1997 Honda Accord VP 2.2 L 4 cylinder from North America
Muffler replaced twice.
B pipe replaced once.
Radiator replaced once.
Power steering pump replaced once.
Front engine mount replaced once.
Outer CV joint boots replaced twice.
Engine cam oil seals replaced once.
A/C refrigerant leak.
Timing belts and water pump replaced three times.
Behold, a fifty-two step preventive maintenance nightmare!!!
Honda recommends replacing the 1997 Accord timing belt every 7 years/105,000 miles. I had the dealer replace the timing belt, balancer belt, working water pump, and accessory belts at 7 years and 35,000 miles.
Just over 5 years and 39,000 miles later, the water pump failed. I had the dealer replace all of the above parts again.
The new replacement pump failed as soon as it was installed! The dealer had to tear down the engine again (since the timing belt drives the water pump, and they are both hidden behind a protective cover along with the balancer belt), cleanup the spilled coolant, and install a second new water pump.
According to the URL link above, it is a fifty-two step procedure.
Only time will tell if it was put together properly the second time around, since the mechanic was probably fatigued by now.
As far as I am concerned, I have bought my last Honda, and have owned three of them.
Critical engine components failed prematurely.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st June, 2010
16th Mar 2013, 04:34
I have owned five of these Accords, three of which have had their cam belts etc replaced, all with no issues at the time or afterwards. For a service that is only required every 100,000 km, I think you are being rather harsh. Yes, it's an expensive bit of preventative maintenance, but usually it's an otherwise painless procedure, and compared to a Subaru or the like, it's actually quite cheap!
16th Mar 2013, 17:24
Virtually all front drive cars are maintenance nightmares. I will no longer buy a car that uses a timing belt, and I try to avoid front drive cars totally. I haven't found any real advantages to front drive, but I've found a ton of disadvantages.