11th Jan 2003, 19:01

Wow, that is the first bad thing I ever heard about the '96 4 cyl Accords. Mine is a 96 5 speed with 150k miles and with regular maintenance (as recommended in the manual), my car is running great. Only replaced basic parts and lots of oil changes. Make sure you do the 90k belt replacement and water pump. Great car, I guarantee will make it to 200k with no major problems. You have to take care of you car.

8th Mar 2004, 13:46

There will be negative reviews no matter what kind of car it is. Overall, the 90-97 4-cylinder Accords are two of Honda's most reliable generations. Clearly, there are many more positive reviews than there are negative. I too own a 1996 Honda Accord with the 2.2 4-cylinder and automatic. No, it isn't the fastest thing on the road, but with 170,000 completely trouble free miles... I thank myself everyday for purchasing such a quality made automobile.

12th Apr 2008, 19:23

I bought my 96 Accord four years ago, and I am very pleased with my Honda. 174,000 miles and it is still quick, economical, and reliable. And with proper maintenance it will trip 200,000 with much more to give.

19th Oct 2009, 18:05

I have had two Honda Accords myself and it sounds to me like don't know in how to maintain your car.

Tires went flat and had to take to a dealer? All tires go flat because of punctures or being run to death and popping. You don't have to take a flat to a dealer.

The stalling issue? The EGR cleanout ports get clogged every 20k miles or so, if you would have known anything like this, your car wouldn't have stalled.

New wires, plugs, cap etc.? This needs replacing on any vehicle at a given point in time, if you would have replaced them when you thought it was getting time to do so, maybe it wouldn't have broken down on you later on.

I guess the point I'm trying to make here, is stop blaming the car for problems when you don't take proper care of it.

22nd Dec 2010, 00:15

I have a owned my 1996 Honda Accord EXL since new, and have had no major issues with this automobile. As others have said, you have to take care of the car by having regular maintenance performed on it or you will have problems like any other car. My '96 Accord has a 153,000 miles and is still runs strongly. I am very pleased with my purchase, and would do it all over again.

I am also the original owner of a 1997 Honda Prelude Type SH, with the 5-speed manual and only 78,000 miles on the odometer. These cars are a real pleasure to drive, especially the Prelude SH.