1997 Honda Accord SE 2.0 from UK and Ireland
A slow burning love affair..
Driver's side electric window fault (glass riser mechanism is made of thin metal, which can bend if glass sticks to the rubber slightly (tree sap etc). This is a common fault (about £35 + labour to get replaced). Once it's bent, it loses a lot of strength, so don't waste money/time on removal and straightening. Trust me!
Front & rear brake pads replaced.
Aircon not working (re-gas I think).
Small rust patch developing on OSR arch.
Electric aerial broke (possibly vandals?)
Headlights starting to look a bit 'foggy'.
Interior mists up in wet weather (leak?)
Paid £800 six months ago for this - one owner, FSH 80k example. So a good 'un I hope! (CE8 model)
Seems reasonably brisk, but hardly stellar.
Fuel economy is no better than 30mpg, whatever you do.
Bloody impossible to park without craning your neck over the large rear end (boot), and I have used the bumpers for their purpose more than once unfortunately!
Quality of interior is quite good compared to feel of a friend's W reg Mondeo. Side by side, the Accord is clearly more 'quality'.
Driving seat is not the most 'ache free' I've encountered (I was spoilt by a previous car perhaps).
Plastic 'wood effect' on centre dash is a little too Rover territory for my tastes (shared heritage).
Looks dated when parked beside a 6th Gen Accord (but I actually prefer my 5th Gen on looks).
Would love to know if the F20Z1 SOHC non VTEC engine comes to life in higher rev bands like the VTEC apparently does @ 4000+ rpm...
Fantastic reputation for these UK (Swindon built) Accords, which actually adds something to the delight of ownership.
TOP TIP - Servicing parts are best bought online, and then simply pay a garage for labour if not DIY. (I have saved £70 on pads and discs alone by avoiding their mark up!)
Silver paint work looks really good compared to other base colours. IMO.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th May, 2011