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#1 of 14 Questions of reliability of Older Hondas
Jun 12, 2006 (4:50 am)
I am looking into purchasing a 1988 Honda Accord. It has an automatic transmission and has 91,000 miles on it. The car is flawless, inside and out. It appears to be worth the $1500 asking price upon initial inspection. Can anyone tell me about their reliability? I am wondering about the automatic tranny as it is the first one I have seen that wasn't Manual. Are there any gremlins that I might want to look for? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
#2 of 14 Re: Questions of reliability of Older Hondas [me2butch4u]
Jun 14, 2006 (1:59 pm)
You should post this in the 1976-1989 Maintenance and Repair forum; you'll get a lot more help in that thread I believe. Lots of knowledgeable people reside in these repair and maintenance forums.
#3 of 14 Good advice
Jun 14, 2006 (2:00 pm)
But we can also run a discussion here on the reliability of older Hondas in general.
#4 of 14 Re: Good advice [pat]
Jun 14, 2006 (2:08 pm)
Sounds like a good idea to me...I wonder if my 10 year old Honda counts as "old" yet? Probably not, it's barely broken in with ONLY 162,000 miles. LOL
#5 of 14 Re: Good advice [thegraduate]
Jun 16, 2006 (9:46 pm)
Yeah, same as my 95 with 213,000
Maybe we should have a contest to see who has the most miles. I know there are some who have way more than me.
#6 of 14 older Hondas
Jun 17, 2006 (7:46 am)
I think it depends on where the Hondas have lived. There can be a lot of underbody damage in cars driven in areas where the roads are salted in the winters. We have a '93 Honda Accord that has significantly more problems of that nature -- rusting exhaust systems, for example -- than if it had spent most of its life in the southwest. This Honda has 157,000 miles -- no transmission problems at all (it's AT). Still running but has taken $$$ for various repairs every year.
#7 of 14 Re: older Hondas [suydam]
Jun 17, 2006 (5:24 pm)
Very true. I live in western Washington state so not much snow to deal with. I still have the original exhaust system, including the muffler. Of course, keeping it clean with all the rain is a challenge.
#8 of 14 Re: Questions of reliability of Older Hondas [me2butch4u]
Jun 18, 2006 (2:43 pm)
I have an 88 Accord auto with 137k on it. No problems with the tranny so far. They do have a firm shift, and should have the fluid changed with Honda fluid only every 30k miles.
Overall, the car has been very reliable. Only problems is a PCV valve failure, CV boots, and the usual tires, brakes, exhaust, and timing belt.
A nearby Honda master mechanic says this vintage Accord can easily get 200-300k on it. He felt that since they are somewhat underpowered, it's harder to abuse the engine and trans.
#9 of 14 Re: Questions of reliability of Older Hondas [me2butch4u]
Jun 22, 2006 (12:01 pm)
As the owner of a '90 Accord with 275K miles on it, I can attest to their reliability. I live in a high salt, harsh winter area so the body is starting to go the past couple of years. The engine and standard tranny, however, are still good. I need to change the timing belt though as it's almost double overdue at this point.
#10 of 14 Re: Questions of reliability of Older Hondas [poto1]
Jun 22, 2006 (2:43 pm)
I need to change the timing belt though as it's almost double overdue at this point.
Wow, ever see the game show "Press Your Luck?" You better get that belt changed before it becomes a "whammy" of an engine problem!