8th Feb 2008, 09:43

The up and down idle is due to a vacuum leak somewhere.

My next car will be a Honda Fit. They are redesigning it for 2009.

After years of cars I'm giving up on anything not built by Honda. So in other words, I'm choosing to have fewer automotive problems in my life.

If I wanted automotive problems I would do what so many others in America do and buy a BMW, VW, Range Rover, Etc. so I can have status and everyone will look at me as I drive around and I'll pay TWICE as much for every repair, but I'll tell myself I "deserve" the "Good Life" so I'll keep driving my overpriced status mobile.

12th Apr 2008, 21:14

Congrats on 300k! I'm about to take ownership of a mint 86' accord lxi with only 116k on it for $1000 (timing belt, water pump very recently replaced). From what I've read I'm sure I'll get my moneys worth!

4th Jun 2008, 13:09

My 87 Accord LXI 2 Dr hatchback is amazing. 345K and still running. Never garage kept and still looks good. I have replaced a lot of parts that failed or wore out. I bought this car new in 87 and have no intensions of getting rid of it, I try to replace with Honda parts, it does make a difference. It's maybe the most comfortable car I have ever been in. I'm 6'2" and there is plenty of room. The only bad issue is that it leaks in front of each door so I keep towels under the rugs. It was a northeast car but since have moved to Florida. The rust hit hard once I got in Florida but a little time and patience its like new again. You got to love these older Honda's. This one was built in Ohio.

9th Aug 2008, 13:17

We have a 1987 Accord Lxi sedan, automatic, with 106,000 original miles. We are keeping it as a 3rd car. It was my grandmother's car, so the interior is pretty clean, and it just had a paint job, so now the exterior isn't too bad. Also, just had the moonroof drains cleaned, and converted the A/C. New spark plugs, too. It idles a little hard, and occasionally the check engine light comes on with an emissions code. Need to resolve that.

QUESTION: I don't know what the recommended psi is -- for some reason she had the manual for an '89. We used the 89's recommended psi and now the tires look a little low to us, but we're not sure. Ideas? Specifications?

Any help is appreciated!!!

3rd Sep 2008, 05:25

The standard psi for passenger cars is 30psi. I hope that helps.

29th Jun 2010, 15:48

I just purchased a 1987 Honda Accord LXI Hatchback for $200 from my neighbor. It needs a water pump, but other than that, 98,000 miles and looks great inside and out. What is the car worth after the water pump, no rust by the way?

Thanks for all your insight!

16th Jul 2010, 21:49

I just bought a 1986 Honda Accord LXI Hatchback, first car. Owned a Chevy truck before, best decision I've made. Only problem is the low beam switch to the headlight went out, I need a whole new switch on the steering column.

Anyone know where to get one for cheaper than $226.80??? PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I want to drive at night! Haha other than that, the car has 200k miles and still feels like it's going to keep going another 100k with proper care. I'm glad I purchased the car.

MY e-mail is: kentheman024@yahoo.com

Thanks for any help!!!

10th Oct 2010, 00:45

I just bought a 1987 Honda Accord. The idle is rough, up and down, and it dies on me every time I stop. Can someone please help me out with some info?

17th Dec 2010, 04:17

I just bought a 1987 Honda Accord at 135,000 miles; it runs great after giving it a major tune up, BUT one problem I have is the idle when it's in gear. I've read from a couple of people that they've taken theirs to the mechanic, but they don't know what's wrong with it. I was thinking of having it taken in to a mechanic to ask about the idle. Is this worth it? Also, I need to get a paint job on it.. does anyone have an idea of how much it'll cost to get a paint job?

I thought of rebuilding the carburetor... wondering if this will fix the idle problem? Any thoughts?

9th Jun 2011, 18:49

I bought a 1987 Honda Accord with 292,000 miles 3 years ago for $700.00. After replacing the transmission and clutch, and installing a new battery and alternator, the car drives like a dream. Aside from minor rust around the rear wheel wells, the body looks great. I'm looking to crack 400,000 miles within the next couple of years. I'm at 318k. Money spent on these vehicles is an investment.

17th Apr 2012, 01:42

I just bought an 87 Honda hatchback LXI for $800, with 204k from the original owner. He also gave me a huge folder with maintenance recites and and work orders. I drove the car home, did a complete tune up and it runs like a champ. Adding a 2' drop and a cold air intake :)

29th May 2012, 16:32

Hey do you ever figure out that idle problem? Vacuum leak? I am having the same issue, and I am having a tough time figuring out the problem. Email me if you or anyone knows what is wrong with it...