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Should I buy Honda Accord 2003 with 207K miles ?

shawn72shawn72 Posts: 5
Hi, Should I buy a Honda Accord 2003 with 207K miles? How much more could it run with out major problem ? How about the maintenance cost for it ?

Thank you.


  • mrbill1957mrbill1957 Posts: 823
    A lot is going to depend on how the car was maintained, how it was driven and what they are asking for it. Do you have any history on it?

  • shawn72shawn72 Posts: 5
    Yes they have, but I have not taken look at it yet. I first want to be sure if it is worth taking look or not. I am a student and do not want to take risk in spending more in maintenance. Also I am lured with an offer of Honda Accord 2003 at a reasonable price. This is going to be my first car and I do not have any idea about the car maintenance. Most of my friends suggest to go for less miles run car, but some say Accord can live easily more than 200k. So I am confused if I should get it or get one with less miles run.

    Thank you.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    edited August 2012
    At 207K miles, the car is due for a 2nd timing belt job if it's a V6.
    If it has not be done so, the cost would be around $1K.

    Other expensive maintenance items are exhaust system, air bag control module (mine went bad at 115K), steering system, etc.
    If you don't want to take risk of spending more in maintenance, I would recommend avoiding high mileage car.

    I used to own an Accord 03EXv6. Maintenance costs did pick up when the car had over 100K miles.
  • mrbill1957mrbill1957 Posts: 823
    200k is high even for a Honda. With that many miles, you just don't know what the future brings. If you were a "back yard mechanic" and were able to do your own repairs, then maybe it would be worth looking at, but if your relying on a mechanic, my suggestion is to look for something with lower miles. My opinion may be different if I knew the background of the car.

  • shawn72shawn72 Posts: 5
    Thank you for your suggestions. I will post more information about the car when the owner responds back to me.
    Can you suggest me if it is better to buy an accord of year 98-00 with less miles or better to buy accord of 03 with miles >200k ?
  • shawn72shawn72 Posts: 5
    Information about the car :
    The owner says that most of the miles are due to highway miles.
    He has not done any timing belt job, air bag control module , steering system as they were fine. The transmission has not been changed.
    But the transmission slips a bit when shifting from second to third gear, and the car was in one minor accident back in 2008 that resulted in damage to the rear bumper. All the damage was repaired though. Besides the normal oil changes and emission testing, just the tires and O2 sensors replaced.

  • mrbill1957mrbill1957 Posts: 823
    By your information, I'm assuming it's a 4 cyl engine?

    If the transmission is starting to slip, the problem will just get worse. Personally, I would be looking for something with less miles and signs of a slipping transmission would just reinforce my decision.

    As your first car, how about something less $, a Civic maybe?

  • shawn72shawn72 Posts: 5
    It is a V6.
    I am not going to buy the car and look for another one.
    Thank you all for your suggestions.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,013
    Please feel free to come back here as many times as you need to to ask questions about cars you're considering. Our members are very helpful in trying to keep buyers from making purchases they'll regret.

    You might want to post in our discussion called Selecting & Buying My First Car. We have a bunch of members who "track" that discussion, who have a lot of experience with a variety of makes/models, who would be happy to offer advice on what vehicles are a good fit for your price range.


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