damaged. Yet he was able to just crawl out of the window! He did not have so much as a scratch on him.
I have had to replace one of the Window Regulators, to be expected at this age and mileage.
This is no big deal considering I only paid $70 for the Brand New Regulator which did include a Brand New Window Motor also.
I replaced the Rubber Window Channel also,$5 at a local Wrecker Yard.
To sum up I have spent a total of $1800 for 50,000 Miles of Motoring with Zero Car Payments,This equates to a little over $350 for each 10,000 miles or the average annual mileage for most people.