1998 Honda Accord EX 2.3 4 cylinder from North America


Excellent car


ABS light sometimes randomly goes on and off.

Sometimes the CD player picks and chooses what CDs it wishes to read.

The trunk release button on the keyless remote stopped working.

General Comments:

I LOVE this car regardless of the above mentioned (none of which are too major of an issue in my book).

Got this car in December of 2006 and still have it today... since that time I have put 71,000 miles on it without a hitch!!! NO issues... oil change every 3k, I've changed out the air filter, plugs, wires, just all the usual stuff. I plan on keeping this baby for a LONG time!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2008

1998 Honda Accord VTi 2.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A great Accord that's roomy enough for 4 or 5 people, but still has some go if you push it


Discovered a boot leak once winter set in, the dealer failed to disclose that there had been a minor accident to the back end (as a result, there is some interior rust behind the carpet and the pare wheel was rusting). The small gapping was fixed (with bathroom sealant) just above the light cluster in the boot.

Replaced the tyres 6 months in as they were all cheap korean and chinese of different brands - car feels so much safer now that it has decent tyres on it (Dunlop 300E's, apparently one of their best under AU$200 in a long time).

General Comments:

This is my first car and am pretty happy with it. There have been no major problems with the car, typical Honda reliability. My family have owned 5 Hondas now and always love them.

I did have some problems with the dealer (a Kia dealer selling it 2nd hand) as they tried to rip me off as well as sell me the Accord in bad condition. An RAC check showed that one tyre was illegally worn down, tail lights were out and the 'new' brake pads that were squeaking as they were wearing in... well, the rears had less than 10,000kms left on them, but the front still has about 30,000 left. At least the Honda dealer we go to is great and do a brilliant job.

Unfortunately, I believe this one was made in the USA and suffers some minor quality differences (higher noise than normal in the cabin for this car).

The engine is pretty sedate, but does well when it get above 5000rpm, sounds half decent as well once you get it up there, but not up there with the modern Mazda 6 (nowhere near a WRX). Normal driving gives about 10.5l/100km.

The interior is bright and a nice place to be, coloured in beige upholstery and dash, so much nicer than the standard black you see everywhere on todays cars.

The manual transmission is a bit clunky and the distance between each gear is a fair travel, so 1st gear can be a stretch to get to. At least there is a solid gate pattern so you know where each gear is so you're not fumbling around trying to find it.

The seats are more of an American sit 'on' than 'in' and as a result you don't really feel connected to the car, and can slide across them if you take a corner to fast. The back seat is also comfortable, but is not sculpted to fit a body shape, rather it's a flat bench. Unfortunately, this model didn't get head rests in the back that you can adjust, you just get these small useless 'bumps' on top of the backrest, so long distance passengers should invest in a pillow to use instead. The interior is very spacious, but I do prefer the interior of the Accord before (1993-1997), even thought it was a lot cosier, you sit in the car and it's more comfortable.

Overall a great car that has enough sting when you need it, but does its job as a cruiser and easy driver very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2008