30th Nov 2002, 12:07


I also have a 1990 Honda Accord LX. My worst problem to date is a broken driver door latch mechanism. I am unable to open the door and also remove the inside door panel. I was told by a dealer mechanic to drill into the door latch. It's not as easy as it sounds and I still have not succeeded. If anyone can tell me how to open my door or get the door latch mechanism to release the latch, please e-mail me at:


30th Jan 2003, 01:35

Just bought my 1990 Accord LX. It has 154000 but beings it was a Honda that didn't scare me.

Handles great. Have a 1997 Aerostar as back up, but like this much better.

Have only one problem, water in trunk. Guess I will just open up plugs and put rubber and let water find its way out!

Any comments on water problem? chasel23@aol.com.

5th Feb 2003, 02:15

I traded in my 1996 Ford Probe GT for a 1990 Honda Accord EX Coupe. My new coupe has 165,000 miles and runs and drives better then the 120,000 mile Probe GT. I wish I would have known that Honda's were such great cars, I will never buy anything else. Good work Honda!

22nd Feb 2003, 14:34

I have a Honda accord 1990, my problem is when I turn the ignition key to position II, I don't have power or the lights on the dashboard are off. If I turn it to position III it will start, but when I let go the key the engine well go off. I checked the ignition wire and the yellow wire have no voltage. Can you help me to find where the problem might be? soloabiy@aol.com.

1st Mar 2003, 09:13


I have a 1990 Honda Accord with 146,000 miles on it. It is using a lot of oil, a quart ever 400 miles. It doesn't smoke or leak. Any suggestions?



18th Mar 2003, 11:16

I have a 91 Honda Accord. The check engine light keeps coming on. I have had the timing belts changed, all the seals and rings, the valves, the oxygen sensor, head gasket thingy. The problem I have been having is that the car looses power between 20 and 30 miles per hour, then the engine races and the car seems to straighten out, but the check engine light comes on and stays on. My mechanic says that it couldn't be the fuel filter, or fuel pump because it is a fuel injector system. I am really getting frustrated with this car. It only has 123,000 miles on it and I want to keep it, however I cannot take the chance of the car loosing power when I am trying to accelerate to get on the freeway. Can anybody out there help me? Also my mechanic said that after he did all the work, and the same syptoms appeared, he took the cover off of the computer that is under the passenger floor board. He said when he did that the car ran great, it did for a while, now the same old problem is coming back. Please can anybody help me? If you have an answer please e mail me at schreinc@idhw.state.id.us Thank you.

9th Jul 2003, 14:35

This message is for schreinc.

It looks that the ECU reads a problem from one of the sensors. It might be from a bad sensor, or from disconnected or damaged wires or grounding. Can't help more, but having the car inspected by a (good) Honda dealer may help you.

29th Aug 2003, 19:49

Words of wisdom. Get a good mechanic, and make sure you study the history of your car before you buy it.

3rd Nov 2004, 16:43

I have seen a lot of folks having problems with leaky trunks on thier Accords, I had the same problem and so does every other Accord owner (unless they live in the desert). But there is a fix and mine has not leaked since I did this.

Open the trunk and look behind the rubber gasket ring in the groove that water runs into (you don't have to remove the rubber). Above the fender (on both sides of the car) there is a welded groove where the fender connects to the truck of the car. Caulk this joint on both sides (left and right fender) AND caulk the tail light assemblies. This is simply a design flaw, but if you caulk the fender joints and NOT the tail lights water will just run by your trunk and into the lights- so do yourself a favor and caulk both joints. Then leave your trunk open for awhile to air out or it will stink like hell- but that should cure the leak if you do it right.

17th Nov 2004, 15:00

On that entry ^ could you send a picture to me of were the joint is because I can't find it, and I'm not all sure were to look. Also my tachometer and cruise control stopped working recently could some one tell me how to fix that (i checked the fuses too they are all good) grsab1@earthlink.net.

3rd Mar 2005, 13:49

I own a 1990 Honda Accord, and I have to agree with most of you... it is a great car. I seem to have the same problems as some of you, however, I have one more to add to the discussion and hopefully a solution. When I open the drivers window to midpoint, I get a crude gasoline smell. When I open the window fully, I don't get the smell. Does anyone have this problem?

12th Oct 2006, 17:55

Yes I agree with the first two commentators, based on the info you have given us, I think this Accord does not qualify as a lemon or even a 'bad car'. It has a few nuisance problems, but it's not like your head gasket blew (*ahem*... Dodge Neon...) or your transmission failed/broke down (*ahem*... Taurus...). We've had a few Honda's and all of them have been fine cars.