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Honda Accord, Electrical, Engine, Coupe, Sedan
#475 of 2107 Re: Tips for buying 1991 Honda Accord SE Sedan 4D [biks]
Nov 24, 2006 (6:12 am)
the honda used car appraiser is a start as far as value, but the condition of the vehicle and record of maintenance is so important:
yoiu might want to see if you can find a forum related to buying a used car...
you should check everything.
well, my advice would be (if you were serious about the vehicle) to spend $50-80 and have an independant specializing in Hondas give it a look over. a pre-purchase inspection.
if the seller is confident in the condition of the vehicle, they will allow you to do that to determine more objectively the condition of the car.
there are so many things you want to make sure are properly maintained, there'd be a long list of items. however a good shop can look it over in 1/2 hr to 1hr and determine if there are brake issues, starting, suspension / steering, transmission, etc.
was it a single owner vehicle? do they have records of servicing? is it currently registered? carfax clean? did they have the timing belt / water pump replaced? if so when was it done? does it burn oil? if an A/T, when was the transmission last serviced? how many miles are on the brakes?
if you drive it and notice any slipping or harst shifts in the transmission, erratic idle, poor braking, knocking / pinging from the engine, etc - you may be buying a problem vehicle.
for me, engine condition / compression, transmission and condition of the brakes are very critical.
#476 of 2107 Re: Tips for buying 1991 Honda Accord SE Sedan 4D [user777]
Nov 24, 2006 (6:38 am)
#477 of 2107 Re: Tips for buying 1991 Honda Accord SE Sedan 4D [user777]
Nov 24, 2006 (8:27 am)
I just did a test ride and gathered few more information from the owner.
1. Timing belt - Never changed or repaired
2. it is has AT - Never serviced
I drove about 10-15 miles and found the ride was not smooth. I noticed low vibration while driving at 30-50 Mph. It was little smoother at 70Mph but still not very smooth.
I noticed very noticeable jerk when AT shifted from 1 to 2 and 2 to 3. Also, when I shifted back and forth between P, R , N and D , with brakes applied, I noticed harsh shift and sometimes it took about a second or little less to change. Does that indicate problem with transmission??
The owner never changed the timing belt or water pump and never serviced transmission. So I guess I will need to change the timing belt as soon as I get it.
Also, I noticed it was much more noisy inside.
And what can we say about the condition of the vehicle ? good, fair or don't even bother looking at it ?
#478 of 2107 Re: Tips for buying 1991 Honda Accord SE Sedan 4D [biks]
Nov 24, 2006 (3:07 pm)
Timing belt was due at 90k, if that breaks, the valves hit the pistons and it destroys the motor. That is about a $400-600 service (replace the waterpump, timing belt, etc). The transmission should be serviced more often then never. At this point, I would probably write off the transmission and run it until it dies.
I have noticed at about 100-110k miles the front suspension needs to be rebuilt (tie rods, upper/lower ball joints, struts and mounts). My guess is given the car's lack of maintenance to date, that might be around the corner.
The transmission mount for the automatic can fail and can make a rough idle in the cabin.
#479 of 2107 Re: Tips for buying 1991 Honda Accord SE Sedan 4D [biks]
Nov 25, 2006 (6:03 am)
well the timing belt and pump is going to set you back quite a bit - and with the other inevitable stuff...
personally, unless you like a project vehicle where you are competent enough to do all the work yourself, and even if you had all the parts cheap... i'd say even then it may not be worth it...
hondas are built pretty ruggedly, but there is regular maintenance which has to be done. you'd be inheriting all the maintenance they didn't do.
personally - i'd pass on it.
#480 of 2107 Attn: lilengineerboy
Nov 27, 2006 (2:37 am)
I was reading the backlog and saw on posting #315 that you in fact have a '93 EX 5 Spd. Would you be willing to help me find out which transaxle you have so I can get the correct one? Thank you.
#481 of 2107 Re: Attn: lilengineerboy [nd2chill]
Nov 27, 2006 (7:53 am)
I would be happy to take a look. Do you know where it is stamped? I actually meant to look when I changed the oil over the weekend, I totally forgot.
#482 of 2107 Re: Attn: lilengineerboy [lilengineerboy]
Nov 27, 2006 (12:34 pm)
I appreciate it. You're not the only one that thinks I'm nuts for doing this. The transmission ID code should be stamped on the front of the transmission where it bolts to the block. I believe there is just a little UPC-type label on it. Thanks again.
Nov 27, 2006 (1:00 pm)
Hey guys, I am new here and wondered if anyone can help with a problem I have. I have got a 93 Accord (5 speed Manual) and I am getting a knocking / juddering sound when driving, but it doesn't happen all the time. It sounds almost like a flat tire, and only happens when I am driving at about 30+ miles per hour. It also only occurs when I have my foot on the gas, and then all of a sudden a knocking sound will kick in. When I let my foot off, it stops. As I say it doesn't happen all of the time, and over a period of time, the knocking get's worse. Anybody had this problem before?
#484 of 2107 Re: Knocking at speed [jaynewberry]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 27, 2006 (6:35 pm)
Try this. In an empty parking lot, make tight circles to the left 3-4 times, then stop, and make tight circles to the right 3-4 times. Does the knock appear then?