If I wait until it "dies" to buy another car, I will be stuck in this thing forever!!!
Two motor mounts were bad when I purchased it, and are still bad over 20k miles later. Car still won't quit. I was told by one mechanic that they could be replaced for about $2000. Another mechanic ( who only works on Hondas) told me that most of the Accords he services this old have at least one broken motor mount and are just fine. This was over three years ago.
Replaced water pump and timing belts at approx. 160k miles. Cost less than $500.
Replaced the speed sensor and relay switch at about 150k, for about $200. It seemed like the transmission was going out, so I was not opposed to a $200 fix.
Clear coat has worn off in AZ sun and paint is faded.
Radio antenna broken, tape deck broken. Speakers still OK.
Blinkers didn't work at purchase, have since been fixed for less than $100.
Rubber parts, brake pads, and hoses wear out quickly, but this is the desert.
I am the third owner of this car, originally purchased in New Jersey but now in Arizona. This means the body has some rust and sun faded paint---the best of both worlds.
This car has been incredibly easy to maintain and reliable.
There is evidence that someone has tried to break into it on the driver's door frame. It is high on the list of stolen cars, and it is close to Mexico, but so far so good, I just use a club, and a small red light visible from outside of the car.
I have seen someone flip end over end in the exact same model car going over 50 mph and walk away without a scratch. The car was upside down but looked salvageable.
Has decent response for an 18 year old 4-cylinder, but can be felt straining in terrain that is too hilly.
It's never left me stranded.
Gas mileage could be better, but is very reasonable.
Has a surprisingly huge trunk, and the fold down seats make it easy to move things.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th March, 2009