1996 Honda Accord LX 4 cylinder from North America


The power windows are on the brink. I replaced the driver side motor to find out that the switches are the problem. I had to leave the new motor in because I had cut the cables off the old and apparently good motor. The car only gets about 240 miles per tank of fuel. the tranny shifts hard even though it has new tranny fluid. We had a 92 Accord and it was twice the car this one is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2005

1996 Honda Accord LX 2.2 SOHC from North America




50,000 miles- new brake pads

69,000 miles- new muffler

75,000- new brake pads

100,000- had to replace CV boots

101,000- had to replace axle seal for transmission

102,000- had to replace center pipe

116,000- new brake pads and rotors

118,000- had to replace window regulator and run channel, and switch.

119,000- had to replace blower motor

120,000- had to replace motor mount

145,000- had to replace starter

149,000- had to replace AC condenser motor

153,000- had to replace battery

164,000- new brake pads again

165,000- had to replace front sway bar links

167,000- had to replace exhaust system (Cat-back)

171,000- had to replace windshield wiper transmission (links)

175,000- need struts front and rear; need new wheel bearings, need new fan motor again, need new motor mount again; need another window regulator, transmission slipping.

General Comments:

This was a good car when I first bought it. It was relatively low maintenance and very sleek looking.

Once I hit 100,000, it was one problem after another, some of them re-occurring. I thought a Honda was supposed to go for 250,000 and 300,000 miles.

At the rate that I'm at, it may not be cost efficient to keep mine, nor may my car get to 200,000 miles. Maybe that's why they offer a 100,000 mile extended warranty because all of the problems occur after 100,000 miles. Lots of them. Will probably never buy another Honda. May lease one, but never gonna buy one again. Not worth it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th March, 2005

10th May 2005, 14:45

If that is all you had to replace in almost 180,000 miles worth of driving... I'd be counting my blessings. Spend that amount of time in most other cars, and you'd be begging for the Honda back.

But while Honda makes good, dependable and well made cars... they are still machines and like anything else, need maintenance and upkeep. No matter what car you buy... you're going to be replacing brakes, mufflers, suspensions, seals, batteries, etc. These items simply don't last forever on ANY car. If anyone lead you to believe that the Honda would run 300,000 miles on nothing more than oil changes, then consider yourself fooled.

1996 Honda Accord EX 2.2L from North America


This car is not reliable


Check engine light was always an issue. Replaced engine and all fuel injectors. All oil pan gaskets and valves. Condenser fan motor, timing belt, power steering pump, front motor mounts, oil pan gasket leaked, and rear main oil leaks to name a few. Transmission went bad after new engine was replaced.

General Comments:

This car is very unreliable and expensive to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th November, 2004

5th Feb 2005, 23:53

Problem is... the distributor, plus you driving automatic.

1st Jan 2006, 01:32

Also, you bought an eight year old car. For all you know, it may have had its oil changed every 2 years, like my grandma's Buick, which is not on the road anymore.

1996 Honda Accord LX from North America


A very reliable car with low maintenance costs


Had to get it aligned - Once.

Always seems to have a vibration and after about 4 tries to fix it just decided to live with it. It's better on some tires than others.

General Comments:

This car has been by far the most reliable vehicle I've owned (88 camaro, 94 jeep Cherokee). That's not to say it's been perfect, but I would estimate that the total non-scheduled maintenance for the car in 8 years is less than $500. The driving is predictable and the maintenance costs are low - what more could you ask for in a commuter car. The camaro and jeep were more fun to drive, but not much fun to own (insurance, gas, maintenance, etc.) I live in the South and at least once a year it ices up. The problem with winter weather in the South is that we don't have the equipment to keep the roads cleared. You can get around on icy roads in a rearwheel drive camaro or jeep, but it's so much easier in a frontwheel drive Accord.

Anyways, just wanted to throw my $0.02 in and to the guy with so many Accord problems - Why would you stick with any car that gave you trouble for 100,000 miles? I know there are people that didn't have trouble with their Camaro's, but when I needed to start regularly going to the garage with it -- I sold it (50,000 miles).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2004