1994 Honda Accord LX 2.3 from North America

Summary:

Kinda trusty, alotta rusty

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1994 Honda Accord LX 2.2 gasoline from North America

Summary:

There's no other car quite like a Honda Accord!

Faults:

Last year, I was having issues with the rotor and coil; finally replaced both, and have had no issues.

Replaced manual transmission slave cylinder.

CV joints/axles need to be replaced.

Currently, the car sits really low. Don't know if it's because of the CV joint issue, or if the car needs shocks/struts or what, but it sits almost as low as a sports car.

Need tires.

General Comments:

Honda makes exceptional cars, and this one is no exception. I've had this Honda for about four years, and besides a few maintenance issues, I've had absolutely no problems. I love Honda Accords; before this one I had a 92 Accord, which I loved just as well, and would buy either one again.

The car handles well, accelerates quickly, stops on a dime, and is pretty comfortable in the meantime. The interior is nice and comfy, the A/C still works fabulously. I would buy this car again in a heartbeat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2012

4th May 2012, 13:51

I agree 100% with you! I currently own a 2002 Accord, and previously had a 1995 Accord with 406,000km, which was running perfectly until it got rear ended and written off. My wife also has a 1992 Accord with 322,000km. All of these cars have been absolutely brilliant!!

Cheers, and enjoy your Accord!!