1998 Honda Accord VTi L V6 3.0 petrol V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Better than it looks, and excellent value for money
Transmission completely failed at 105,000 km. Garage said the clutch plates on this model were too small, and were beefed up to industrial strength on the next version (2003).
Two engine mounts needed replacement at 152,000 km.
Driver's window jammed at 140,000 km.
Driver's door inside opener lever broke at 145,000 km.
Other than the transmission failure, a super reliable, super comfortable car, with a very good engine for the period (late 1990s).
Fit and finish of the interior is very good, and has worn extremely well. Paint slightly dodgy though - aubergine colour and is fading on the bonnet (hood).
I've carefully measured economy on highway trips, and get 31 imperial mpg (26 US miles per US gallon). Good by 1998 standards - I generally travel around 110 kph (68 mph) and pass everything I can.
The engine is as sweet today as when I bought it. Uses around 100 ml of oil per 1,000 km, but until around 140,000 it used none. I've always changed the oil and filter myself at around 10,000 km.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2011