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Older Honda Accords



  • pj23pj23 Posts: 158
    Bunk, I don't think you need to worry about an '03 Accord falling to pieces around you or anything, but it may be prudent to wait. I bought an '01 Civic, which was the first year for the new model. I had absolutely zero problems whatsoever with the car. There were a few minor issues (gas gauge reading incorrect, radio bugs) with the Civics that Honda addressed and resolved by the time mine was built. That being said, if I did it again, I would've waited for the '02s, because there were some suspension changes and minor interior upgrades that I would've liked, that were made to the '02s.

    I bought an '02 EX-V6 Coupe a few months ago. Very glad I did. I love the current car, it's got everything I need, and as others have pointed out, I'll be ready to trade mid-generation of the new car. Any bugs or tweaks will have been made by then, and I feel pretty sure that some minor bugs will creep up that need to be adressed and other minor changes will be made to the new Accords, once they've been around for a model year.
  • ickes_mobileickes_mobile Posts: 675
    The only one of your reservations on the '02 car I have heard of is road/wind noise. On our car, the road or wind noise is an off/on issue really depending on road surface and condition. The wind noise I think is due to the large side mirrors, which are really a positive. By all accounts and in my own opinion, the current Accord has outstanding steering and handling, which is superior to any other mid-size sedan by any measurable statistic.

    I would not hesitate to buy another 6th generation car. I also agree with pj23 above about getting into the car's mid-generation cycle. With Honda, a model is typically "updated" mid-cycle meaning it will have a fresh appearance over proven mechanicals.

    I do understand your concern about the power increase rumored to be availale in the new car. I would only caution that it is not certain that the new car, especially the sedan, will have 240hp. "Reports" have ranged from saying the V-6 will be a carryover, to being similar to competitive makers. If this is a primary concern, maybe holdoff long enough to get specific details on the new car before making a decision.

    The Paul Lienardt artical at Detroit News today ( says that all specifcs are embargoed until the end of this month, meaning more information will be available soon.
  • talon95talon95 Posts: 1,110
    I've read that the main culprit with the wind noise issue is the fact that the side mirrors are folding, unlike the Camry's fixed mirrors. More pieces, seams and things for the wind to whistle around. I know the previous gen Camry didn't have folding mirrors, and I'm pretty sure the new gen doesn't either.

    Frankly, I don't find the wind noise to be a problem in my 2000 EX sedan... road noise is the main area that needs work, IMO.
  • wgrwgr Posts: 127
    I won't be in the market for a new car for about another year, so I have no problem waiting; but I have seen some really great prices for the 02 models in the Chicago area. You can get an LX 6cyl with sunroof and most everything else for a little over $21,000. If my finances were able to swing it, I would seriously consider buying an 02 now. Apparently, Honda is giving big incentives to dealers to sell off their 02 inventories.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Did anyone realize the TAURUS outsold the Accord in May 2002?
  • cds12cds12 Posts: 139
    Hertz probably accounted for most of those Taurus sales.
  • mtr2mtr2 Posts: 7
    My 98 accord 4-dr has a windshield crack (debris from freeway hit the glass) and needs to be replaced. Safe-lite quotes $285.00. Is that reasonable and upto specifications? Out of curiosity I called the dealer and he quoted $650.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Yes, but the Accord has outsold the Taurus for the past 4 years. Also, Ford is back with 0% financing.
  • mtr2mtr2 Posts: 7
    My 98 accord 4-dr has a windshield crack (debris from freeway hit the glass) and needs to be replaced. Safe-lite quotes $285.00. Is that reasonable and upto specifications? Out of curiosity I called the dealer and he quoted $650.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Yes but Taurus+Sable if combined-they are essentially the same car-have still been the biggest sellers.
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    We had the windshield on a CR-V replaced once. We claimed through insurance and only paid the deductible but I know the actual cost was about $700 Cdn. So $285USD for an Accord windshield actually seems cheap. BTW, how come you can't claim it through insurance?
  • hbund216hbund216 Posts: 162
    Dealers are usually more expensive than other shops but some questions to ask are: Is it an original Honda windshield? If not, does it have the factory tint or something comparable? Does it have the heavy tint strip along the top?
  • splitoesplitoe Posts: 19
    Is it a good price 02 Accord LX v6 for a little over $21000? I am glad I live in Socal, I paid $17018 in May for a SE which includes $590 dealer installed options. My co-worker paid $23650 for a V6 EXL, absolutely top of line.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    How do I know? My aunt is a saleswoman at a Ford dealership in my area. The Taurus just doesn't sale here. Now just about ever car they have as a rental is either the Taurus or Focus. Taurus will probably never outsell the Accord by outright TRUE sales. Fleets to me mean nothing. I like the new Taurus though, it's way better than the previous model, but not better than the Accord.
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    You should get your aunt to go work for a Honda dealer!

    By the way, off topic, but has anyone else found it painfully slow navigating within TH in the last few days. It seems it's only slow in TH. I'm already on cable. Christ, if I was on a dial-up, I would have fossilized!
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    The way the particular dealerships my aunt works for works in simple. She is employed with the Ford Store, but she can go across the street to the Honda store, Mazda store, Lincoln store, or VW store and sell those if she wishes. So in a sense, she does work for the Honda dealership as well. I have to get a new transmission for my 1991 Honda Accord, so I am leaving my car with her soon. I'll have my 1992 Accord DX serviced in October so they can give us a 2003 Accord rental for a weekend!! I can't wait, talk about an extended test drive!
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    I have a 1992 Honda Accord DX, and a 1991 Honda Accord EX that I received when my Grandmother passed away last April.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    It has been extremely slow and I'm on DSL.
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    those sales figures include the sable.
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    I am on dialup, and it has been so slow I keep another browser open so I can check other forums while I am waiting for something to happen here. :( Seems OK this morning.
  • porknbeansporknbeans Posts: 464
    According to the Alpha nerd from Edmunds (I use that affectionately,really), they have been on a back-up server for the last few days and hope to be operating normally soon.

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  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    It seems worse at peak hours, but it has been slower all around.
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    I took a test of the Accord EX V6 again yesterday. I do notice that the car does have body roll and does not grip the road all that well, but it still has a great feel to it.
    One thing I noticed that no one has said anything about is how the front windshield makes you feel like you have no front end on the car. I don't know how to explain it, and I know that it gives you a clear view, but it feels like I don't have a front end and I am just looking through a huge window. I wonder if anyone has noticed this and if anyone has had any trouble in judging how close they are to cars in front of them when parking and such?
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    What should I expect from the EX V6 Coupe? I saw an add on edmunds that said they averaged 18 mpg with the 1999??
    That is not so great.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I think you are obsessing. Without disrespect- you are not going to find the "perfect" sedan in the 20-25K price range. The Accord, Altima, and Camry (affectionately known as the mainstreamers) all have their own unique strengths and weaknesses, but none is without its weakness. Most of the said weaknesses really arent that unbearable, and in the end, you will more than likely be happy with what you choose. Whichever vehicle best suits your needs is probably the one you should get. Remember in school how on multiple choice exams, the instructions would read "choose the answer that is most correct" even though all were right but none were exact? This is sort of like that. (Sorry, thats the best analogy I could come up with).

    PS- If you want less body roll... try Passat.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Do you really sit in your car or do you slouch? I have no problem judging the distance of my front bumper to anything in front of it because I've developed a "feel" for how big the car is.
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    #1 of 12  by hondaown  Feb 25, 2002 (03:59 pm)

    Pros: 2001 Accord EX V-6 coupe owners like myself undoubtedly enjoy the 200 hp V6. The interior is comfortable. The radio/CD is top shelf.

    Cons: At highway speeds, the interior noise level -- especially the whistling coming from the front of the sunroof when the roof is closed but the plastic shade is open - is hideous. I've owned four hondas, including two preludes (1988 SI, 1994 SI, 1983 civic 4dr). I've never heard such a racket, even after turning the radio up. The honda people tell me they hear the noise, as well. They say it's normal. Such clatter for the $25,000 top-of-the-line accord coupe is ridiculous. I've driven quieter used hondas with four times as many miles.

    Also, the handling is dicey. You better be ready to make a turn. The transmission shifts oddly, sometimes even going up a hill.

    If I had it to do it over, I wouldn't have purchased this bird. I should have tried the Volkswagen Passat V6 or maybe even a used Acura.


    So they're going to scrap the prelude and keep the accord v-6 coupe, which handles like an empty shopping cart. What a joke.

    Has anyone else heard the whistling and interior road noise on their accord 2001 EX-V6 coupe? Please, let me know.


    **I have seen a couple of these writings and the "dicey handling" and the no adhesion comments worry me most. I am definetely understanding that there is no perfect vehicle, but things seemed to be narrowing down to the Accord Ex V6 coupe for myself. These issues that I have mentioned definetely give me doubts and I don't have 24000 to blow any day of the year.
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    I have been in a pick up for about 7 years now, maybe that is part of the problem, but it seemed that looking through the Accord Coupes windshield gave you very little indication of the size of your vehicle. I don't really know how to explain it any better. It just did not seem like I was in the car I had just seen on the outside. Do you know kind of what I mean? I test drove some other cars and did not get quite the same feel. I will have to pay better attention, but if you say that you get used to it and realize the size of your car and do not have problems with judging how close your front end is to something, I will take your word for it.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Yes, I know what you mean. My sister has a Chevy TB and the way the new SUV's hood slopes downward, it's almost like looking through the window of a minivan.

    But I find that I can quickly adjust to the size of a vehicle after driving it for a short while. It may be different for you, though.
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