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Product Features: Engine Size: 2.2L - 4 Cylinders; Model: Accord; Seating Capacity: 5 Seats; Year: ; Fuel Type: Gasoline; Class: Sedan;... Read More
Product Features: Engine Size: 2.2L - 4 Cylinders; Model: Accord; Seating Capacity: 5 Seats; Year: ; Fuel Type: Gasoline; Class: Sedan; Current Retail Price: $3,734 - $4,693; Current Wholesale Price: $1,843 - $2,554 (Update Date: 16-OCT-03); Original List Price: $12,825 - $19,895 (Update Date: 16-OCT-03); Available Models: SE 4 Dr Sedan, LX 4 Dr Sedan, EX 4 Dr Sedan, DX 4 Dr Sedan Minimize
55 Reviews from Epinions.com
Mar 5, 2008
Nice car that still looks stylish
Pros: Stylish, zippy, economical, versatile, an excellent hauler for its size.
Cons: Hard to get in and out of for older drivers, AC really has to work.
The Bottom Line:
Nice, versatile, sharp-looking car that will serve folks with small children, or singles and couples quite well. Good gas mileage and reasonable comfort, plus lots of features.
The 1991 Honda Accord EX wagon is a five-seater, if youre skinny, but a four-seater for teenagers and up. Its a stylish car that still looks good though now seventeen years old. If you need a reliable car thats easy on gas, easy to park, and has excellent hauling capabilities while still being fun to drive, the Honda Accord EX wagon might be the car you need.
We bought our Honda Accord EX wagon in 1999 when it was eight years old and had 94,000 miles on the odometer. As an experienced used car buyer, I always figure on spending about $500 on a new car, as theres almost always something that needs fixing. This car was no exception, and the most pressing need was new tires.
The new tires, though, just gave the car the traction it needed to go with the biggest Accord engine of that day, the 145hp F22A6, coupled to the 5-speed manual transmission. The result was a roomy little car with a lot of get-up-and-go and great traction.
Next on the fix-it list was a repainting of the hood. The car had been parked under trees, with the resulting blotchy paint job caused by bird droppings. The repainted hood, and the bleedover that the shop did on the front fenders gave the metallic black paint a new look.
Finally, the car had the smell of a dog, so much airing out plus carpet and upholstery cleaning managed to rid the car of most of the odor.
In the intervening nine years this car has been driven at various times by every member of the family. That means Mom, the two girls while in college, one of the girls and her husband after their marriage, then yours truly for a couple of years, followed now by the current driver, my high school son. Mileage now sits at 192K , so weve put nearly 100K on this car in almost nine years.
My daily commute is ten miles each way, with both rural and city driving. Under such requirements I got mileage ranging from 22mpg to 25mpg.
On the downside, as I grow older I realize how much this car is best suited to younger people. The seating position is nearly like a sports car, i.e., very low. If youre not physically flexible, this could be a hard car to get in and out of. The later 1994-97 Accord sits up higher. Also, the air conditioning has to really work hard and has a hard time keeping up with extremely hot weather.
In addition to the items I mentioned above, weve kept up maintenance on the car, both routine and necessary repairs. The routine stuff includes oil changes, spark plugs and wires replacement, battery replacement, brakes, tires, and an upgraded radio/CD player.
Necessary repairs have included the following:
1. New clutch at about 110K.
2. Two sets of half-axles, which are the front wheel axles that extend from the ends of the transverse-mounted engine (actually the transaxle). These half-axles are perhaps the Achilles heel of the Accord line, as they take a lot of abuse and periodically require replacement to the tune of about $250 per axle. The indicator of the need to replace is a chattering heard from the front end of the car on sharp turns.
3. Most recently the ignition switch went bad, preventing the car from starting, and requiring that the car be towed to the mechanics shop. At the same time I had the rear liftgate lock repaired, as it had lost the ability to be locked, making the whole car insecure.
The Cars Equipment
The Honda Accord EX is well-equipped. This body style is common to the 1990-93 Accord line. Honda no longer makes a station wagon, however, as the 1997 model was the last one.
Here are some of the features of the Honda Accord EX:
1. Power windows, power steering, power brakes, power drivers seat, power locks, power moon roof, retractable rear-mounted antenna.
2. Air conditioning, AM/FM/cassette player with stereo speaker system, rear wiper.
3. Drivers side air bag.
4. 145hp F22A6 2.2-liter inline 4 cylinder engine with fuel injection, 5-speed manual transmission (automatic available).
5. Styled aluminum alloy wheels with P195/60R15 radial tires.
6. Folding rear split seats, which allow for several hauling configurations, with a flat floor all the way to the back of the front seats, roll-up luggage screen to protect occupants from sliding luggage in the case of a sudden stop.
If you can find a well-cared-for Honda Accord EX, and need a reliable, economical car, with good looks and good performance, this just might be the car that will fit your needs.
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