1994 Honda Accord LX 2.3 from North America
Kinda trusty, alotta rusty
Erratic cold idle, FITV requires adjustment.
Rear passenger suspension clunks.
Minor HVAC control issues.
SRS light on.
Glovebox fell to the floor, easy fix.
Air filter housing screws excessively rusted, not really a serious issue.
A/C leak, dead A/C compressor not long after (partly why I sold the car, disclosing the A/C issue).
A/C engine bay fan inoperative, turns out it was simply unplugged at some point.
Rust at many corners of the car, windshield, drivers door, rear wheel wells. Further inspection shows quite a lot of bondo work had been done.
Very low quality touch up paint had been used, just get it wet and it'd come off. It had mainly been used on rust in the back, and the miscolored front bumper (maybe 90% of old Camrys and Accords are like this from previous accidents).
Prop rod was no longer "hinged" correctly, weirdly I could not locate its original hole to reattach it. Almost looks like metal had been chiseled out to better get at the headlight bulbs (normally requires one to remove the front end).
Motorized antennae had fallen off; oddly the motor itself still worked fine.
Weather trim was flaking badly everywhere.
Previous owner had to replace the ECU and the exhaust due to rust.
First owners had to replace the transmission at 98k.
Looks good and it drove well despite the age, consistently got 30 MPG.
Oddly the transmission was fairly smooth for me, only when the car was cold around town would it shift rough.
Despite newer tires, going up hills in rain would cause the front wheels to slip out.
The FITV is easy work on fourth gen Accords, on the fifth... just get a later one with OBD II, those do not use a FITV valve.
Compared to the popular fourth gen Accord, the fifth rides better, feels far more solid, and shifts better on the automatic. Turning radius isn't a cruel joke either.
These are decent cars for some, you just need to look out for rust. I've had a 92 Accord and this 94, both had unacceptable rust in the rear wheel wells.
The interior materials are pretty good, I welcome the dash material matching headliner that will never sag. Though the HVAC knobs are made of very thin plastic.
Some parts could be easier to work on, the brakes are well known for being a challenge. Headlight bulbs require one to remove the front end, rear motor mount is a chore, the timing belt requires a great deal of patience (and this is an interference engine).
The short trunk is an awkward shape, sometimes it can be stubborn to lift.
The low stance of the car makes it difficult for taller people to work on.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th June, 2016