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.
This car is amazing, the bargain of the Century.
You just cannot kill a Honda.
We use this Car as a Delivery Vehicle and it certainly has proven to be a great choice.
The Interior is as new, The seats are still extremely supportive with no signs of sagging.
There are also no Interior rattles anywhere.
I only paid $2250 for this Vehicle and it will easily go to 300k plus miles.
I say this because I managed to get a Saturn SL2 to 283k miles and that Motor was never as smooth or as strong as my F22A1 Honda Lump.
I bought this Honda because I used to own various Honda/Yamaha/Kawasaki Motorcycles in my Native England.
The 1999 Honda Fireblade that I had the very great pleasure of riding was the best of the bunch, requiring very little maintenance even after a serious track day outing.
The Fourth Generation Honda Accord is highly sought after by those in the know.
Do not be put off by the age of these vehicles if you can do your own work 95% of the time then the running costs are not a prohibitive factor.
These Old Accords are expensive to buy compared to the usual junk for one reason ;you pay for the Over Engineering.
Parts Prices are reasonable if you shop around on the Internet.